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Balboa Fun Zone

600 E Bay Ave # R, Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 673-0408
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Ranked #16 of 21 Attractions in Newport Beach
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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137 reviews 137 reviews
61 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Balboa Fun Zone, adjacent to Newport Beach, has a variety of fun options for the whole family. Our family particularly enjoyed renting an easy-to pilot 18' electric boat to explore the harbor. It was great fun to see the magnificent homes and luxurious yachts from the water. The ride was calm and totally enjoyable. The zone also provides a... More

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los angeles
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173 reviews 173 reviews
96 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We went here on a Saturday morning around 1030 for our 11 AM boat tour. We ended up driving around the area for almost and hour to get parking. I'm not sure how it is during the week but I'm assuming most working people will go on the weekends which it is REALLY busy. You can try to find a... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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136 reviews 136 reviews
108 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Balboa Fun Zone used to be THE place to be. It still has some charm, but is really just an arcade and some attractions. Walk by if you are in the area, but don't go outta your way.

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North County San Diego
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

we had fun riding the Ferris Wheel, getting a character portrait drawn of our family, shopping for salt water taffy and gifts.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you are in the area this is one stop that is worth it. You have a couple of options to choose from... renting a boat, stand up paddle boating in the harbor, or just walk up the harbor for little shops or other fun activities. Also it is nice once you are parked there you can go right to... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I went on a business trip with my husband and had a lot of time on my own. I had never been in the Newport Beach area and decided to go to Balboa Island and look around, since our hotel offered shuttle service to the area. While walking along the bay I saw a sign that advertised ferry service to... More

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Boone
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The Fun Zone itself isn't too exciting, but the 45minute boat tour was most enjoyable. Saw wildlife as well as many home of well-known owners. Good, informative narration. Inexpensive, too. Good for all ages.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Strolling, tanning, fishing, eating, drinking and enjoying sun and surf. What's not to like? The pier is typical and nice with a snack bar at the end. There are bathrooms, shopping, restaurants and the fun zone has a perfect romantic ferris wheel! Salt water taffy, the whale watching boats, rental boats, the ferry, as well as the Pavilion are nearby... More

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Provo, Utah
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4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

prices have gone up and up through the years. Recommend the bungie jump trampoline and ferris wheel but stop there before you end up blowing $100

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USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Giant ferris wheel is worth it. They also have a Great White Shark "bull riding" type of ride to see how long you can stay on the shark! Fun carnival food and lots of souvenir shops to buy your treasures.

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