Things to Do in Newport Beach

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Things  to  Do  in  Newport  Beach

There are many things to see and do while spending time in Newport Beach. It is one of the country’s top travel destinations for a reason! We’ve gathered the top local attractions to visit during your stay at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

Balboa Island

This small but mighty island is a must-see when visiting Orange County! It sits in the Lower Newport Harbor and can be accessed by bridge or ferry. Newport Dunes is just a short walk or bike ride to the bridge. Balboa Island is filled with quaint shops, and one-of-a-kind restaurants and is home to the original frozen banana and Balboa Bar! You can continue on to the ferry walking past beautiful homes and yachts. Take a short ride on the ferry to the Balboa Peninsula and fun zone. From there you can walk over to the Balboa Pier to look at the Pacific Ocean.

Located 1.5 miles from Newport Dunes.


Running from the Balboa Peninsula to 36th street, the Newport Beach boardwalk is the perfect way to experience the heart of Orange County. Whether you prefer walking, running, biking or rollerblading, this path will take you past restaurants, shops, and upscale beachfront homes with an unmatched view of the Pacific. Stop at the pier to see the fishermen and take in the view of the shore.

Located 4 miles from Newport Dunes.

Newport Dunes Inflatable Water Park

Voted Orange County’s Favorite Attraction on LA Times’ Best of OC, Newport Dunes Aquatic & Watersport’s experiences promise a world of excitement to make you feel rejuvenated in the water. Thrill-seekers can scale giant icebergs or scream down epic waterslides. Whether you’re here on holiday or an Orange County local looking to add a splash of adventure to your weekend, you’ll be sure to make a splash at Newport Dunes Water Park. The Water Park is open seasonally and opens Memorial Day weekend 2023.

Located at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort 1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660.

Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy miles of trails with beautiful views of the coastline. Crystal Cove is known for its rolling surf, wide sandy beach, and historic homes. Check out an array of coastal wildlife at the tide pools. Last but not least, include a meal at the Beachcomber Café. Remember to make an online reservation in advance.

Located 5.6 miles from Newport Dunes.

Back Bay Loop

You can hop on the Back Bay loop steps from your campsite! This 10.5-mile trail is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve. Rent bikes from the Market and go for a scenic ride. At the North end of the trial, you will find the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center which features an array of interactive exhibits that make the Bay come alive.

One of many entrances is located behind Newport Dunes.

Fashion Island

Located a quick 4-minute drive from Newport Dunes, this al fresco mall is the place to shop the top brands, and eat at 5-star restaurants, all while enjoying the warm weather and beautiful atmosphere Southern California has to offer. Fashion Island boasts a koi pond, movie theater, unique and name-brand stores, and top-tier restaurants.

Located 1.5 miles from Newport Dunes.

Lido Marina Village

A recent addition to Newport Beach, Lido Marina Village has quickly become one of the leading destinations for locals and tourists alike. Situated along the Newport Beach Harbor, this collection of shops and restaurants has a more boutique and casual feel than its neighbor, Fashion Island. Main attractions include Nobu, Malibu Farm, Lido Bottle House, and Tress Apothecary + Salon.

Located 3.6 miles from Newport Dunes.

Lido village in Newport Beach
Lido Village - full of dining and shopping
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Fashion Island, just half a mile away.



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