Must-see attractions in Newport Beach

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    Orange County Museum of Art

    This engaging museum highlights California art and cutting-edge contemporary artists, with exhibitions rotating through two large spaces. Recent…

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    Balboa Peninsula

    Four miles long but less than a half-mile wide, the Balboa Peninsula has a white-sand beach on its ocean side and countless stylish homes, including the…

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    Crystal Cove State Park

    A few miles of open beach and 2400 acres of undeveloped woodland at this state park let you forget you're in a crowded metropolitan area, at least once…

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    Balboa Fun Zone

    On the harbor side of Balboa Peninsula, the Fun Zone has delighted locals and visitors since 1936. There’s a small Ferris wheel (where Ryan and Marissa…

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    Muth Interpretive Center

    This 10,000 sq ft center in the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve is made from sustainable materials. Inside, you’ll find displays and information…

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    Balboa Island

    In the middle of the harbor sits the island that time forgot. Its streets are still largely lined with tightly clustered cottages built in the 1920s and …

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    Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve

    The brackish water of this 752-acre reserve, where runoff from the San Bernardino Mountains meets the sea, supports more than 200 species of birds. This…

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    Discovery Cube's Ocean Quest

    In the Balboa Fun Zone, this newly refurbished museum was recently taken over by Santa Ana's Discovery Cube and runs educational programs for local…

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    Little Corona Beach

    If you're seeking an escape, head down the steep hill to this secluded beach known for its tide pools. Kids love the tide pools, but be aware that the…

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    Lovell Beach House

    For a striking architectural specimen, stroll past the 1926 Lovell House, designed by seminal modernist architect Rudolf Schindler, a student of Frank…

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    The Wedge

    At the end of the Balboa Peninsula, the Wedge is famous for its perfectly hollow waves that can swell up to 30ft high. The waves are shore-breakers that…

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    Sherman Library & Gardens

    A variety of lush gardens awaits at Corona del Mar's prize attraction. On 2.2 acres, the profuse orchids, a rose garden, a koi pond and even a desert…

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    Lookout Point

    Locals enjoy impromptu, though not quite legal, cocktail parties at Lookout Point, perched above the beach with views of Pirate's Cove and the Balboa…

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    Pirate's Cove

    Take the stairs off the north end of the Main Beach parking lot down to hideaway Pirate's Cove, a waveless beach that’s great for families. Scenes from…

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    Inspiration Point

    One of the OC's most beautiful views of surf, sand, sea and sky, overlooking the curve of the bay.

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    Main Beach

    This half-mile-long beach lies at the foot of rocky cliffs and offers restrooms, fire rings (arrive early to snag one) and volleyball courts.

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    Balboa Pavilion

    Nearby the Balboa Fun Zone, the landmark 1906 Balboa Pavilion is beautifully illuminated at night. You can get boat rentals and catch ferries to Catalina…

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    Mothers Beach

    This calm beach, known as Mothers Beach for its kid-friendly currents, has a lifeguard, restrooms and a shower.