For many travelers, a trip to Newport Beach, California is an opportunity to soak up the sun in a captivating coastal city that’s famous for its spectacular surf and sand. A trip this way offers up easy access to clear waters that beckon visitors to enjoy diving, paddling, surfing, swimming, and boating in abundance. On land, a typical Newport Beach itinerary hosts stops at thrilling cultural and artistic landmarks as well as time set aside to shop and dine in style. Whether you’re looking forward to a relaxing stay complete with spa stops or you can’t wait to make the most of adrenaline-pumping fun out and about exploring in nature, Newport Beach is a place where you can expect to enjoy it all. That said, it’s also a place where visitors can expect the unexpected! If you’re the type of traveler that can’t wait to add unique experiences and stops to your itinerary, the following are a few you’re definitely going to want to check out the next time you’re here.
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Stop by Bunnyhenge and Bring Your Camera
The UK may have a claim to Stonehenge, but when you travel to Newport Beach, you have the unique opportunity to set your sights on Bunnyhenge instead! Located at Civic Center Park at 100 Civic Center Drive, this one-of-a-kind exhibit is made up of no less than 16 large white bunny sculptures. 14 of those are facing one another in a circle while two 8-foot bunny sculptures stand guard on the outside. Complete with vibrantly finished eyes, It promises to be a photo-worthy sight that you won’t find anywhere else! After you’ve had your fill of pictures, you can spend some quality time exploring Civic Center Park too which sprawls across 500,000 square feet of space and as designed by Peter Walker and Partners to be a place of inspiration year-round for visitors.
Admire a Mass Migration at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
When you’re ready to be truly impressed by the best Mother Nature has to offer, a stop at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve is in order during your Newport Beach stay. Found at 2301 University Drive, this nature preserve is an estuary that covers 1,000 acres of terrain. It’s a popular spot to enjoy hiking, biking, and even horseback riding, but it’s an oasis of unique experiences for birdwatchers in particular. The nature preserve sits right on the Pacific Flyway which acts as a north and south migration path for a variety of bird species throughout the year. In fact, as winged creatures make their way from Patagonia all the way to Alaska, they can be viewed at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve in numbers that linger around a staggering 35,000!
Infuse Flavor into Your Stay at a Frozen Banana Stand
It’s no secret that Newport Beach is home to amazing culinary destinations for visitors to enjoy. That said, those looking for something deliciously unique will want to head to Balboa Island to make the most of a stop at one of the frozen banana stands during their visit. Inspired by the banana stand from the show Arrested Development, these two stands offer visitors a chance to try the treat for themselves! These snacks come dipped in chocolate and rolled in toppings according to guests’ preference and are sure to delight kids and adults alike. Those who are looking for more can pair their frozen banana with frozen cheesecake and Balboa bars at these stands too. Bon appetite!
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