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Balboa Island Ferry

410 S Bayfront, Newport Beach, CA 92662
(949) 673-1070
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O'Fallon, Illinois
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92 reviews 92 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Balboa Island Ferry is floating landmark that takes only about fifteen minutes of time in crossing, but will improve your day 100% in the process. Simply put, it is pure fun and forces its passengers to sit back and enjoy the view and the day. The best thing, too, is that you can turn around and do it again.

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Dilworth, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Takes you across the small harbor to Balboa Island for around $3 depending on passengers with, pretty good at what they do.

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Phelan CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful little ride is so relaxing and else they sell a lot of goodies to eat before you go in the ferry is only a dollar who can beat this ? Is a must to do when you are in the area

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Pay onboard, no tickets required. $1.00 per person. You can also take your bike or your car. The island is adorable.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It is a tiny little ferry that only holds 3 cars at a time for $3. It does have a long bench for people who walk on or have bicycles. We went right before sunset so it was kind of romantic, too. From the dock we watched some really inexperienced kayakers get in the way of the ferry and actually... More

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The ferry is a very fun way to add something special to an outing. I recommend you ride your bikes through Balboa Island, enjoy some shopping and take the ferry to the pennisula. Then take a look around the fun zone and ride down the boardwalk to the Huntington Beach pier. Stop there for lunch and a drink and ride... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Fun to take the ferry to Balboa Island. You can see a little bit of the harbor and back towards the fun zone. I love this area. Stay away from the Balboa Inn though...ugh what a dump.

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Newport Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

By car, bike or on foot, be sure to make time to cross the bay in the Balboa Island Ferry. The ferry departs from the end of Bal Island or from the Balboa Peninsula. You'll see boats, paddlers and birds from the deck of the ferry. Fun rain or shine!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

As a small child my family would ride our bikes to the ferry! This was a great memory that I now share with my kids! Definitely something to do while you are here!!

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Irvine, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This ferry takes what 3 cars and some on foot. Crossing takes maybe three minutes, but it beats driving. Ferry goes from shore to a small island, so all over enclosed water.

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