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Balboa Village

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Address: Balboa Penninsula, Newport Beach, CA
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Visit the FUN ZONE attractions and games, right on the beach!

The FUN ZONE has been on the Balboa Peninsula for almost 100 years. It is a finger of land between the Pacific Ocean and Newport Harbor. One of the best places to see, if you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Kent S
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Santa Clarita, California
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Santa Clarita, California
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168 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The FUN ZONE has been on the Balboa Peninsula for almost 100 years. It is a finger of land between the Pacific Ocean and Newport Harbor. One of the best places to see, if you are going to be visiting the Newport and/or Balboa areas.

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Thank Kent S
Cedar City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been visiting Balboa Island since I was a little girl (40 something years) and it always brings back great memories. I take my kids there now. We hunt for a parking place (there are more spots the earlier in the day you go). We walk down and check out the shops, buy a t-shirt, sometimes we eat lunch there... More 

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Thank Taiters6
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely village situated very close to the ferry. A lot of independent shops and eateries - a refreshing change from the Malls. Great to meander on a summers day.

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Thank Albywon
In Nottingham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the village has plenty of restaurant and shops and has a very friendly feel about the village and has an amazing ice cream shop

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Corona, California
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262 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

The Village has a large assortment of restaurants with good food, lots of little boutiques and art shops. You can also access the beach easily from it. There is often a cool breeze so it's a great get-away from inland heat.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Balboa Peninsula is really lovely, lots to see, beaches are beautiful, tons of charm, cute restaurants,..some beautiful homes if you can afford!!

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Thank JanLosAngeles
Mt. Vernon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

After whale watching, we walked around the village and looked around the shops. Fun, touristy stuff.

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Thank 4chipsnsalsa
Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

This is a must see when visiting Newport Beach ... You can get a Balboa Bar or take ferry to the FunZone all will be a great for families or for romantic get away. You will see beautiful nearby homes a yachts ... The OCC rowing team practicing in the harbor ...if your lucky :)

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Thank dstark2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

If you want to take the family, have fun with friends, or be romantic you will find it all in the village. Not to mention great shopping.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Numerous quaint shops and restaurants. Parking is an issue, so suggest one take the ferry from the Balboa Pier area, and walk across the island to get to downtown. Much more fun than trying to find a parking spot on the island.

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