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Where to Have Fun Around Irvine, CA

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If you’re in Irvine on a road trip or vacation there are many things you can see and do that are really close. We here at Irvine Auto Center absolutely love our city of Irvine, and have some great suggestions of where to spend some fun times. Here we suggest some activities and sights to see on a day trip from Irvine, CA.


Visit the Splendid Niguel Botanical Preserve


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This is a real diamond in the rough for nature lovers and just four miles inland from the Pacific coast, where you’ll come across a garden that spans just over 18 acres in the Crown Valley Community Park. There are several walking trails that lead to the very top of the hill from where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Saddleback Mountain and Mission Viejo. Almost all of the trails at the Niguel Preserve are steep although they are paved and lined with plenty of benches so you can take your time enjoying the vistas en route to the top. There are also a myriad of hidden alcoves and footpaths that take you around the lush botanical park that’s packed with plants and tree that are both indigenous to Southern California or from regions around the world with a similar climate.    

Take a Day Trip to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Irvine, CA

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Nature and wildlife lovers will thoroughly enjoy a day out in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands where there are more than 1,200 acres of undeveloped wetlands, lower mesa, and lowlands all operated by California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. Over the last 100 years, the wetlands have had various uses including a hunting ground, an area for gun emplacement by the military, and an oil production field. Prior to that, Native Americas were the only inhabitants of the area. The wetlands are alive with wildlife and you can easily pass an entire day spotting them in their natural habitat.


Try Something a Little Different at the Irvine Regional Park Railroad

Irvine Regional Park

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This is a fantastic day out for the family where you can ride on a 1/3 scale train through the picturesque oak trees of Irvine Park, taking in the views. Although smaller than the usual train, you can still sit comfortably inside the cars which are covered and protected against the elements. The train departs every 30 minutes or whenever there are enough passengers in the queue! There are plenty of events organized by the Irvine Regional Park Railroad including birthday parties, an Easter Eggstravaganza, Pumpkin Patch and a Christmas train that goes through the park to Santa’s grotto.


Find the Perfect Car for you Day Trip at Irvine Auto Center

If you’re looking for new or used cars in Irvine, CA you’ll be amazed at the range available at Irvine Auto Center. We are a well-established and experienced dealership with a strong reputation for exceptional customer service. No matter what your budget is, we’ll find the right car for your needs which is why we are your one stop shop for used or new cars in Irvine, CA. Come and see us for a test drive today. Then, you can get going on your fun day trip around Irvine!


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