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24 Things to Do in Newport in 2024

January 2, 2024

Goodbye 2023, and hello 2024! The new year is here, which brings a fresh start and new opportunities. So in honor of the new year, we’ve pieced together the ultimate 2024 Newport Beach bucket list! From activities like boating and tide-pooling to new places to stay and dine, let this list be your guide to exploring the best of Newport Beach this year. 

Here are 24 things to do in Newport Beach in 2024—happy new year!

Rent an Electric Boat

Home to more water than land, it’s no shock that boating is one of the most popular activities in Newport Beach. Hop aboard your very own electric boat this year and enjoy some time on the harbor!

Stay at Pendry Newport Beach

With sweeping ocean views and a posh, urban aesthetic, Pendry Newport Beach is a must-stay this winter! This new hotel is situated in the heart of it all, offering access to the best shopping, dining and entertainment our city has to offer. Book your 2024 stay in one of the beautifully designed guest rooms or suites and make a reservation at one of the hotel’s on-site restaurants, like SET Steak & Sushi.

Explore Sherman Library & Gardens

Set on 2.2 acres, Sherman Library & Gardens is the perfect activity for any nature lover. This horticultural oasis features winding brick walkways, blooming flower beds and lush gardens, and in the springtime, the botanical garden hosts a variety of lectures, classes and workshops, including painting classes and storytime for the kids and more.

Day Trip to Catalina Island

For a day of adventure, hop aboard Newport Beach’s Catalina Flyer and spend a day on the quaint and charming Catalina Island. Set your watch to island time and get ready to explore sandy beaches, hiking trails and coves.


At the end of Buck Gully, a ravine in Corona del Mar, lies Little Corona—a beach known for its tide pools and rocky reefs. Spend an afternoon exploring the vibrant marine life, and check the tide schedule before you go.

Dine at One of Newport Beach’s Newest Restaurants

2023 brought a flurry of new dining establishments to Newport Beach—from the charming, farm-to-table Skål Pizza to the Asian fusion-inspired Starfish. Other newcomers include Palmilla Cocina y Tequila, a stunning indoor-outoor restaurant serving up craft cocktails and Sonoran-style Mexican cuisine and JOEY Newport Beach, a buzzy hotspot at Fashion Island. Switch up your next date night and make a reservation at one of these newbies for a unique dining experience.

Go Shopping at Fashion Island

Kickstart your year with a little retail therapy at Fashion Island! This outdoor lifestyle center is chock-full of name brand stores, local boutiques and restaurants that’ll cure all of your shopping desires. There’s no better place to upgrade your winter wardrobe!

Attend the Newport Beach Film Festival

The Newport Beach Film Festival is back and set to take place in October of 2024. Mark your calendar and come celebrate the cinematic works of renowned filmmakers at this week-long event!

Go Whale Watching

Ranked as one of the top activities in SoCal, Newport Beach whale watching tours are a fun way to catch a glimpse of these ocean creatures up close. Both Newport Landing and Newport Coastal Adventure offer tours, and grey whales are often spotted between the months of December and April.

Spend a Day on Balboa Island

Full of charm and character, Balboa Island is the perfect place to spend a day! This historic enclave of Newport Beach is home to all kinds of quaint shops and restaurants. Stroll down Marine Avenue and soak in a salty breeze as you watch the boats cruise by.

Watch the Surfers at The Wedge

With its barreling pyramid-shaped waves, The Wedge is the ultimate spot to see the saltwater savants do their thing. Snag a spot on the sand and watch the crashing waves roll in—they can reach up to 20 feet tall!

Ride the Ferris Wheel at the Balboa Fun Zone

Known for its time-honored history and retro aesthetic, the Balboa Fun Zone offers entertainment for people of all ages. Take a ride on the colorful Ferris wheel as you revel in views of the sparkling harbor from above. 

Golf at Pelican Hill Golf Club

Up for a little tee time? Practice your swing with an ocean view at the beautiful Pelican Hill Golf Club. This championship course features 36 holes and breathtaking scenery, making a round here the perfect gift-to-self this year. 

Explore the Neighborhood of Westcliff

Westcliff is sometimes overlooked; however, it’s one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in Newport Beach. This enclave is rich in outdoor adventures paired with chic shopping experiences. Check out our guide to Westcliff here!

Camp at Newport Dunes

If fresh air, peaceful waters and wildlife sounds like your ideal scenario, unwind with a camping trip at Newport Dunes. This waterfront resort sits on the edge of the Back bay and offers both cottages for rent and RV camping.

Explore the City in a Moke

Stylize your ride with a Newport Beach Moke Rental! These colorful electric cars are street-legal and can reach a top speed of 25 mph. Cruise down the Balboa Peninsula as everyone admires your cute mini car!

Go Parasailing

For a rush of adrenaline, soar to new heights with a parasailing adventure! Balboa Parasail offers an experience you won’t forget, featuring panoramic views of the Newport Beach coast. Strap in as you float to 800 feet!

Paddle on the Back Bay

Maybe joining a gym isn’t your forte, but a day spent in nature is! Get your exercise in this new year with a paddle around the beautiful Back Bay. Pirate Coast Paddle Company offers both kayak and paddleboard rentals, so you can cruise at your leisure as you take in views of the sparkling waters and surrounding wildlife.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

When it comes to relaxation, Newport Beach knows best. Enjoy some “you” time this year with a rejuvenating day at one of the city’s world-class spas! We love The Spa at Pelican Hill, Spa Pendry, SPA VEA, Lemon and Honey Day Spa and The Spa at Balboa Bay Resort.

Visit the Corona del Mar Farmers Market

Shop for fresh produce and locally made goods at the Corona del Mar Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Situated at the intersection of Marguerite and PCH, this open-air market is a must-visit!

Shop at Lido Marina Village

For a seaside shopping experience like no other, spend an afternoon perusing the chic stores at Lido Marina Village. This quaint center is chock-full of boutiques, designer labels, salons, restaurants and more.

Take a Surf Lesson

Newport Surf Camp, Learn to Surf and Endless Sun Surf School all offer lessons during the summer for those who want to catch some waves. Their expert instructors will have you hanging ten in no time.

Rent Electric Bikes

Cruise around town on your very own electric bike! Pedego on the Balboa Peninsula has a collection of bikes that can be rented for a half day or full day, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore.

Take a Gondola Ride

Spice up your next date night with a sunset gondola ride around Newport’s beautiful harbor. You can customize your cruise with Gondola Adventures, Inc. and plan it exactly how you like it.

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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