Things to Do in Newport Beach
Travel from the east to the west side of the city – or the north end to the south end - and you will get a flavor of the distinct residential and commercial areas that combine to make the City of Newport Beach one of the most attractive communities on the west coast.
The best Newport Beach attractions are usually found in the water. Surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and body surfing are favorite year-round activities as the California beach destination enjoys gorgeous Mediterranean-like weather. The newest water attraction is Jetpack America, which allows people to fly and hover high in the air with the world’s first water-powered jetpack. Newport Beach is also an active community of walkers, runners, cyclists, and even Segway riders. With long stretches of boardwalks, bike routes, and trails, there are numerous paths for outdoor enthusiasts.
Exploring Newport Beach is fun whether you prefer to venture out on your own, or take a guided Newport Beach tour. Newport Beach has some of the rarest and valuable cars, so it’s common to find others cruising Pacific Coast Highway checking out the coastline views from above the city. The best spots to catch a sunset are Lookout Point Park and Inspiration Point.
Among the top sightseeing adventures is the whale-watching Newport Beach excursion. A Duffy boat tour is a way to explore Newport Beach by navigating the Harbor as the captain of your own boat. For a traditional tour, there are always for-hire tour guides willing to show you some of the sights and relay the history of Balboa Island, Mariner’s Mile, Crystal Cove State Park and Newport Coast.
A Community of Villages:
Newport Beach is known for its “villages”, each with its own distinct character and appearance.
NEWPORT FUN TOURS
Premier destination for all your land and sea activities, tours, and adventures. Inventory includes beach-cruiser bikes, electric bikes, electric kayaks, electric loungers, paddle boards, electric boats, and electric skateboards. Private patio (also available for rent) and dock.
BALBOA FUN ZONE
A trip to the Peninsula wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Balboa Fun Zone. The Balboa Fun Zone is one of Southern California’s oldest and last great coastal amusement areas and a popular family-friendly attraction for visitors to Newport Beach. Visitors can enjoy rides on the waterfront Ferris Wheel, play games in the arcade or tour the nautical museum while enjoying their favorite beach treats. This is also a popular place to rent bikes, harbor cruises, or take off for a day trip to nearby Catalina Island on the Catalina Flyer. The Balboa Fun Zone is located on Balboa Peninsula across from Balboa Pier off Balboa Blvd. A public parking lot is available across Balboa Blvd next to the pier. Or the Fun Zone can be reached by the Auto Ferry located on Balboa Island.
DAVEY’S LOCKER SPORTFISHING & WHALE WATCHING
Davey’s offers deep sea fishing and whale watching cruises daily year round from Newport Bay. View giant blue whales during the summer and fall and gray whales in the winter and spring. 95% viewing success rate. For fishing choose from half day or full day deep sea fishing trip options. Catch hundreds of fish per trip with over 2 dozen different species of gamefish possible including giant yellowtail , tuna, and halibut.
Corona Del Mar
Newport Center / Fashion Island
The popular Lido Theater opened in 1938, and the first film ever played was the Bette Davis film “Jezebel.” Davis was a resident of nearby Corona del Mar. The theater has been restored to the 1930s look and posters of movies like “Gone with the Wind” and “Casablanca” hang on the walls. The Lido is now one of the home venues of the Newport Beach Film Festival. The cinema is just the tip of the artistic iceberg.
NEWPORT BEACH JAZZ PARTY
Enjoy 70 of the top straight-ahead jazz players in the country in a four-day party offering champagne brunch, pool, and evening sessions. Four- and single-day tickets available.
ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
The premier visual arts museum in Orange County, OCMA embraces a broad array of cultural activities and media. It is dedicated to engaging diverse audiences by providing creative commentary and illuminating dialogue on issues in our society through the arts.
Known to locals as the Back Bay, the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve draws naturalists and scientists from around the world. Some 35,000 migratory birds and 200 endangered species make their home on the 1,000 acres of coastal wetlands, which also offer hiking and cycling trails and amazing aquatic activities – from kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding – for nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts. A recent ecosystem restoration project around the Newport Back Bay removed tons of sediment and helped promote tidal circulation while limiting predator access to sensitive areas. Some of the threatened and endangered species include the salt marsh bird’s beak, brown pelican, California black rail, coastal California gnatcatcher, and Belding’s savannah sparrow. Newport Back Bay flows into the Newport Beach Harbor, which meets up with the Pacific Ocean.
The Westcliff neighborhood is a community rich in active outdoor adventures with a chic shopping experience sprinkled in. There are several trails and walking paths among the 1,000 acres of open space surrounding Upper Newport Bay Park, and the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. The coastal wetlands area is renowned as one of the best bird-watching sites in North America. Also along the back bay is Castaways Park, which offers spectacular bay and harbor views from the bluffs. Both Westcliff Plaza and Westclff Court feature a diverse selection of dining choices and an upscale shopping experience ranging from fashion finds to fun shops for the entire family.
ENVIRONMENTAL NATURE CENTER
The ENC strives to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature. Located on a 3.5 diverse ecosystem sanctuary, the ENC is one of Newport Beach’s hidden gems. With a LEED patinum Nature Museum, trails to wander, and a seasonal Nature Butterfly House, the ENC is a fun for all visit.