Discover Exciting Newport Beach Activities for the Whole Family

There’s never a bad time to start planning your next big family trip. Whether you’re traveling for summer vacation or escaping the cold of winter, there are plenty of Newport Beach activities for families! From frolicking on the beach to whale watching, you’ll find something here for everyone in your party.

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 8 Of the Best Newport Beach Activities for Families

1. Spend a Day (or Two) Playing on the Beach

One of the best (and easiest) Newport Beach activities for families is spending time on the beautiful beaches stretching our coastline. The sand is steps from your Burr White Realty vacation rental, so you don’t have to worry about lugging tons of beach equipment for miles (or pesky parking). Our beaches are full of fun things to do like sandcastle building, playing in the ocean, sunbathing, volleyball, surfing, and more!

2. Try Whale Watching Cruises

Families will love viewing these marine creatures up close on a cruise from the Newport Beach Harbor. There is more than a handful of guide companies that provide fantastic experiences for adults and kids of all ages! Check out this list of some of our favorites!

3. Head to the Balboa Fun Zone

Do you remember those old carnivals you used to enjoy as a kid? Well, you can relive those nostalgic memories at the Balboa Fun Zone! This classic boardwalk fun park has an old-fashioned Ferris wheel, arcade games, and plenty of fun activities for the family!

4. Take a Ride Around the Harbor

If you are searching for one of the top Newport Beach activities for families on the water, look no further than a Duffy boat ride! These small, electric-powered boats allow you to cruise around the harbor and take in the beautiful homes, surrounding mountains, as well as the many incredible yachts lining the shore.

5. Enjoy an Afternoon at Fashion Island

Fashion Island is the premier shopping destination in Orange County. This humongous outdoor mall is a fantastic hotspot in Newport Beach with activities for families. You can grab some ice cream while perusing the many stores, check out the dazzling koi pond, enjoy a movie at the theater, or savor food at one of the many restaurants in this Southern California shopping paradise.

6. Explore Crystal Cove State Beach

Crystal Cove State Beach is a fantastic place full of family activities near Newport Beach. The long stretches of sand, stunning cliffs, hiking trails, and tide pools provide plenty of fun for all ages!

7. Learn to Surf

Newport Beach is home to excellent surfing. While The Wedge may be a little too advanced for most kids, you can take surfing lessons further down the beach near the pier as a family! It’s a great way to experience something new on your next vacation.

8. Check out Little Corona Beach

If you want to explore a tiny “secluded” beach that’s minutes away from Newport Beach, you need to check out Little Corona Beach. You’ll find this small stretch of sand in Corona del Mar wedged in between cliffs and rocks, creating a beautiful setting in a must-see location.

Plan Your Family Trip to Newport Beach


Burr White Realty is your key to the perfect family vacation to Newport Beach. Our collection of homes and condo duplexes provide you with incredible locations that are steps away from the sand, shops, and restaurants. With over 50 years of expertise in the Newport Beach community, you can rest easy knowing that you are in great hands when you book with Burr White.

Check out our Things to Do page, and start planning your family getaway today by booking one of our properties! We look forward to welcoming you to Newport Beach.