Top 5 Things to Do When You Visit Newport
If you’re planning a trip to Newport Beach, chances are you already know about its temperate climate and sun-soaked beaches. But aside from sunbathing and relaxing on the sand, there is plenty to look forward to in Newport! Whether you enjoy shopping, sports, or more intellectual pursuits, Newport Beach has something for everyone, making it the ideal family vacation spot.
Balboa Pier is one of the top destination spots in Newport Beach, and it’s easy to see why. The pier boasts gorgeous views of the water and a lovely, well-maintained place to take the family for a stroll. There are plenty of benches along the way for you to pause and take in the view, and if you enjoy fishing, it’s an ideal spot to cast a line.
For the foodies amongst us, Balboa Pier is notable for the variety of restaurants nearby, but the most popular is Ruby’s Diner. Ruby’s is a 1940s-inspired diner chain, and the Balboa Pier location is the original, making it a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. With plenty of parking nearby and a gorgeous view of the sunset, it’s easy to while away the day here.
Sherman Library and Gardens
It’s not often that you see a library listed as a tourist destination, but Sherman Library and Gardens is far from your standard library. Of course, as the name suggests, there are plenty of books for those who love reading to enjoy, but the real draw is the beautiful 2.2 acre botanical garden.
If you love plants — any kind of plants — you will adore the Sherman Library and Gardens. With patios and fountains strewn throughout its landscape, the gardens feature a huge variety of plants, from desert-dwelling succulents to more tropical fare. There’s also a rose garden, a Japanese garden, and an herb garden. While you’re there, you can eat at 608 Dahlia, a garden-to-table restaurant whose offerings are grown largely on the grounds.
Surfing at The Wedge
If you enjoy surfing at all, or enjoy watching those who take to the waves, the Wedge is a must-do on your Newport Beach vacation. Officially named West Jetty View Park, the Wedge is situated on the tip of Balboa Peninsula, where a big beach and even bigger waves have combined to make the location nothing short of legendary.
While you should definitely take note of the conditions before getting out on the waves — sometimes they are large enough that surfing them should definitely be left to the experts — the Wedge is a lovely beach that can be enjoyed by all. Picnic tables and fire pits are available to the public, and lifeguards are usually on duty to ensure safety.
For those who like to come home from vacation with their suitcase a little more full than when you arrived, Fashion Island is the place for you. It may be just the ‘local shopping mall’, but it boasts some high-fashion shopping options that rival the likes of anything you’re going to find in Los Angeles. From Armani to Balenciaga to Prada, if you have fashion goals you can fulfill them here.
Fashion Island is also home to plenty of food options, a movie theater, and various fun events. If you want a low-key day of shopping and food in Newport, Fashion Island is the place for you.
Rent a Duffy Boat
As someone headed to Newport Beach, you likely enjoy the water, and there is no better way to enjoy the waves than on a Duffy boat. A Duffy is a luxury electric boat, and Voyager Rentals offers rentals on Balboa Island so that you can enjoy a day on the waves in style.
Duffy boats from Voyagers Rentals include a canopy, comfortable seating, and a sound system to make your ride fun and memorable, as well as life jackets to ensure safety. With room for up to 12 people, our boats have room for your family and friends to all enjoy.
If you are interested in renting a Duffy boat on Balboa Island, reach out to Voyagers Rentals. We’ll be happy to give you more information on rental rates and policies and how we can help make your Newport Beach vacation a fun and exciting one.