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Balboa Island Museum

Offering visitors and residents a place to remember and enjoy the history of the Island. They are also now collecting memorabilia of all kinds, including photographs and stories.

Located at 502 S. Bayfront, Unit A (on the 2nd floor), right next to the ferry, on the Island.

Balboa Pavilion 400 Main St, Balboa

This is one of California's last surviving examples of the great waterfront recreational pavilions from the turn of the century. Built in 1905 by the Newport Bay Investment Company, it played a prominent role in the development of Newport Beach as a seaside recreation area. In 1906, it became the southern terminus for the Pacific Electric Railway connecting the beach with downtown Los Angeles. The railway's Red Cars connected the beach with Los Angeles in only one hour.


ExplorOcean is proud to introduce the nation's premiere ocean literacy center. Our Center has been designed to educate our visitors to the essential principles of ocean literacy through exciting hands-on activities.

From mapping the ocean floor to manning an ROV, in the Ocean Literacy Center no one keeps their hands to themselves! So roll up your sleeves and dive in- an ocean of wonders awaits!

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Attractions and Things to Do

Rollerblading in Balboa
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Balboa Island Ferry

Although Balboa Island is accessed by bridges from the mainland, why miss the opportunity to cross on the ferry! Balboa Island Ferry has provided continuous service between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula since 1919. This scenic crossing is about a quarter mile long, is open daily and carries automobiles, bicycles, pedestrians. Hours vary, payment is due once on aboard.

Balboa Fun Zone

The Balboa Fun Zone is one of Southern California's oldest and last great coastal amusement areas. Attractions include the old horse carousel built in 1938, a 14-foot trampoline, laser tag, arcade and boat tours. Located on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach.

600 E. Bay Ave. Balboa, CA 92661

Phone: 949-673-0408

Davey's Locker Whale Watching & Sportfishing

Located in historic Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach. Providing year round whale watching cruises daily & deep sea fishing trips daily. View giant blue whales, grey whales, & more. Fishing trips of all lengths and first time fisherman welcome.

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Newport Landing - Balboa/Newport Beach Sportfishing

Year round whale watching cruises daily view giant blue whales, grey whales, and much more. 96% viewing success rate. Open party fishing trips, day charters & overnight trips. Newport Landing's Coast Guard licensed skippers know the most productive fishing grounds and how to get there fast, with modern craft designed for maximum fishing action! Featuring state-of-the-art navigational and fishing electronics! Some of the extra comforts their boats offer include indoor snack bars & outdoor sundecks with seating.

The O.C. Cruiser
Ride The O.C. Cruiser to experience the best of Newport Beach!

Providing frequent service with three routes which allow for easy and convenient connections between hotels, the Newport Pier, Balboa Pier, Corona Del Mar, shopping areas such as Fashion Island, dining and evening entertainment. Visitors can count on The O.C. Cruiser to get them to Newport Beach's landmarks and hot spots. Cruisers are also available for charter.

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Featuring Attractions and things to do in Balboa, California



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