Metrolink Weekends - Daycations - Irvine

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    Irvine

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    Come Capture Irvine's Abundant Fun Factor

    Irvine welcomes you and your family with plenty of places to escape, explore and enjoy. Catch a ride on the big orange balloon at Irvine’s Great Park, then visit Irvine Spectrum Center for unique shops and restaurants. Or bring your bike on Metrolink and take a challenging cycling adventure to the coast and back!

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    The Best of Irvine

    Make the most of your visit with our carefully curated ideas. Watch for exclusive deals courtesy of our Metrolink partners – just show your Metrolink ticket. Enjoy like a tourist. Act like a local.

  • Day Trips

    Family Fun Day

    Take your kids on an adventure complete with a balloon ride and Ferris wheel.

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    Adult Time

    Escape to some of the trendy restaurants and shops at Irvine Spectrum Center.

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    Cycling Adventure

    For serious cyclists, ready for a challenging ride to the beach and back!.

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    FUN THINGS TO DO

    Orange County Great Park

    On the site of the decommissioned El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, this popular park features rides on the Great Park Balloon, trails, play areas, art and a Sunday farmers’ market.

    From station: Take Metrolink to Irvine Station, then take Uber/Lyft or taxi to the destination.
    Irvine Spectrum

    This enormous outdoor mall is well-known for its impressive architecture and opportunities for entertainment for all ages.

    From station: Take Metrolink to Irvine Station, then take Uber/Lyft or taxi to the destination.
    Pretend City Children’s Museum

    This “world in a nut-shell” museum is a child-size interconnected city that balances education and fun where children can assume various real-world roles and let creativity rule.

    From station: Take Metrolink to the Tustin Station, from there take OC Bus route 90 and exit Irvine Center Drive/Hubble or take Uber/Lyft or taxi to the destination.
    Great Park Ice

    For family fun, enjoy the daily skating sessions at the largest ice facility in the U.S. Skate rentals available. Located at Orange County Great Park.

    From station: Take Metrolink to Irvine Station, then take Uber/Lyft or taxi to the destination.
    The Escape Game

    Pick a theme from a 1950’s prison to deep space, or even a classic art heist, then team up to follow clues, solve puzzles, and complete your mission in under 60 minutes. Located in Irvine Spectrum.

    From station: Take Metrolink to Irvine Station, then take Uber/Lyft or taxi to the destination.
    Giant Wheel

    Whether at the top looking out over Orange Count or in the courtyard below mesmerized by the lights, the view is spectacular from this huge Ferris wheel at Irvine Spectrum.

    From station: Take Metrolink to Irvine Station, then take Uber/Lyft or taxi to the destination.
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    GREAT PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

    Cucina Enoteca

    Contemporary Italian cuisine prepared with a focus on California seasonality and the bounty of local farms, located at Irvine Spectrum. Irvine Spectrum Center

    From station: Take Metrolink to Irvine Station, then take Uber/Lyft or taxi to the destination.
    Fogo de Chao

    In the heart of Irvine Spectrum, this Brazilian steakhouse features an open kitchen to showcase gaucho chefs at the churrasqueria grill. Irvine Spectrum Center

    Hello Kitty Café

    At the Irvine Spectrum, enjoy a supercute menu with cookies, cakes, donuts, seasonal goodies, drinks and themed merchandise. Afternoon tea and cocktail service available by reservation. Irvine Spectrum Center, (Near the Giant Wheel Court)

    Capital Seafood

    Enjoy more than 100 kinds of dim sum and seafood in a casual, East-meets-West atmosphere. Conveniently located at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

    From station: Take Metrolink to Irvine Station, then take Uber/Lyft or taxi to the destination.
    Between the Rinks

    This restaurant/café is just the place for watching hockey games or grabbing a bite after ice skating. Located at Great Park Ice in the Orange County Great Park.

    From station: Take Metrolink to Irvine Station, then take Uber/Lyft or taxi to the destination.
    Wood Ranch

    An affordable American barbecue restaurant with a wide range of food for all tastes. At Irvine Spectrum Center.

    From station: Take Metrolink to Irvine Station, then take Uber/Lyft or taxi to the destination.
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How to Get There

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  • Good to Know Before You Go

    • Metrolink’s specially marked Bike Cars have multiple stalls designed to hold three bikes each. Also, each regular Metrolink train car can accommodate three bikes.

    • Have kids? On weekends, kids up to 17 years old ride free! On weekdays, kids 5 years old and under ride free, and ages 6 to 18 receive a 25% discount off regular one-way or round-trip fares. Each paying adult can bring up to three free on Metrolink.

    • Be sure to check the last train departure time for your ride home.

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