Fun-Filled Itinerary for a Family Day in Newport Beach
From breezy boat rides to endless beach days, there isn’t a more magical place to spend your summer than Newport Beach. Our sun-drenched city is a dreamy destination for families in search of some fun in the sun. Whether it’s sticking your toes in the sand, enjoying breakfast in bed with the kiddos or heading to the Fun Zone for a ride on the Ferris Wheel, the memories you’ll make will be cherished forever. Here’s the sweetest summertime itinerary for families planning a trip to our city by the sea.
Stay at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Set on 26 acres near the sparkling Back Bay, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is a coastal retreat with lush grounds, three pools, outdoor fire pits and an assortment of family-friendly amenities. Kickstart your morning with breakfast in bed with the kids, then head to the Oasis pool, where the kids can zoom down the winding waterslide. The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach also offers games like shuffleboard, table tennis and volleyball, along with s’mores kits for evening entertainment. Plus, you’re only a short bike ride away from nearby attractions like Fashion Island and Balboa Island!
9 a.m. Enjoy Breakfast in Bed
We believe summer memories are the best souvenirs, and nothing says “We’re on vacation” quite like breakfast in bed! So spend a leisurely morning in your pajamas and take advantage of Hyatt Regency Newport Beach’s in-room dining service. Served daily from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., you and your fam can feast on morning favorites like Avocado Toast, Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros and Vanilla Wafer-crusted French Toast.
11 a.m. Head to the Balboa Fun Zone
Traveling with kids can be tricky, but a trip to the Balboa Fun Zone is sure to keep everyone in your crew entertained. Since 1936, this time-honored amusement area in Balboa Village has offered a taste of nostalgia to all who visit. With everything from retro ice cream shops and a Ferris wheel to an old-school arcade, you’ll love spending family time at this whimsical, open-air attraction. And once you’ve had your fill of fun and games, walk over to the beach side of the Balboa Peninsula for some playtime on the sand!
3 p.m. Cruise the Harbor in an Electric Boat
For an idyllic afternoon on the bay, rent your very own electric boat from Vision Electric Boat Rental. This rental company sits in the heart of Lido Marina Village and boats a fleet of top-of-the-line vessels for your enjoyment. And not only are these boasts colorful (and perfect for photo ops) but they can be customized with a balloon arch! Set “sail” in style this summer as you and your family navigate the shimmering blue waters of the bay.
6 p.m. Ciao Down
A dreamy dinner by the sea? Yes, please! Featuring two locations, one on the Balboa Peninsula and the other in Corona del Mar, Mama D’s Italian Kitchen was deemed one of the best Italian restaurants in the US by Yelp, and rightfully so. With artisanal eats like bruschetta, baked clams, ricotta ravioli, chicken marsala and a selection of Neapolitan-style pizzas, everyone is sure to find something delicious to devour. Snag a table under the stars on Mama D’s charming patio in Corona del Mar, or enjoy an idyllic meal just steps from the beach on the Balboa Peninsula. Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed to love this long-standing locale’s authentic Italian recipes and local flair.
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger