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Things to do in Newport Beach

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
“Fashion Island is an upscale open-air lifestyle center, known for luxury shopping and restaurants.”
  • 271 locals recommend
Park
“It is a very charming little island, nice to stroll around and where you can take a ferry to cross the island. Very kids friendly, they have a Fun Zone with arcade games. It is located only 14 miles from the Guesthouse. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Campground
“Encompassing 3.2 miles of Pacific coastline, inland chaparral canyons, and the Crystal Cove Historic District of beach houses. Beautiful sunsets and great settings for pictures (lots of engagement pictures and family pictures are taken at this location) ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Pier
“Newport Pier offers fine, soft sand with plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy yourself. ... Pelicans and seagulls also enjoy Southern California’s year round Mediterranean climate, especially at Newport Beach Pier. Also, rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, boat touring, whales watching, electric boat rental, gondola touring are all available. For good discounts, check on Groupon.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Great place for an afternoon of fun! Balboa Fun Zone has gift shops, little restaurants, penny arcades, a ferris wheel and a couple of other large rides, plus other attractions (street artist who draws portraits of you for a fee; boat rides, etc.). Beautiful Pacific Ocean and a clean beach to the west, swarms of happy people, some of them experiencing for the very first time the many delights of a tacky, low-tech amusement park with a penny arcade and an excellent place for "street photography" because of opportunities to take photos of the colorful ferris wheel, of tourists sporting colorful tattoos, of kids clutching melting ice cream cones, and so on.”
  • 51 locals recommend
University
“Visit the campus and take pictures. Get to know the university or come for your orientation. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Truly a hole in the wall local gem! Make sure to check this place out for brunch and try their breakfast burrito and famous chai latte with almond milk. Try to get there before 11am to avoid the crowd. It is worth the wait! ”
  • 43 locals recommend
General Travel
“Crystal Cove is a great place to step back into the past! See what California was like decades ago with renovated beach homes, a lovely beachside restaurant and the famous Shake Shake on the cliff. You can spend ALL day here and want to come back for more. Hiking, beach time, great food, history, nature guided walks and so much more. One of my all time favorite places!”
  • 49 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“The story of the Cannery covers nearly 90 years of American history. It began in 1921 when the first commercial fish cannery was built along the Rhine channel between 30th Street and Lido Park Drive. The location was, and still is, the hub of commercial fishing boat activity in Newport Beach. The new Cannery Seafood of the Pacific is committed to continuing its promise of delivering the best and freshest seafood, steaks and chops. Ron and his staff are not reinventing the wheel, but with one eye on the Cannery’s rich history and one on the future, they are changing the ride.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The handmade ravioli is AMAZING ! The wine special are fantastic . The warm and excellent service makes each guest feel special and like family . ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“This is a "see and be seen" place with lots of beautiful people. The food is good and the atmosphere is very lively. There are a lot of drinks being poured, so the place gets louder the later it gets. There are some high rollers here every night, so don't leave your confidence at home. In the same Crystal Cove Shopping Center, there's another place that's similar but more intimidating and it's called Maestro's. The food is amazing there, but quite pricey. I've only been there once. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Small local theater with first run movies at $5 for Tues/Wed. $8 regular ticket. If you don't want a huge popcorn, get the kids pack for about $6 that comes with popcorn filled in a tray, a small drink, and a candy. About 15min walk in the Triangle Plaza.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Pier
“Fun little Main Street and walk on the pier. This is on the beach across from the ferry.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Sitting on the sand, this atmospheric Beachcomber café lets you soak up the vintage 1950’s beach vibe serving California favorites and a popular breakfast. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Get the Pavillions brand farmhouse bread - its DELICIOUS! Their bagels are good too.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The Wedge, A Beautiful place to watch the Waves at the end of Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Waking distance to the pier. Very romantic, usually more remote area. The waves are much higher here due to rock jetty, keep that in mind if you choose to surf here.”
  • 43 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Truly a hole in the wall local gem! Make sure to check this place out for brunch and try their breakfast burrito and famous chai latte with almond milk. Try to get there before 11am to avoid the crowd. It is worth the wait! ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“The story of the Cannery covers nearly 90 years of American history. It began in 1921 when the first commercial fish cannery was built along the Rhine channel between 30th Street and Lido Park Drive. The location was, and still is, the hub of commercial fishing boat activity in Newport Beach. The new Cannery Seafood of the Pacific is committed to continuing its promise of delivering the best and freshest seafood, steaks and chops. Ron and his staff are not reinventing the wheel, but with one eye on the Cannery’s rich history and one on the future, they are changing the ride.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The handmade ravioli is AMAZING ! The wine special are fantastic . The warm and excellent service makes each guest feel special and like family . ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“This is a "see and be seen" place with lots of beautiful people. The food is good and the atmosphere is very lively. There are a lot of drinks being poured, so the place gets louder the later it gets. There are some high rollers here every night, so don't leave your confidence at home. In the same Crystal Cove Shopping Center, there's another place that's similar but more intimidating and it's called Maestro's. The food is amazing there, but quite pricey. I've only been there once. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Cafe
“Sitting on the sand, this atmospheric Beachcomber café lets you soak up the vintage 1950’s beach vibe serving California favorites and a popular breakfast. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great for first time visitors, Easy parking, Handicap access, Other cool restaurants nearby.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Part of Fashion Island. Upscale Italian restaurant. They let the kids make their own pizza. $$$”
  • 41 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great food, date night/girls night, awesome bar. Part of the Houston's restaurant chain. Good service.”
  • 28 locals recommend

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