If you live in downtown Irvine, CA, you may be one of the happiest people in America. With so many fun things to do and see close at hand — like Newport Beach — it's no wonder Irvine is recognized as one of the happiest cities to live in. The only thing that might bring you down is having to decide what to do first.
Let's look at some of the best things to do in and around Irvine to get you ready for a California summer!
1. People-Watch at Newport Beach
With several nature preserves, romantic restaurants, and, of course, stunning beaches, you could spend the entire summer exploring Newport Beach. A quick 20-minute-drive or 1-hour-bus ride from central Irvine gets you to this fascinating area — and the multitude of connected beaches along this coast. Newport Beach offers incredible people-watching, while the stunning natural scenery and gorgeous sandy beach at nearby Corona del Mar State Beach are perfect for a stroll or refreshing swim.
Inland, you can explore the neighborhood, enjoy the Sherman Library and Gardens grounds and visit the Orange County Museum of Art.
With a great network of bike lanes and miles and miles of mountain bike trails, Irvine is among the top cycling cities in the United States. Joining the Bicycle Club of Irvine gets you invited to regularly scheduled rides most days of the week.
Or, if you like the adrenaline rush of speed without the workout, the K1 Speed Irvine is a large indoor electric go-kart racing center with two professionally designed race tracks suitable for all ages and skill levels.
A true hidden gem located in the heart of Orange County, the San Joaquin Marsh Reserve is a quick 15-minute-drive or 35-minute-bike ride from the center of Irvine. This 300-acre marsh consists of coastal freshwater wetlands — half of which are restored to their natural state — and more than 11 miles of nature trails. The remaining acres don't need restoration, as they are high-quality habitats for a wide variety of birds, including:
In addition, there are several species of reptiles and fish and other animals like coyotes, bobcats, and raccoons.
If you're an existing Irvine resident who wants to be closer to the action, or you're thinking of moving to this highly rated city, check out the luxury apartments at Main Street Village. This centrally located oasis in downtown Irvine is within walking distance of several local attractions, restaurants, and transportation hubs. Your new home awaits in this welcoming community. Come and visit Main Street Village today!