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Balboa Pier and Peninsula Park in Newport Beach

Balboa Pier and Peninsula Park in Newport Beach

Balboa Pier and Peninsula Park  in Newport Beach make me think of the good ‘ole days at the beach. 

There are always families wandering around the shops and restaurants, kids riding bikes, and tourists visiting from out of town. 

On the summer day we visited, Junior Lifeguards were there, in force.

Directions to Balboa Pier and Peninsula Park in Newport Beach

There are two piers on the Newport Peninsula: the Newport Pier and the Balboa Pier. The Balboa Pier is the furthest towards the end of the Peninsula. 

From Interstate 405, take the 55 Freeway towards the beach and it will take you right onto the peninsula on Newport Blvd. (eventually turning into Balboa Blvd.). 

You’ll travel past all the numbered streets to the lettered streets. Get there early to get a spot in the lots off Palm Street or B Street (turn right to get to the lots). Pay at the machines by the hour or by the day. (Address: 1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach) MAP TO BALBOA PIER AND PENINSULA PARK IN NEWPORT BEACH


  • Lots to do here besides the beach and playground!
  • Playground is on the sand at the base of the pier
  • The BIG spiderweb climber is no longer there, but there is a smaller set of climbing platforms for horizontal movement
  • Huge bank of swings! (4 bench swings, 3 baby swings, 1 accessible swing)
  • Play equipment appropriate for 5-12 year olds
  • Peninsula Park has a huge lawn area appropriate for kite flying or soccer games, plus gazebo for bands or entertainment
  • Balboa Fun Zone
  • Ride bikes on the Newport Balboa Bike Trail along the peninsula
  • Take the Balboa Ferry to Balboa Island for a stroll
  • Eat at the original Ruby’s on the pier

Be Aware:

  • The Peninsula can get extremely busy on weekends and holidays, especially because there’s only two streets to get off the peninsula (back the way you came or via Balboa Blvd.)!
  • Get there early to grab a parking spot and stay for the whole day. Or during the summer, take the Balboa Peninsula Summer Trolley.
  • The beach can have big waves and I noticed a pretty sizable drop-off (where it gets deep very fast on the south side of the pier). However, the north side looked good. I always talk to the lifeguards before I take a dip at a new beach, they always seem happy to give me pointers on any hazards BEFORE I get in!
  • Fee for parking


Nearby parks:

Would you like to play at other beach playgrounds in Orange County?

Originally posted August 2011.


Saturday 18th of April 2015

Hi I'd like to know if we are allowed to have birthday celebrations where the park is on the grass area??

Michele Whiteaker

Sunday 19th of April 2015

I usually put an "official" link to the City in each post. Looks like you just need to give Newport Beach a call with your question.


Tuesday 8th of November 2011

Thanks for this Post!! I've been wanting to take my kids to Balboa for a long time! Now I am equipped with some knowledge about what to do before I go!

Dan Kelley

Saturday 13th of August 2011

We may attend a family Beach Party here in Sept 2011. Can you recommend an RV Park that is close which will accomendate are 36' 5th wheel trailer?


Sunday 14th of August 2011

Although I'm not an RV expert -- Newport Dunes is fairly close to the Peninsula. And I believe Huntington Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach allows for camping. Check these links: Newport Dunes: Huntington Beach: Bolsa Chica:

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