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Balboa Island Ferry

410 S Bayfront, Newport Beach, CA 92662
(949) 673-1070
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Henderson, Nevada
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204 reviews 204 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a 3 car ferry system, using several barges, which move back and forth between residential Balboa Island and the peninsula beach quite regularly throughout the day. Each barge will fit only 3 vehicles so you might be in queue for a while, especially during summer weekends. Walk-ons usually have no problem; yet space is still limited. Pay on... More

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Balboa Island Ferry has been operating since 1919, and continues to be one of Newport Beach's most popular attractions. The locals love it too. It's a 10 minute ride between Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula. The ferry boats accommodate 3 cars, riders with bicycles, and riders without them. The first Balboa Ferry was a rowboat with a small... More

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I've had several experiences on the Balboa Island Ferry. It casually takes you to the other side, both ways, to enjoy leisure walks, restuarants and entertainment. It's just one of those things you should do while visiting.

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Newport Beach, CA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I always feel badly for the tourists who come hear expecting this to be a big event, it is a short two minutes ride from the island to the peninsula. Still fun however. Keep in mind lines are really long in the summer, and there is often no place to park once you get onto the peninsula, and also very... More

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

You have to ride the ferry at least once. It's a fabulous five minute view of the harbor,homes and fun zone!!! A must. Inexpensive too!

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Newport Coast, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I like to park on Balboa Island and walk to the ferry and take it over to the Newport Peninsula. From there you can walk the boardwalk, enjoy dining at the two piers or stay and play at the fun zone.

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Newport Beach, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Best way to take the ferry is walking or on a bike - but if you need your car - that's ok too. The ferry holds a total of 3 cars at a time!

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I live on Balboa Island, so I use the ferry quite a bit. Let's just say, "the screen saver on my cell phone is a sunset photo taken while on the Ferry."

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Newport Beach, Cal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is an historic ride, it handles 3 cars at a time, pedestrians and bicycles . Gives a good perspective of the harbor.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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14 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I know, i know, the ferry seems hokey. It is quality entertainment at a very reasonable price and it is high impact. EVERYONE loves this. It is just one of those things that you must do in OC. The rode to the ferry is scenic and it is a cool event. DO IT!!!

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