Newport Beach, a coastal city in southern California, is known for its large, boat-filled harbor. Balboa Peninsula has 2 piers, Newport Beach Pier and Balboa Pier, plus the Balboa Fun Zone, an old-school amusement park with a Ferris wheel and ocean views.
Local beaches include the Wedge, known for its big waves, and Corona del Mar State Beach.
Irvine is a city in Orange County, California. To the east, Orange County Great Park features an antique carousel and a giant, anchored helium balloon. Visitors can ride the balloon up for aerial views. Trails wind past ancient sycamore trees in Bommer Canyon.
The Pretend City Children’s Museum has a kid-size post office, cafe and farm. Impressionist art from around California is displayed at the Irvine Museum.