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Balboa Island Ferry

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Address: 410 S Bayfront, Newport Beach, CA 92662
Phone Number: (949) 673-1070
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Balboa Ferry

I love the short trip across the harbor from Balboa Island to the Penninsula. It's a unique experience for Orange County and refreshing

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

I love the short trip across the harbor from Balboa Island to the Penninsula. It's a unique experience for Orange County and refreshing

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Arlington, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not sure what the big draw is here, but I guess it is a bit nostalgic. Very affordable but the ride is literally 2 minutes. Might be s fun date night after dinner across the harbor.

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is by far our favorite must see when in Newport for any age. It is the connector from a morning stroll from Balboa Island to the surf and fun of Balboa Pennisula. On a perfect day you can see Sammy the Seal swimming in the harbor. It is a must whether you are walking, biking or driving a car,... More 

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schroe59
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a great ferry. It runs constantly. It takes up to 3 cars at a time. It also takes bikes and pedestrians between the Fun Zone area of the Peninsula to Balboa Island. The ride is only a few minutes. The cost for a car is around $2. I often bring visitors on the ferry.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The ferry cost $1 one way to walk on and is a very short ride that cycles back and forth continually so you never have to wait more than a minute or two. It was a great way to explore the fun zone of Balboa

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Houston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

WE drove on the Ferry and didn't know it was so short. We got the kids out (ages 1 and 3) of the car and it was time to put them back in the ferry was so short.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I drove down the street & did not know what to expect or how to get my car on the ferry. Next thing I knew, we were going! This little ferry was so cute, and a first for me, as a driver.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I have no idea why this is rated the number one attraction in Newport Beach. It is a small 3 car ferry with room on the sides for pedestrians and cyclists. The ride takes less than five minutes with no frills. It is a cheap way to get out on the water, but other than that it's not worth seeking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The ferry takes you across the harbor to the Fun Zone. The Fun Zone has rides and attractions that include the beach, restaurants and amusements games. The ferry takes cars and bikes. It is great on a sunny day. It has a long history to go with it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

quick and easy to get there and back nice walk around the area. stopped and had lunch at a nice Italian restaurant while on the island.

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