The city of Irvine was formerly known as Irvine Ranch under a Spanish land grant. This planned community is named after a family that came into prominence for their highly desired ranches and meadows which the Irvine family developed as growth overtook Orange County during the 20th century. Today, the city which runs along both sides of the San Diego 405 Freeway, includes a world class university with a performing arts center, Irvine Meadows Amphitheater and Wild Rivers Waterpark. With Orange County’s John Wayne/ Santa Ana Airport directly across the street from the city limit and cities of Newport Beach and Tustin nearby, many residents enjoy living near their jobs, either at the University of California Irvine, or at offices surrounding the airport.
The newest draw to the city is the enlarged Irvine Spectrum entertainment area pictured. California’s 27th largest city has no beaches though its next door neighbor, Newport Beach, offers islands, harbors, a peninsula and scenic beaches with two piers. Minus a beach, Irvine offers many activities in a large recreational center, an amusement park with skateboarding and miniature golf, plus several golf courses.
Popular locations are South Coast Plaza, the Performing Arts enter, the Newport Beach wetlands and an ecological reserve, Fashion Island which is an Irvine Company-managed property and the Santa Ana 5 Freeway which runs directly into the heart of Los Angeles and into San Diego, as well.
The Irvine Spectrum Center has 37 entertainment venues, shops and a 21-screen Edwards Theatre and a 6 1/2 story Imax 3-D theatre. The Spanish motif inspired by 13th century architecture is carried in fountains, archways and light fixtures which all reflect a unique design seldom seen in the United States. Dave and Buster’s offers upscale American dining and adult entertainment with world class pocket billiards and hundreds of interactive games under one roof. Another restaurant, Sing Sing, features live entertainment with dueling pianists. It’s guaranteed your senses will be awakened with a visit to the colorful Spectrum.City of Irvine Irvine Chamber of Commerce Irvine Shopping UCI
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