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San Joaquin Wildlife Santuary

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Address: 5 Riparian View, Irvine CA 92612, Irvine, CA 92612
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+1 949-261-7963
06:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 18:00

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Beautiful Wildlife Sanctuary!

I recently enjoyed a relaxing and beautiful walk around the 300-acre San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. The day was just right: not too warm, and not too cold, with patchy sunshine... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Southern California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Timing and luck is everything here if you're a birder. Which may be a small matter if you're a local, but if you've traveled a great distance, I don't know if coming here would be worth it. Sometimes the place is dead, with very little presence of birds and/or activity. Sometimes you'll see some cool stuff (e.g., osprey flying with... More 

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Southern California
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46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently enjoyed a relaxing and beautiful walk around the 300-acre San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. The day was just right: not too warm, and not too cold, with patchy sunshine and a slight breeze. If you want to sit down, there are plenty of benches along the trail. Parking was free (turn onto Riparian View to enter into the Wildlife... More 

1 Thank surferdoc
Irvine, United States
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I live nearby and drive by all the time. I've also walked through. Very peaceful with lots of natural trails, wildlife, just nice in the middle of a city.

Thank leegL878WL
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1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

A few kind of birds,but l like! I think better is go there on the morning and walking around the pond watching the birds.

Thank David Z
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

This is a pleasant surprise, right near UCI. It is a great walk with plenty of benches to sit and watch the birds or just read a book. Anyone that wants to take a break I would truly recommend taking a moment to check it out. If you have more time, I would recommend you go inside the Center. I... More 

Thank Kecia H
Lake Forest, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Quiet, peaceful, the grounds are well kept, the scenery is nice, theres all different types of birds, insects, some mammals, there is a book store on the premises and the lady who works there (Ive been there doses of time, she's the only one I have seen working) is extremely nice, and knowledgeable, I enjoy coming here. So if you... More 

Thank bts91
Irvine, California
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

See cranes and ducks in this natural habitat is very relaxing. It is not that far from my home and because I attend many activities at the Duck Club, I sometimes just walk afterwards for a little excersise.

Thank 73EllenGwynne
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

wonderful place to find peace and enjoy it with the family . a small paradise in the city. I really recommend it

2 Thank taltal1313
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This is a wildlife preserve that is quite literally right int he middle of town. There are a couple of hiking trails as well as a side road that allows great views and some wildlife. Well worth the walk.

1 Thank Yobuck1118
Double Springs, Alabama
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Hard to believe this jewel of a birding location lies in the heart of Irvine, California! Late afternoon walks on the raised trails winding in and out of multiple waterways is a sure bet for shorebird lovers. Great place to capture golden hour photos of Avocets, Killdeers, and Cormorants stirring in the shallows.

2 Thank MajorDeez

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