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“Great way to experience Natural Beauty of Newport Beach Area!”

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

My husband and I wanted to explore the Newport Beach areas less touristy areas. Downtown Newport beach is crazy crowded and parking is limited.If you are looking for a quiet and beautiful setting go to the Newport Aquatic center and you can rent a kayak for hour for $20.00 and row around the preserve and Bay Area. Absolutely tranquil and the birds are amazing. They have rest rooms, free parking and great staff to train you if you need the help. Highly recommend this place. Not a usual tourist trap.

2  Thank cardave413
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

I love the upper Newport Bay nature preserve. It has changed a lot from my high school days when you could drive down there to the beach, such as they were and spend the day water skiing on the glassy waters.

Now it is closed off to cars and powerboats, both probably good things.

The full hike, end to end is a long, but worth it. There is a stillness that you just don't expect in the busy Newport Beach area.

It is an especially cool place to bike without having to worry about cars.

1  Thank scottca075
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

A treasure here in Newport. Lots of interesting information both outside along the trails and inside the center. Staff very helpful and even let us see the movie despite being near closing time.

1  Thank whitewingsUsa
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Saw lots of birds and was a great outing in the city. Was a short drive from ou hotel at the Fairmont. Is an amzing place to visit.

3  Thank mkg68
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Hard to believe you're in the middle of a very populated area. Great natural beauty. I've biked here, would like to kayak sometime.

Thank joshua b
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