An Undiscovered California Getaway

By on June 4, 2015

A Newport Beach family vacation is such a perfect getaway, it’s hard to believe that it remains a relatively undiscovered vacation spot. The area has so much to offer, it’s just a matter of time before more and more people begin to discover the fun and excitement that the area offers. If you are looking for a southern California vacation spot that not everyone knows about, your search may be over.

So what is there to see and do? Start with the Balboa Fun Zone. Originally opened in 1936, it is currently owned by the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. It is comprised of many different areas, including restaurants, beaches arcades, and its famous ferris wheel and carousel. It is also the departure point for harbor cruises. Kids are entertained the entire time and there is so much to do, you’d probably have to visit several days to see everything the Fun Zone has to offer.

Salt water and fresh water ultimately mix in the estuary known as Upper Newport Bay, one of the last remaining formations of its kind in Southern California. Here, the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve was created in 1975 to preserve the coastline and tidal wetlands around the bay. Today, more than 200 species of birds, some of them endangered, inhabit the 700-plus-acre preserve, making it a popular destination for bird-watchers. In addition, visitors find hiking, biking and horseback riding trails; boat launches; and designated areas at North Star Beach for clam-digging and swimming. Educational programs and visitor information are available at Muth Interpretive Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility carved into a bluff overlooking the bay.

Newport Beach

During summer months, the beach is a very popular resort and getaway spot for the entire family. Adults can spend the day swimming, boat riding, hitting the waves on a jet ski or just lounging on the sand. Summer temperatures in Newport Beach reach the mid to upper 70’s, so you will appreciate a beach where you can feel comfortable.

Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat is an unbelievable place filled with fun for all ages. The name is based on the classic children’s tongue twister (try saying it three times fast). Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat is a cluster of independent toy stores located on the East Coast Highway. With literally hundreds of thousands of classic, modern and unique toys and activities to choose from, kids and parents will be entertained for hours.

Fashion Island has over 200 stores, 40 restaurants and two cinemas with more than a dozen screens. You will have the time of your life shopping outdoors amid sparkling fountains, sidewalk carts, ocean breezes and tree-lined paseos.

If you are event oriented, here is a sampling of what Newport Beach has to offer:

Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race – April

Newport Beach Festival of the Arts – May

SandCastle Contest – Summer

Character Boat Parade/Wooden Boat Festival – July

Taste of Newport – September

Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade – mid December

And don’t forget the famous Newport Beach Jazz Festival in May.

When it’s time to take a break and have a little fun with your kids, treat them to a Newport Beach family vacation.

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