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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Shopping Centre
“Another hugely popular outside mall with a ferris wheel, stores, and restaurants. A wonderful place to take a stroll and bring the kids to play at the different lounging and playgrounds throughout the mall.”
  • 105 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Imaginations twist and fly through more than 100 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Cube OC. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine "launch" and explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur! Traveling exhibits and annual events such as Spooky Science and Science of Gingerbread throughout the year ensure that there is always something new to discover.”
  • 45 locals recommend
History Museum
“Charles Bowers was a land developer who lived in Orange County and before he passed away he donated a plot of land to the city of Santa Ana. In 1931 after his wife had died, a building was constructed on the land and in 1936 the Charles W. Bowers Memorial Museum was opened for the first time. Over the decades the museum has had various refurbishments and the museum’s size has increased tenfold. The museum is a great place to take a look at the different cultures in the world and there are over 100,000 items to peruse.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Airport
“best rates and newest vehicles can be found at the airport rental offfices.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Best restaurant and entertainment venue to visit in Orange County! Ferris Wheel, Merry go round, Improv Comedy, Edwards Imax theater. Very large variety of dining options! From casual to fine dining...the Irvine Spectrum offers it all!! ”
  • 57 locals recommend
University
“Visit the campus and take pictures. Get to know the university or come for your orientation. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Outdoor Shopping Mall / Movies - beautiful place, has great outdoor play areas for kids. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Zoo
“Zoo attracts animal lovers of all ages with 350+ animals, a petting barnyard & a mini-train ride”
  • 23 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A popular Chinese, Korean, Japanese food scene with hair salons, coffeeshops, ice cream, bakeries, and grocery store (H-Mart). Popular places include Curry House, 85c Bakery, 24-hr BCD Tofu, Urban Seoul, the Crab Shack, and Tokyo House.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Museum
“Pretend City Children’s Museum is “the world in a nut-shell.” It is designed for children to learn how the real world works. The museum is a child-size interconnected city built with rich educational intention, where children can assume various real-world roles. Through interactive exhibits and activities facilitated by highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Health
“A day on the golf course? We'll arrange your t-time at any of the area's outstanding courses. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Taro Swirl and BerryTale are our favorites! Boba tea in a hip and trendy plaza. Must see if you enjoy good food and nice cars (always a few exotics parked in the Diamond plaza nightly).”
  • 16 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The District has everything from a bowling alley, to a movie theater, to restaurants, shops, and bars. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Outdoor shopping center that straddles the borders of Tustin and Irvine. The Market Place also offers many great restaurant such as Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, Daphne's California Greek, Texas de Brazil, Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill, etc.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Newest Large Park in Irvine Shopping, Dining, Entertainment for Everyone. Call for Details. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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  • 7 locals recommend