The Park includes the Orange County Zoo, a lake, a train line, equestrian facilities and hiking trails all contained within 477 acres. On this family-oriented bike ride, there are enough outdoor activities that you will be happy to visit this park again and again.
At the heart of the park, where the bike ride begins, you will find a beautiful, peaceful grove of Coast Live Oaks, the only native oak that thrives in coastal California. Sitting under these ancient giants, some over 250 years old and four feet in diameter, it is easy to forget the blistering desert surrounding you. Here you will find the nature center and bandstand near the zoo. As you enjoy the shade and watch the free-roaming peacocks, you are sure to catch the busy staccato of woodpeckers overhead hard at work.
The Irvine Park Railroad is a 1/3 scale train that takes visitors on a loop alongside the lake. Located next to the train, are pony rides and an equestrian center where you can rent horses to ride the trails. Paddleboats are also available, located near the bike rentals. Once you leave the oak grove area, the bike ride travels a path across Santiago Creek and right up against foothills on the opposite side. Here you will find mountain bike trails and woodlands to ride and hike. Keep in mind that these foothills lead into the Santa Ana Mountains, a wilderness area that is home to mountain lions, coyotes and rattlesnakes. Exercise caution as you explore and always travel with a buddy. As a family-oriented ride, this route avoids all roads except a single road crossing.
By bus, OCTA bus 54 makes a stop on Santiago Canyon Road. From there the park is a 0.2 miles ride. By car, exit the 55 Freeway at exit 14, Chapman Avenue heading eastbound. After 4.1 miles turn left onto Jamboree Road, then right onto Irvine Park Road after 0.2 miles. This road takes you right into the park.
Food and drink
There are two snack bars located in the park, one near the train station and the other by the lake across from the zoo. There are also numerous picnic tables and barbecues.
For those interested in a longer ride, explore the peaceful roadways that wander the park, including a giant looping route that connects the park’s oldest and newest sections, located just to your left as you enter the park.
At the ride’s start, beside the snack bar, a variety of bikes are available for rent including quads, cruisers and kid’s bikes.
The Orange County Zoo grew out of a 1905 collection of red foxes, that later included mule deer and alligators. Today its focus is largely on plants and animals native to the southwest. Among the animals you will see are black bears, mountain lions, bald eagles, and red tail hawks. There is also a section dedicated to domesticated animals including potbelly pigs, goats, and sheep.
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