Newport Beach is a lovely area of California and an excellent place for family fun. Almost seven million people visit this part of Orange County, California, each year, and it is not hard to see why!
Are you ready to get the family out of the house for a trip to the California Coast? Everyone could probably use a vacation right about now. From botanical gardens to boating, you are sure to find something for everyone on this great list of things to do in Newport Beach.
Rent a Boat
Undoubtedly, renting a boat at Duffy’s is one of the most fun family activities to do in Newport Beach. Large enough for most families, fitting up to eight people. Get out on the Pacific Ocean for some fishing, cruising, and sightseeing.
Bring the fishing poles to catch some local fish for the week or order some dockside delivery for dinner from one of the many local restaurants, and maybe even a bottle of wine for the adults to enjoy.
Live the Island Life for a Day
Once you have your boat from Duffy, you can take a trip out to the islands off the coast of Newport Beach. There are eight islands to choose from.
Of course, you can just take a cruise around the islands, or you can dock and get out to explore. The most popular ones are the Balboa Islands, which is comprised of three islands- Balboa, Little Balboa, and Collins Island. The other islands are restricted to residential areas.
The Balboa Islands are very family-friendly, with plenty of shopping, art, and restaurants with fresh local seafood and produce on offer. Santa Catalina Island is a beautiful destination island to cruise out to on the boat. Even better are the California Channel Islands!
Check Out a Local Yacht Club
There are at least a dozen yacht clubs in the Newport Beach area. And, if you plan on buying a boat here, you might as well check a few of them out. Balboa Yacht Club consistently ranks amongst the best of them and is only minutes from Duffy’s.
Make a dinner reservation at Balboa Yacht Club to experience their fine dining restaurant, then relax around their famous fire pit with a cocktail while your food digests. Hop back on the boat for a sunset cruise up the coast.
Newport Beach Pier Family Portrait
Commemorate your family trip to Newport Beach with a family portrait. Bring your camera and tripod to take your own photos at your own pace. Take the boat up to Newport Beach, and maybe even have the photoshoot on the boat!
Or take it to the next level by hiring a local professional. A photographer can be there to help suggest fun poses and great angles. An artist can capture your family in a sketch or painting to remember the good time you all had.
Balboa Fun Zone
This seaside amusement park is a blast for the whole family. Take the boat up and dock near the park. It’s like having your own personal water taxi.
For over 80 years, kids of all ages have been having the time of their lives at Balboa Fun Zone, from the Ferris Wheel to the arcade. You can even rent bikes and grab some traditional boardwalk treats for lunch. Families typically spend 2-3 hours here, leaving plenty of time for another boat ride!
Sherman Library and Gardens
Are you looking for a relaxing way to spend the day with the family? Apply some sunblock, and head out to the botanical gardens for a peaceful (and beautiful) day surrounded by nature. Waterfalls, fish ponds, and tropical plants galore are sure to please.
If it is too hot during the day, check out the art on display indoors, and browse around the library. Stick around because they light up the gardens at night; you don’t want to miss that! The gardens are just a few blocks away from the coast, perfect for an evening after a long day of boating.
Go Whale Watching
There is no shortage of whale watching opportunities in the Newport Beach area. You can even hire a private whale watching tour guide just for your family. They’ll board your boat and show you the best places for spotting these glorious creatures.
Newport Beach is known for its resident blue whales and migrating grey whales. Pack a lunch, and bring your camera to catch some incredible photos of these giant whales.
Surf the Wedge
California is famous for its perfect surfs. Practically everybody surfs in SoCal. Catch a wave with the family on Newport Beach’s ” The Wedge.” Rent a surfboard and wetsuit if you didn’t bring your own, they will even deliver it to you on the beach.
With everything you need right on your boat, the family can come and go as they please. Hop onboard to reapply sunscreen or grab some lunch. Then get right back to surfing!
Rent an RV
Spend your time on the California coast in a unique way by renting an RV to travel around in. Skip the random hotels, public bathrooms, and even restaurants when you cook in your rental RV.
Days out on the water can be exhausting, especially in the California sun. With an RV, you feel like you are going home for the night to relax, instead of a stuffy hotel room.
The possibilities are endless in an RV, and freedom is a feeling like no other. With an RV, home is wherever you park it. Newport Beach has plenty of RV parking!
Go to Newport Beach
With all of the activities for families in Newport Beach, it is hard for anyone to get bored. And, with beautiful views of the California coastline, there is always something breathtaking to look at. Don’t just sit there and look at the water; get out there and enjoy it!
Contact Duffy Boats Today
For the best boats on the water, you won’t find anything better than a Duffy. Contact us today to discuss your electric boat wants and needs.