Irvine Terrace Park: Ride a Fast Tunnel Slide With a Window

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Irvine Terrace Park is tucked into a neighborhood along a busy section of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) near MacArthur Boulevard. This park is surprisingly serene. Views of Newport Harbor and the Pacific peek from beyond the Japanese pines and statuary in the Rotary Club garden – a little Zen corner just blocks from Fashion Island. Visit in the late afternoon and get treated to an amazing sunset over the ocean (or drive to nearby Corona Del Mar beach).

Location: The most direct way to this park is to take MacArthur to where it dead ends into PCH. Turn right and take an immediate left onto Avocado. Take the first right onto Kewamee Drive. It will dead end into Seadrift. Turn left and park on the street where the road slopes down. The play area is at the far end of the park when approaching from this direction. [721 Alvita Drive, Newport Beach] MAP to Irvine Terrace Park in Newport Beach

Recommended by: Tiny Oranges

Highlights:

  • Small play boat, bulldozers, ride-on seahorse, 4-kid teeter-totter, and lots of climbing walls
  • This is the first tunnel slide I’ve seen with a window – and it was FAST!
  • The curvy tunnel slide was tall and lots of fun – but not as fast
  • Great for kids of all ages (crawlers to teens were playing when we visited)
  • Rings underneath bridge made use of all available play space
  • Ocean view always a highlight
  • Friendship garden
  • Lots of lawn space away from the street

Be Aware:

  • Sports fields may increase play traffic (from younger siblings) and impact parking
  • Not necessarily one spot where you can sit and see everything – requires a bit more active supervision on a busy day
  • Small uphill hike from on-street parking
  • Restroom nearer to sports field than play area

Checklist:

  • Plenty of on-street parking, even with sporting events
  • First time I’ve seen rubberized mulch (along with the normal recycled rubber and sand play surfaces)
  • Bathrooms far away from play area near sports field
  • Shade under picnic covers and along one side of play area
  • Plenty of surrounding benches for supervision
  • Two picnic areas with multiple tables
  • Tennis courts, basketball court, and soccer field
  • Official City of Newport Beach website for reservations
  • Nearest public library branch: Newport Beach Public Library

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