Attractions at this 477-acre park include the Orange County Zoo, nature center, lagoon, mini-railroad, pedal boats, bike rentals, picnic areas with barbecues, and several miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. Facilities include four ballfields, a volleyball court, and eight horseshoe pits.
A quiet, scenic fishing lake nestled at the base of the Cleveland National Forest, the 700-acre Irvine Lake is fed by Santiago Creek. The area boasts a variety of different features, including steep rocky cliffs, shallow coves, deep creek channels, submerged high spots, and overhanging trees. Irvine Lake provides an excellent fishing and family park environment, and a fishing license is not required. Irvine Lake features a fully-stocked bait and tackle shop, rental boats and private launch, and café.
Located inside Irvine Park, the zoo houses 130 birds and animals native to the southwestern United States. Wildlife includes coyotes, deer, a mountain lion, and the famous Sampson – the hot tub bear. In the petting zoo, children can feed cows, goats, sheep, and other barnyard animals.
Peters Canyon Regional Park offers a unique blend of native habitat and man's influence on the land. The park encompasses 354 acres of coastal sage scrub, riparian, freshwater marsh and grassland habitats. The 55-acre Upper Peters Canyon Reservoir is home to many resident and migrating waterfowl. Willows, sycamores and black cottonwoods line the lake and Peters Canyon Creek which meanders through the canyon.
This 350-acre wilderness park has five miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian paths, which access 10 miles of trails to the adjoining Anaheim Hills. The Nature Center features natural history exhibits.
More than 150 species of birds have been sighted here, including scrub jays, California quail, and the sanctuary’s popular hummingbirds (which are seen in the greatest numbers during March and April). Rodents and reptiles are on view in the nature center.
William Harding Nature Center 1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
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Located inside Irvine Park, the William Harding Nature Center contains a self-guided trail and interpretive center with nature films and exhibits of fossils, plants, and mounted animals.