[California Moms Blog Hop] One of my Favorite Places -- Irvine Park Railroad.

Monday, February 27, 2017

A couple weeks ago, Justine sent me an email asking if I'd like to contribute to a California Mom's post she was working on for her blog. She wanted to get input from other California Mom's on some of their top spots to go with their families in California and she was going to put together a post highlighting them all. Well, enough of us must have suggested that it would be fun to make it a blog hop, because today, we're all sharing some of our favorite places with you!

Irvine Regional Park.

This park is quite popular, but was completely unknown to me for years. I didn't grow up in Southern California so I guess it's somewhat fair to say that I "shouldn't have know about it" before having Mason, but really it's a great park to go to no matter your age or if you have children or not.

You can rent a variety of bikes for an hour or two and ride all around the park. We've rented a single surrey bike for just the three of us or a double surrey bike when we were with some friends.

There's a small (and I mean small) zoo that you can go to and see a good variety of animals for just $2.

You can take some amazing, gorgeous family photos.

You can hunt for Easter eggs during Easter.

You can hunt for pumpkins for Halloween. Here too.

During Christmas, they turn the train into a Christmas Train and put lights all over it and lights all over the trees. There's games and activities and you can ride the train to go meet Santa.

2016 // 2015 // 2014

And you also used to be able to buy Christmas trees there too (they stopped this past year).

And there's so much more that we've never even done like horse rides, paddle boat rentals, and
pony rides. You can also throw a birthday party there, BBQ, hang out, rent a bounce house, and play volleyball.

We love this park and go any chance we get. If you live anywhere near Orange County, I highly recommend visiting Irvine Regional Park!
For more information on Irvine Regional Park, visit their website here.

Interested in finding some other great spots to visit in California?
Check out these California mom's posts below!

Sarah at Foxy's Domestic Side

Tiffany at Tiffany Ching Bean

Bethany at House of Mitchells

Whitney at Work it Mommy

Jenny at Princess Turned Mom

Justine at Little Dove

Are you from California? What is one of your favorite spots?
Not from here but vacationed here before? What is one of your favorite spots?


  1. That park looks so cute! I would totally rent a bike like that just for the giggles. Y'all are making me want to plan a trip.

  2. Looks like a great place to hang out! I miss California!

  3. I love love love this collaboration! I am saving this just in case we ever make it to California one day. I love the variety of things you can do at this park. I want to go there and ride on the Christmas train. How cool is that?!

  4. oooo this looks like fun! I went to Chapman and have a handful of friends who grew up in Irvine. Next time i'm down visiting them i'll have to check this out!

  5. This is an awesome park!!! Theres one that is similar in Los Gatos (a carousel, a train, picnic areas, gorgeous scenery) that I used to visit when I spent time with my paternal grandma. And I love that photo session!

  6. We really need to go this park more. We just went once to take family photos and have never been back. My parents have taken them to the little zoo though and for a horse back ride. So fun!

  7. I haven't been there in so long! I forgot how many awesome things there are there! Although, I honestly dont think that they had quite that many activities there when I was growing up. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  8. We really need to get to IRP besides Christmas! Every time you post or talk about it it sounds so fun! Marcus would love a horse back ride, and I'd love to just let Julia run around and blow some steam.

  9. I grew up in Southern CA, but I moved to MI over 20 years ago, so I really don't remember many places! My sister, however, just moved from Irvine and raved about this park!


  10. Wow! That sounds like a fantastic park! I'm going to have to visit when I'm in Cali! <3


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