Marina Park in Newport Beach on the Balboa Peninsula

Marina Park in Newport Beach

Marina Park in the Newport Beach on the Balboa Peninsula is the first harbor-side playground on the Peninsula.  There is already Peninsula Park playground at the Balboa Pier and the smaller 38th Street Park and Newport Island Park, but I predict Marina Park will serve as a community hub for its location near the Balboa Fun Zone and upscale feel. Directions to Marina Park … [Read more...]

Back Bay Science Center Community Days in Newport Beach

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Back Bay Science Center is open on Sundays for Community Days from 10am to 2pm -- making it the perfect destination for a bike ride along Back Bay Drive (Mountains to Sea Trail & Bikeway) from Vista Point.  It’s an open house style event with tanks to see and volunteers to help guide you through the Center’s exhibits. Directions to Back Bay Science Center: When … [Read more...]

Moro Beach at Crystal Cove State Park

Moro Beach at Crystal Cove State Park

Moro Beach is very confusing with all its names: El Moro, Moro Cove, or El Moro Canyon. The signage seems to indicate that they've decided on Moro Canyon Area - as a way to describe the beach, canyon, and hiking/biking trails. Whatever you want to call it, you enter near El Morro Elementary School off Pacific Coast Highway just north of Laguna Beach. And, yes, I spelled the … [Read more...]

3 Best Toddler Beaches with No Waves

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You want to know the best toddler beaches with no waves in OC?  And I'm going to provide you with my Top 3, but they come with a note of precaution.  Still water beaches, meaning no waves or surf, have a general propensity for water quality issues and they can also be good stingray habitat - at least along the warm sandy edges. Check Heal the Bay Beach Report Card for water … [Read more...]