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Balboa Island Ferry

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Address: 410 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92662-1042
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Riding the little ferry from the island to Pennesuela or vice versa is fun. Great crew and nice scenery. Its a short trip so look fast or ride twice. Very well run with nice young... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Nashville
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Nashville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Riding the little ferry from the island to Pennesuela or vice versa is fun. Great crew and nice scenery. Its a short trip so look fast or ride twice. Very well run with nice young guys making sure all are safe.

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Everett, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I grew up in Balboa, Balboa Island so riding the ferry when we are in town is like a blast from the past. Very little has changed. It is very beautiful floating across the bay on a sunny day. Highly recommended.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a nice Sunday morning ride and a great way to see Balboa harbor. It is a very small ferry and doesn't take you far but it's still fun and there are fun things to see and do on Balboa Island. Great for kids that have never been on a ferry before.

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Buena Park, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this Ferry. The ride is way to short and only lasts about 3 minutes. It beats going around the Island and puts you close to PCH. I take it whenever I am in the area.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 420 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Balboa Island Ferry can fit 3 cars, takes 5 minutes at the most and costs $2. It's a fun way to drive the local streets and take the ferry back, especially if you can get a tour from the locals.

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Thank Shelliu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very charming and enjoyable. Perfect afternoon with the family to go across the bay. Very reasonable.

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Balboa Ferry is an icon and beacon of nostalgia, taking you back 50 years as you putt-putt across the Newport Harbor to go from the Balboa Peninsula to Balboa Island (or vice versa). The ride is short, so have your camera ready, and remember, it operates like an elevator, in that all of the cars on the ferry (that... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a somewhat well-kept secret. Locals use more than tourists and is very affordable and unique way to see Newport Harbor and get on the water.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was fun to take the ferry to Balboa Island. It only takes 5 minutes and costs $2. For the cost, it is entertaining.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Headed over to see the sights since we were in the area. A ferry ride is always interesting to us landlocked folks. Since it was dark when we headed over, the lights on the water, the smooth glide, and the polite ferry/river man made for a pleasant though short ride.

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