Written by Steven Toroni
Irvine, California is one of the many planned communities across the nation. While planned cities have seen a resurgence in recent years, the concept has been around since the early European colonization. The idea behind the planned community provides quiet residential quarters while strategically placing restaurants and attractions in close enough proximity to be practical, but far enough to keep peaceful and quiet neighborhoods.
For students who just moved to the area, they may feel like they are trapped in a real-life Pleasantville universe. The 1998 American movie takes place in the 1950’s in a community where every square of grass is perfectly trim and every person is well groomed. Irvine, as a planned community, seems like the modern-day version of the pristine town as it offers beautiful landscaping and quiet, smoothly paved roads to travel for your commute. While these roads are long and can be quite re-occurring throughout the town, they do lead to some pretty cool stuff to do that is perfect for a quick afternoon escape or a night out.
Check out these fun things to do in Irvine:
William R. Mason Regional Park
This park is almost 339 acres wide which includes a nine-acre lake. The lake is used for many recreational activities such as boating, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. It also offers a peaceful getaway in the early Autumn months, especially in the evening. The park continues with a softball backstop and turf fields, making this a great option for sporting events. Soccer, football, frisbee, softball/baseball and lacrosse can all be played here casually or in an organized fashion.Biking paths line the park and lake allowing bicyclists to enjoy the scenic route that William R. Mason Regional Park has to offer. The park is one of the bright spots of Irvine as you can spend an entire day soaking in the beautiful views of the lake while appreciating the green fields and trees.
K1 Speed Irvine
Vroom, vroom I’m racing! K1 Speed Irvine is the place for go-carting in the OC/Irvine area. The facility has TWO professionally made indoor race tracks. This makes for a perfect place to go for a Sunday off after a long work/school week. Bring your friends and enjoy the pristine race tracks at K1 as they specialize in building functional and fun race tracks that are well kept and consistently clean. Along with the action of go-karting, K1 Irvine has a lounge area with plasma screen TVs and leather couches. Stay a while racing fans! In the building is a museum-like exhibit full of historical racing memorabilia. If You get hungry, the Pit Cafe snack bar offers refreshments and drinks!
This place for outdoor adventure sustains visits year-round! Growing fresh, amazing fruit, Tanaka Farms is known for their strawberries, watermelons, and pumpkins. In the Spring, Summer and Fall tours for the respective fruits run daily. During the winter, the farm has a wide variety of Christmas trees. As the Fall approaches in the coming days, the pumpkin patch will be a huge attraction. A perfect day-date, the patch has a petting zoo, pumpkin picking, a corn maze and a wagon ride during the week. Explore your adventurous side on the weekends as Tanaka Farms offers ATV rides! The renowned farm is a great place for a day trip and a great way to spend the day in Irvine.