Irvine Regional Park is absolutely one of my favorite mom spots! There is a wide array of things to do with your babe to keep him/her occupied. I can take my son there for about 2-3 hours, in between his nap times, and he'll be nice and ready to fall asleep once we get home! Here's a list of things to do:
All aboard the Irvine Railroad! The train ride costs $5 for each passenger older than 12 months. The train will travel all around the park with a scenic view of all the trees, lakes, and the foothills of Orange. It's quite relaxing for both you and the baby and lasts about 15 minutes.
Snack bar and ATM are available at Train Station.
The pony rides are located right next to the train, close to the entrance of the park. Each pony ride is $5 per child. The child has to be at least 3 years of age.
Children's Garden Trail
Take your little one on a quick hike and enjoy some nature. The Children's Garden Trail has beautiful plants and trees everywhere and is the perfect trail for a small babe. It has an easy path to follow that loops you around from start to finish.
Orange County Zoo
The zoo is found tucked away in the middle of the park, a little past the duck pond. This zoo consists of cool animals such as: sheep, goats, bob cats, mountain lions, black bears, and bald eagles. There's a little petting zoo for the goats as well, which is super cute! For each animal, there's a tidbit of information that's educational for both you and your babe.
Story Time at the Zoo
There's story time 2-3 times a week under the oak trees in the back left corner of the zoo for children of all ages. Story time is usually at 11:30 am. Make sure to check in advance, the time and day of week varies each week.
Lakeside Snack Bar
Get a quick bite to eat at the snack bar! You can enjoy your lunch under the trees, on a park bench. This snack bar is located right next to the OC Zoo. The bike and paddle boat rental shop is located right next to the snack bar as well for more activity options.
Feel free to take a quick stroll after lunch. Take a walk on the bike path, overlooking the lake and enjoy the peace and quiet. Also, a good place to take the pup. All dogs allowed if they are on a leash.
I bought the OC Regional Parking Pass that was $55 for the year. This parking pass is accepted at all Orange County Regional and Wilderness Parks and comes in handy if you frequent any of these parks.