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Arts & Culture

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.

Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest
600 E Bay Blvd

Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest inspires, educates and engages the explorer within. Visit with local tide pool creatures like: sea stars, urchins, limpets, sea hares and more!

At Ocean Quest, visitors can see the latest traveling exhibit, explore hands-on learning in the Ocean Lab, and then enjoy the rest of the day exploring the Balboa Village with rides and great food at the Balboa Fun Zone (just steps away on the Balboa Peninsula).

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)

Formed through the merger of Laguna and Newport Harbor Art Museums in July 1996, OCMA continues and expands upon the artistic legacy of its two predecessor organizations. Exhibitions organized by OCMA's curators are in demand and regularly are circulated to major cities across the country. Today, an exciting and ever-changing schedule of exhibitions is presented throughout the year.

850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, California 92660
(949) 759-1122

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Attractions and Things to Do

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
600 E Bay Blvd

Located between the Balboa Pier and the Auto Ferry, the Balboa Fun Zone is the place for family fun in the sun. For 80 years the Fun Zone has been an iconic attraction for locals and tourists to eat, play, and discover. Visitors can experience thrilling rides here including the Ferris Wheel, Happy Swing, Tower Drop and the Arrcade with 30 classic games.

This is also a popular place to rent bikes, whale watch, take a harbor cruise or visit Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest for ocean science demonstrations and traveling exhibitions.

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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Outdoor Activities

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 Aquatic Center

Offering the public unique opportunities in the Olympic water sports of rowing, canoeing, kayaking and outrigger canoe competition.

The public can enjoy use of our kayaks and canoes by renting by the hour

Newport Coastal Adventure
Newport Beach

Offering intimate, guided tours on a fast boat, taking passengers to see the abundance of whales, dolphins, and sea lions off our beautiful coast. Private charters also available.

Enjoy an open air, limited group size experience. The unique design of our ZODIACS allows for the closest distance to the ocean of any boat. Leaning over the air-filled cushions, playful dolphins are at your fingertips! This truly magical experience is what keeps our customers returning year after year!

Newport Harbor

One of the finest and most scenic small boat harbors in the world winds its way back to Newport Dunes, a favorite gathering place for water-oriented family fun. A calm water beach is great for sunbathing and swimming with the kids

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.

Upper Newport Bay

Bordering Newport Back Bay, the Nature Preserve provides vistas of the coastal wetlands, which are reminiscent of the historic landscape of much of Alta California. Renowned as one of the finest birding sites in North America, several endangered species make this natural preserve their home.

While there, visit the Muth Interpretive Center with it's exhibits and interactive displays.

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Fashion Island

With over 200 stores, 40 restaurants and two cinemas with more than a dozen screens, you'll have the time of your life shopping outdoors amid sparkling fountains, sidewalk carts, ocean breezes and tree-lined paseos.

401 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach, CA

Lido Marine Village

Enjoy the harbor and views while shopping in this open air center with its brick walkways and interesting shops. Once you've finished shopping, there are many places to dine - or take a Gondola ride.

3420 Via Oporto
Newport Beach, CA

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