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Balboa Peninsula and Fun Zone, Newport Beach

Los Angeles, California, USA


Newport Beach Boardwalk is definitely outdated and takes you back a few decades! It's still fun to walk around the shops at the Balboa Fun Zone, ride the ferris wheel (which has lovely views of the harbor and goes for a long time), and watch your kids ride the carousel. The beach boardwalk is sandwiched between interesting beachhouses on one side and the gigantically wide beach on the other, and leads to Balboa Pier. The nicest part of this area is the pathway on the other side, that fronts the harbor. Here you pass plenty of flowering gardens, little beaches on the water (slightly polluted sand though), and docks. It makes for a peaceful stroll and is much prettier than the wide-open beach boardwalk.

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The beach boardwalk between houses and sand.

Beachhouse with colorful adirondack chairs.

Jogging and biking on the beach boardwalk.

Beach boardwalk in gloomy summer weather.

As you approach the shops and restaurants.

Palm in the sand.

Docks at the Fun Zone.

View from the harbor side, the Fun Zone.

Dock and sailboat by the Fun Zone. See the cute architecture across the water.


Ferris wheel- so fun!

Cruising on a bench watching the happenings.

What a nice walk! The pathway on the harbor side.

Walking along by the houses on the harbor side.

Pathway on the harbor side.

Kids playing in the slightly dubious water.

Kayaks and bridge.

A teen with a bodyboard walks over the pretty bridge with hanging baskets.

The houses have private docks across the walkway.

Tree with awesome roots!

More lovely houses along the peaceful walkway.

It's pleasant to stroll along the harbor walkway.

Walkway with houses on one side and harbor on the other.


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Balboa Fun Zone is located at 600 East Bay Ave, Balboa CA 92661. From Pacific Coast Hwy, turn toward the ocean on Balboa Blvd. After one mile, you can park in the municipal lot near Balboa Pier. Balboa Fun Zone is open Sun-Thurs 11-8, Fri and Sat 11-10. Ferris wheel is $3 a ride.
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