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…
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 beach 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 san…
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…
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…
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…
Beach in Newport Beach

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 crest on the sand, not out to sea, so you can easily slam your…
Museum in Newport Beach


In the Balboa Fun Zone, this newly refurbished museum calls itself an 'ocean literacy center' with critter-filled touch tanks, remotely operated vehicles, the rowboat used by adventurer Roz Savage on her five-year, …
Viewpoint in Corona del Mar

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 Peninsula. Street parking only.
Beach in Corona del Mar

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 the classic TV show Gilligan’s Island were shot here.