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Things To Do in Irvine, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Updated on July 13, 2013

Things To Do in Irvine, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Irvine, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Irvine, California (TOP 5 LIST)

The city of Irvine was incorporated into California on December 28, 1971. Irvine has an estimated population of 212,375 (according to the 2010 US Census). This makes it the 16th most populous city in California. An important thing to note is that it has been rated the 4th best place to live in the United States due to the good quality of jobs, education and living conditions. Irvine has a sound economy due to multitude of educational institutes and technology companies. Irvine offers a variety of attractions and activities to both tourists and locals alike. Here are the top 5 things to do in Irvine, California:

1. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Opened on August 21, 1981, the Verizon Amphitheatre is the largest amphitheatre in Orange County and is home to the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. The Amphitheatre is managed by Live Nation Entertainment and has played host to many popular artists, including Coldplay. The amphitheatre has a seating capacity 16,085.

2. Irvine Spectrum Center
Opened on November 22, 1995 as an outdoor shopping complex, the Irvine Spectrum Center houses 164 stores. It is adorned with large moving searchlights, which brighten up the Sky above Irvine and can easily be spotted from Interstate 5. The Irvine Spectrum Center also features a theater, which has been a popular destination for families.

3. The Irvine Museum
The Irvine Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday. The museum has a bookstore and showcases exhibits designed by the magnificent likes of Baranceanu, Beaumont and Grimm. The Museum offers educational tours and programs providing an insight on these beautiful art pieces.

Things To Do in Irvine, California (TOP 5 LIST)

Things To Do in Irvine, California (TOP 5 LIST)

4. San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Owned by the Irvine Ranch Water District, the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is open every day to the public and features hiking trails. It is home to the Duck Club, which can now be used for meetings and get-togethers. Over 120 species of birds have the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary as their home. In addition, the beautiful sunsets from the Sanctuary are a treat to watch.

5. K1 Speed
K1 speed provides the thrill of riding a go-kart. The company uses electric go-karts, which can go up to 45 mph and offer an amazing time with friends and family. Visitors can make themselves comfortable on the plush leather couches as they wait for their turn to leave tire-marks on the 2 professionally designed tracks. The Pit Cafe Snack bar offers quick and healthy refreshments to satisfy the hunger of the go-karters.

Enjoy Irvine!
Thank you for reading my top 5 list of things to do in Irvine, California. Please visit my profile below for more "Top 5 Things To Do" in other cities around the world. If there is anything that you think should be added to any of my top 5 lists, please comment and share your experiences and knowledge. Your opinions are highly welcomed. Thank you.
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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I have visited the area north of Irvine and could see how it would be a great place to visit. Thanks for the information and tour suggestions.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Sounds absolutely wonderful, I live in England so I would love to visit, voted up! nell

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      5 years ago from Indonesia

      Wow, they are indeed great places to visit and San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary really the most attractive for me. I wish I could visit them all someday.

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      Billie Kelpin 

      5 years ago from Newport Beach

      Jennifer, We live close to Dana Point. We're selling our little 940 sq ft. condo and moving back to our RV at Newport Dunes. See the picture of me with my little dog Scooter? That's at Dana Point. If you see me walking around there, say, "Hey..." :) I'm hard to miss with my frizzy hair and my little Shih tsu Lhasa, Scooter. He has four white paws :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      5 years ago from Hawaii

      Really interesting. I should check those out if I'm ever there.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful place with lost to do and seen thanks for this useful hub

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      Jennifer Suchey 

      5 years ago

      Great hub. I love Irvine Spectrum. Have been going there more recently as we're moving to Dana Point soon.

      Looks like you have a typo in section number 2 you have a 5. mixed in there.

      Thanks for the hub. :D

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for this information on Irvine. I would definitely like to visit the wildlife sanctuary and the museum if I did not get a chance to visit the others.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Another part of California, I haven't been to treat. Your hubs are so descriptive. I will bookmark them for a future visit. Thank you!

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      Deonne Anderson 

      5 years ago from Florence, SC

      Seems like a nice place but not one I'd choose to live in or visit. If I was in the vicinity, I would probably check it out. I love reading and learning about new places. Thanks for sharing.

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      Billie Kelpin 

      5 years ago from Newport Beach

      Excellent! I live a few miles from there. Improv Comedy at Irvine Spectrum is a great venue. Have you been there. Name is misleading, huh? It's all stand-up and no improv. I haven't been to some of the places you mentioned, so thanks so much for the information! We must be neighbors!

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      rose-the planner 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article! Irvine California looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose


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