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Balboa Island Ferry

410 S Bayfront, Newport Beach, CA 92662
(949) 673-1070
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

A unique ride across the bay from Balboa Island to Balboa Pennisula. The ferry holds 3 cars plus bikers/pedestrians. Loading and unloading goes quickly and the ride across is only a couple of minutes long. Enough time to get out of the car and snap a picture then get back in. A fun experience for the kids.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Fantastic views of the harbour and balboa island and peninsula it's only a few minutes across but a great ride

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Corona, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

You can travel either way to/from Balboa Island. Weekends are busiest in summer but worth the wait. We usually drive one way and take the ferry the other.

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New York City, New York
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154 reviews 154 reviews
70 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Was following my GPS directions which led me to this little 3 car ferry to get to Newport Beach. $3.00 to get across the water was reasonable enough, attendants were funny and welcoming. I enjoyed this little ride to my destination especially because it was the first time I have ever had my car ferried across the water. Great unexpected... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

It;'s worth the trip one time on the ferry. The kids love it and it's fun for the adults too. Very safe travel across the harbor from Balboa island to Balboa Peninsula/ Newport Beach area. Drops off at the little amusement park area.

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

It's all part of the biking experience. I have never taken a car, but that option is always full. Takes less than 10 minutes from boarding to disembarking . Very inexpensive and open late. Take this every time when staying at Balboa

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Costa Mesa, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Balboa Island Ferry is old and wonderful. Don't let the line up of cars discourage you. The wait isn't long at all and it's a fun 5 minute trip across one of the most beautiful islands there is! It's still super cheap, I'm talking a dollar a person and you can driveon or walk. It's a fun way to... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I loved this ride when I was a little kid and I still love it today. For a dollar no less! It doesn't take long and of course you have to take it right back.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Cheap and cheerful - $1 each for foot passengers for a short hop across. Continuous turnaround of ferry so you are only waiting a matter of minutes for the next one to turn up.

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angelousbabe
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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

such a small little car ferry but lovely. Takes you across to Balboa Island and the staff who run it are very friendly. One dollar each way for foot passengers very reasonable. Worth taking the trip.

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