9 Amazing Things To Do on Balboa Island

Introduction to Balboa Island:  Newport Beach's hidden gem, offering boutique shopping, dining, and a quaint harbor atmosphere surrounded by boats and yachts.

Historical Background: Originating as a sandbar, developer William S. Collins transformed Balboa Island into a residential haven. Its population swells with visitors on weekends.

Arrival and Departure: Access Balboa Island by ferry or road. The ferry, operating since 1910, offers a scenic journey across Newport Harbor for a nominal fee.

Explore History:  Delve into Balboa Island's celebrity allure at the Balboa Island Museum, showcasing tales of famous residents and the island's development.

On-Water Activities:  Rent boats or join narrated tours to explore Newport Harbor's marine life and luxurious waterfront residences.

Balboa Fun Zone:  Across the water, enjoy rides, games, and seaside treats at the historic Balboa Fun Zone, complete with a charming Ferris wheel.

Paddling Adventures: Kayak or paddleboard in the harbor's calm waters, offering serene exploration around Balboa Island and neighboring man-made isles.

Boutique Shopping: Discover locally-owned shops on Marine Ave, offering unique finds from children's clothing to surf gear and nostalgic candies.

Culinary Delights:  Dine at cozy restaurants like Wilma’s Patio or Ciao Balboa, and indulge in a classic Balboa bar from Sugar 'n Spice.