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13 Things to Do This Summer in Newport Beach

June 18, 2024

Boredom doesn’t exist in Newport Beach—it’s just a fact! 

Our coastal city offers a little something for everyone, making it the perfect place to visit as the weather heats up. From recreational pursuits like boating, parasailing and whale-watching to leisurely activities like shopping and sunbathing, you’ll never run out of things to do! With that said, we’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite activities and pastimes, to add to your summer bucket list in Newport Beach!

Ride the Ferris Wheel

Located at the Balboa Fun ZoneNewport Beach’s premier waterfront amusement area, the Ferris Wheel has been a day and night landmark since 1936! Take a spin and enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor from above.

Get a Frozen Banana

Ah, the classic frozen banana! These sweet, chocolate-dipped confections can be found at Sugar ‘n Spice on Balboa Island. Take a stroll down Marine Avenue to get a taste of the good life for yourself.

See the Surfers at The Wedge

With its barrelling, pyramid-shaped waves, The Wedge is an iconic spot to watch the surfers do their thing. The waves here can reach up to 20 feet tall! Grab a seat on the sand and enjoy the show.

Watch The Old Glory Boat Parade

Looking to dive into some classic Fourth of July fun? The American Legion Yacht Club’s Old Glory Boat Parade is an annual tradition that invites boat owners to deck out their vessels in red, white, and blue for a cruise around Newport Harbor. Not a boat owner? No worries! Grab a prime spot on the sand and enjoy the spectacle of this star-spangled summer celebration!

Take the Ferry to Balboa Island

Hop aboard the historic Balboa Island Ferry for a short cruise across the harbor to Balboa Island. Take a stroll down Marine Avenue as you pop into quaint boutiques and family-owned restaurants. This island is a little slice of paradise and features a beautiful walking path that loops around the bayfront.

Rent an Electric Boat

Celebrate summer with a boat ride around the harbor. Newport Beach is home to a variety of rental companies, including Duffy Electric Boat RentalsVision Electric Boat RentalNewport Beach Boat Rentals and more.

Paddleboard on the Back Bay

Make waves this summer with a paddleboard cruise around the sparkling Back BayPirate Coast Paddle Company rents both kayaks and stand-up paddleboards and even offers moonlight paddles and glow-in-the-dark tours.

Plane a Beach Bonfire

Reserve a fire pit in Crystal Cove this summer and enjoy a beautiful Newport Beach sunset on the sand! Bring a cooler with hot dogs to grill and marshmallows to roast.

Spend a Day at Newport Dunes

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is the perfect place to spend a summer day. Let the kids play on towering waterslides, inflatables and icebergs at the Newport Dunes Water Park(now open!).

Shop at Lido Marina Village

This charming village by the bay is home to a medley of cozy cafes, trendy restaurants, fashion-forward boutiques and specialty shops. There’s no better place to revamp your summer wardrobe than Lido Marina Village.

Try a New Restaurant

This past year, Newport Beach welcomed (and is still welcoming) several new restaurants, ranging from snazzy sushi outposts to tasty Italian trattorias. Some of these include Buona Irv’s Burgers and SET Steak & Sushi (both open) and Buona Forchetta and Ocean 48 (both coming soon). Make a reservation—you might just discover your new favorite dining spot!

Explore the Tide Pools

At the end of a ravine called Buck Gully in Corona del Mar sits Little Corona—a small beach known for its rocky reefs and tide pools. Spend an afternoon exploring, and be sure to check the tide schedule before you go!

Go Whale-Watching

While animals like dolphins and seals can be seen year-round, warmer waters bring blue whales close to shore during the months of May through November. Book a whale-watching excursion with Newport LandingNewport Coastal Adventure or Davey’s Locker to see these creatures up close.

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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