Nearby, we have the Orange County Great Park.
More than 13,000 acres, twice the size of Central Park.
Two standouts, the big orange balloon ...
and the carousel. Both free!
I have wanted to ride the balloon for a long time.
Sign in, and ride the carousel too, free.
The sturdy gondola, holds 25 for 8 minute trips.
A few rules, and a short wait.
These are pictures of the balloon ascending.
Up, up ... but no away. It's tethered.
It rises to 400 feet.
And from that height ...
the Irvine Spectrum ...
and the carousel below.
I will be back for more. Daytime too.