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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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A short but sweet adventure.

I have been ridding this ferry on and off for 25 plus years. The voyage is one of the best bangs for a buck that you will ever have! Extra charge for cars of course. Beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Newport Beach, California
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Newport Beach, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I have been ridding this ferry on and off for 25 plus years. The voyage is one of the best bangs for a buck that you will ever have! Extra charge for cars of course. Beautiful bay and if you are lucky you may meet one of our crazy yelping sea lions to see the pelicans diving for dinner.

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Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I did not have an idea what the ferry would be like but was surprised it was so small that it only held 3 vehicles. The ferry trip was only about 5 minutes trip but was certainly better than driving those narrow roads of the island again.

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Laguna Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A cool little ride staffed by local kids. Especially fun at night. By taking the ferry you avoid a drive around the Newport Peninsula to get to the island, but there's usually a wait in summer, so it won't necessarily save you time.

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Everett, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

If you don't want the hassle of moving your car, this a great option. Also, the marine breezes are refreshing after touring the island in the summer sun. It's so inexpensive, and takes you over to the "fun zone" and museum areas across the bay. Just buy tickets from the office near the ferry and walk on. You can also... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Just $2 to take across is outstanding value,plus a little extra for the car.Runs every few minutes ,so very little waiting.

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So California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Children and adults alike smile while riding the Balboa ferry. For a small fee, enjoy the short ride across the bay.

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Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The Balboa Island Ferry is cute little ferry that only holds 3 cars at a time, but is also accessible to pedestrians, bikes and families with strollers. It takes all of 5 minutes to go across to the Island and the wait was only about 10 minutes. They have 2 ferry's running so its pretty quick. It was a scenic,... More 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Well it is fun thats all,because the trip is just few minutes. Since it is historical it is good to be part of it. The longer way to go to the island is just twenty minutes longer yet the ride is worth it for the family. Fees are two dollar per car and 1.5 dollar for each passenger not including... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Balboa Island Ferry.. Getting to Newport Beach's Balboa Peninsula can be a challenge when you are visiting the area. Whether by car, bicycle or foot, the Balboa Island three-car ferry has been in continuous service since 1919 from 6:30 am daily until midnight, except Fridays and Saturdays when it runs until 2 am. Fares are from $0.50 for children to... More 

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I've ridden this ferry since I was a little girl and used to ride it with my children. Can't wait to take my grandchildren. For $1 you get a 5 minute cruise across the bay in your car. Passengers 50 cents. Nice, breezy view of the bay as you go from the island to the beach and/or back.

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Address: 410 S Bayfront, Newport Beach, CA 92662
Phone Number: (949) 673-1070
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach

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