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Memorial Day Weekend 2021: Family-Friendly Hotels and Activities

May 18, 2021

Memorial Day is nearly here, which means summer is that much closer! As we near the end of spring, we look forward to endless beach days, backyard BBQs and plenty of fun in the sun. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s not forget we have a three-day weekend on the books! Whether you’re yearning for a seaside staycation or are eager for some family adventures, we’ve compiled a list of outdoor activities and the best hotel deals Newport Beach has to offer! From movies on the sand and glow-in-the-dark paddleboard tours to an epic water park the kids will love, these activities are sure to make your Memorial Day a memorable one.

Where to Stay

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Perched on the edge of Newport’s Back Bay, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach offers an abundance of family-friendly activities that’ll bust any fears of boredom. The expansive resort sits at the city’s epicenter on 26 breathtaking acres, making it a supreme destination for some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment the city has to offer. Whether you’re squeezing in some tee time at the on-site golf course or catching rays at one of Hyatt’s three sparkling pools, you’re sure to slip right into vacation mode—with ease.

Exclusive Offer: Kick your holiday weekend up a notch with the Hyatt Night In package! This offer includes a signature culinary- or wellbeing-themed experience (unique to each hotel) and early check-in, late check-out, savings on parking and food and beverage options and more.

Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel

Picturesque views and coastal-chic decor combine to create a noteworthy ambiance at the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel. Your crew will love the prime location of this boutique property, as it’s just a seven-minute drive to Fashion Island and a four-minute drive to the beautiful shores of the Back Bay. Family adventures await at this modern retreat in the heart of Newport Beach.

Exclusive Offer: Book your long weekend getaway and receive a $50 resort credit to spend at your leisure!

Newport Beach Hotel

With a quaint, relaxed vibe and beachfront location, Newport Beach Hotel is a great spot for a beachy getaway. Book a suite and enjoy the perks of a full kitchen, living room and patio (some even have jetted tubs). This small but mighty oceanfront property will even let you borrow bikes to explore the surrounding area!

Exclusive Offer: Book your Spring Staycation package today and select your guest room of choice, enjoy a Euro-style continental breakfast for two delivered to your room and take 25% off the current room rate when you book direct.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Towering palms, lavish living quarters and panoramic ocean views are just a few of the sumptuous features of this stunning resort. Revel in 504 acres of lush beauty as you soak up the sun at the grand Coliseum Pool, take a dip in your private marble soaking tub and cozy up fireside with your family. Nothing says “hello spring” like a few nights at this dreamy Tuscan-inspired resort.

Exclusive Offer: Begin your day sunny side up with a decadent breakfast in bed when you book a bungalow or villa! The Bungalow and Breakfast Experience includes a $100 daily breakfast, while The Villa and Breakfast Experience includes a $200 daily credit. Both packages also offer late check-in and check-out.

Holiday Weekend Activities

Day at the Dunes

In the eyes of a kid, what’s truly better than a jungle gym? A floating playground on the water, of course! And starting May 28, your kiddos can climb, jump and plunge on Newport Dunes’ inflatable water park! Towering waterslides, inflatables and icebergs come together to create an action-packed experience your little ones will love!

Beach Rentals…and More!

Newport Beach has all of your vacation needs. From kayaks and paddleboards to surfboards and electric bike rentals, there are a variety of ways to explore the bustling Balboa Peninsula. Zoom down the boardwalk on an e-bike or catch some waves by the pier. Whatever your mode of transportation, whether it be by water or bike, you fully equipped for a day in the sun.

Sky-High Sailin’

Up for some thrills this Memorial Day? Experience the adventure of a lifetime with an epic parasailing experience off the beautiful Newport coast! California Parasail neighbors the iconic Balboa Fun Zone and offers an exciting experience for adults and kids alike! Revel in breathtaking views from above and soar to new heights.

A Whale of a Time

Ranked as one of the top activities in Southern California, Newport Beach whale watching tours are a fun way to see these ocean-dwellers up close. Book a tour through Newport Landing or Newport Coastal Adventure and keep your eyes peeled for a pod of grey whales! And as you set out on your whale-watching endeavor, crew members will provide a narration of interesting facts and characteristics of these grand mammals. Your fam is sure to love this action-packed day trip!

On the Glow

Up for an after-dark adventure? Embark on a nighttime SUP Glow tour! Pirate Coast Paddle Company not only leases kayaks and paddleboards by the hour, but they offer a glow-in-the-dark tour through the Back Bay, where each board is equipped with waterproof LED lights that illuminate the water below. Click here to book your tour today.

Duffy Days

One of the most popular activities in Newport Beach is cruising the harbor on an electric boat! This is a relaxing way to spend a day with family and friends as you navigate the expansive blue waters. Not sure where to start? Newport is home to several rental companies such as Duffy Electric Boat Rentals, Newport Beach Boat Rentals and Lido Marina Village Electric Boat Rental. Reserve your boat online, and be sure to pack lots of snacks (and beverages)!

Flicks by the Sea

It’s no surprise outdoor movies have come back in style over the past year—and we’re not complaining! There’s nothing like bundling up in blankets, snacking on some popcorn and watching a flick under a starry sky. And this Memorial Day weekend, you and your family can experience Movies on the Beach at Newport Dunes! Weekend screenings include Kung Fu Panda on May 28 and Up on May 29. Don’t miss out on this cozy, family-friendly activity!

Surfs Up!

Eager to catch some waves? Newport Beach has some of the best surf spots…and surf instructors! Sign your kiddos up for a lesson with Endless Sun Surf School or Learn To Surf and let the pros show ‘em how it’s done. Both of these local businesses provide wetsuits and surfboards for all sizes and offer lessons for all ages.

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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