Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Newport Beach

Orange County Museum of Art

This engaging museum highlights California art and cutting-edge contemporary artists, with exhibitions rotating through two large spaces. Recent exhibitions have included the California-Pacific Triennial and works b…
Area in Newport Beach

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 1926 Lovell Beach House. It’s just inland from the paved beach…
Beach in Crystal Cove State Park

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 you get past the parking lots and stake out a place on the sand…
Amusement Park in Newport Beach

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 shared their first kiss on The OC), arcade games, touristy shop…
Nature Center in Newport Beach

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 about the reserve which explain how the bay is like an egg beate…
Island in Newport Beach

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 ‘30s when this was a summer getaway from LA. The 1.5-mile prom…
Nature Reserve in Newport Beach

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 is one of the few estuaries in Southern California that has be…
Museum in Newport Beach

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 schools and field trips. When not hosting school groups, it opens t…
Beach in Corona del Mar

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 pools are being loved to death. Don’t yank anything from the roc…
Historic Building in Newport Beach

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 Lloyd Wright's. It was built using site-cast concrete frames sha…