the great park balloon.

have you heard of the Great Park balloon?  it’s in Irvine, and to ride it is free!  the balloon is the first major attraction of the Orange County Great Park, a 1,347 acre public space on the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Orange County, California. Passengers will soar between 250-400 feet above the surrounding landscape, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the retired air station’s transformation into the first great metropolitan park of the 21st Century.

for up-to-the-minute information about the Preview Park and the Great Park Balloon, please contact the Visitors Center or visit
for the convenience of guests, the parking lot opens 30 minutes before regular operating hours. registration begins 15 before the first flight. (tip: wind conditions for flying are best between the hours of opening and 12:30 noon.  if it is windy, the balloon will not be flying.) 

Also, take some time to look at the plans to build the great park.  it is going to be wonderful.  you can also rent soccer balls to play with while you are waiting for your flight!
happy flying,
jill, jack & kyle


  1. Anonymous says

    Hi I called and unfortunately, although a beautiful fall day-that is not so windy, the great park balloon is closed today FRI Nov. 12th, to clean up from yesterdays Santa Anas. 🙁

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