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6 Ways to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Newport Beach

May 19, 2022

Hailed as the nation’s first taste of summer, Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to round up the family, fire up the barbecue and soak up some sun. And with some of the best beaches, resorts, restaurants and parks that California has to offer, Newport Beach has something for everyone’s ideal holiday weekend. Whether it be an escape to a luxurious, oceanfront hotel or a relaxing afternoon listening to live music, read on to see some of the amazing activities Newport has to offer this Memorial Day Weekend.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina

Nestled neatly in the heart of Newport’s gorgeous back bay marina, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina offers some of the best ways for families to escape and explore one of Newport’s hidden treasures. With everything from luxurious RV camping to Duffy boat rides, this casual resort is the perfect place to spend Memorial Day with the kids.

Staycation at Balboa Bay Resort

One of the most luxurious and unique resorts in the city, Balboa Bay Resort brings guests within walking distance of the beautiful harbor, making it perfect for any family seeking a bit of rest and relaxation on the calm waters of the marina. And now, thanks to their new Sail Into Spring offer, guests can receive a free $50 recreation credit when they book a room, which can be put towards anything from paddleboard rentals to boat rides and even a romantic gondola cruise through the canals.

Surf Lessons for the Kids at Endless Sun Surf School

Given the plethora of scenic and spacious world-class surf populating Newport Beach’s coastline, there is no better way to seek a bit of adventure this Memorial Day than to spend a day in the waves with Endless Sun Surf School. With tons of different options for every skill level, Endless Sun offers a great way for families to indulge in one of SoCal’s favorite pastimes.

Concerts on the Green: Jimmy Buffet Tribute

Kicking off their ever-popular Concerts on the Green series, be sure to stop by the Newport Civic Center green on May 29 for an evening of drinks, dancing and live music from some of the area’s most popular artists, including legendary Jimmy Buffet tribute, The Parrot Head Band. Grab a lounge chair, pack a picnic and come kick off the season by joining in on the first of many festivities.

Head to the Balboa Fun Zone

This list would be remiss without the inclusion of one of Newport’s most iconic places for fun and fanfare: the Balboa Fun Zone. Initially built in 1936, this one-of-a-kind attraction has been entertaining families for over 85 years, making it a true staple in the Newport Beach community. So hop aboard the ferry, grab your favorite flavor of ice cream and don’t forget to take a ride, or two, aboard the legendary Balboa Ferris Wheel, offering some of the best views of the harbor!

Plan a Bonfire with S’mores in Crystal Cove

Nothing quite says “summer” like an evening spent by the fire at one of the most scenic beaches in the entire state: Crystal Cove State Park. With shimmering panoramic views of the ocean, cliffs baked in golden sunlight and some of the best spots to watch the sunset, Crystal Cove is perfect for a beach bonfire with the family. Simply pack a bag, grab a fire pit and enjoy an evening of smiles and s’mores.

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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