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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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Fremont, California
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1,499 reviews 1,499 reviews
954 attraction reviews
917 helpful votes 917 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We have enjoyed visiting this funky but fun Balboa Fun Zone. There is a variety of boat cruises one can take from here such as fishing, whale watch, sightseeing, and more. We have enjoyed going on a boat to see the amazing celebrity mansions in this area; we have done it both during Christmas boat parade time and also today... More

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

There are a lot of little shops with unique "tourist-type" items and beach wear at reasonable prices. It is a fun place to walk. They have several rides, including a ferris wheel. Anytime you're at the Fun Zone, I recommend you eat at the Harborside restaurant where the food is great, large portions, friendly staff, and very reasonable prices, which... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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155 reviews 155 reviews
26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Lots of arcade games/rides. A ferris wheel and boardwalk feel. Great restaurants in the area. Ice cream, pizza and upscale restaurants.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It is the centre point of the Fun Zone and advertises itself as the longest ride you will have on a Ferris Wheel. It was fun, with brilliant views, but the Fun Zone will only occupy an hour of your time but it is well worth taking ferry. It really is good old fashioned fun.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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61 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 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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175 reviews 175 reviews
97 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
109 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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