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Treats, Home Values, History and much much more…. A must watch. This was from Friday July 9th. ABC 7 interviewed several people and businesses around the island and Balboa Fun Zone. Due to the breaking news, much of the footage did not air and many islanders missed it. They were kind enough to send us all the footage so we could piece together a video for those interested in the coverage.

Since the February approval of a $6.3 million dollar contract to replace the 86 year old bridge on Park Avenue, construction workers have been at work daily.  Monday, June 13th will be the first day the temporary bridge on Balboa Ave will open. Who will be the first car to cross at 10AM? Can we get a unique local car to hold the first position? This is history in the making people!

For those of you out of the loop, the temporary bridge connects Balboa Island to Little Balboa Island. It will only be there during the replacement phase of the Park Avenue bridge. Once the new Park Avenue bridge is replaced, it is intended for it to improve access for cars and pedestrians. It will have wider sidewalks as well as street lanes. The new bridge should be completed in early 2017. Until then grand canal residents will have plenty too watch and hopefully not too much noise.

Temporary Balboa Island Bridge

The annual “Giant Blue Whale Migration” brings hundreds of blue whales each spring & summer to the waters off Newport Beach.  Over 300 blue whales were viewed last summer 2015. Giant blue whales were once considered quite rare off southern California, but over the last seven years this has changed dramatically with hundreds of giant blue whales spotted each year. These giants of the sea reach lengths of up to 90 feet and are the largest of all animals. Along with viewing these giants view the second largest whale in the world, the finback whale which which is often seen feeding in the same areas as the blue whales. Others whale s encountered include humpback whales and minke whales. Along with whales, giant pods of common and bottlenose dolphin are also very likely with pods numbering in the hundreds to over one thousand frequently viewed. These dolphin pods come within arms reach as they play along side the whale watching ship.

Just outside of Newport Bay is the beginning of one of the largest marine protected areas in southern California created to protect this rich ecosystem for future generations. The marine sanctuary covers over 15 miles and provides a haven for all marine creatures including whales and dolphin. The marine reserve stretches along much of the Newport & Laguna Beach coastline and along with being a mecca for whale watching also offers some of the most beautiful coastline in Southern California..

Join Newport Landing’s whale watching cruises offered daily and view the largest creature on earth. Located on the Balboa Peninsula just across from Balboa Island.

Event Address
Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm Street Suite A
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Admission: $36; Special** $16 Cruise Rate with Promo Code “balboa16”
Public Information Phone:
(949) 675-0551
Daily Departure Times:  10 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 6 pm
Website

Bear Flag is my favorite Seafood destination in Newport Beach. You’ll find me here every single friday indulging in Ahi Poke with chips. I’m that guy that finds something they love and doesn’t try anything else. Sometimes that’s good, but not always. They have an amazing menu. I just tried the poke burrito and added my a mixture of soy and sriracha… oh my, it was amazing. See you Friday for a repeat.

Bear Flag Locations

Newport Beach

Newport Coast

Love Balboa Island? Love Running? Me too! Let’s start out at the Ferry Crossing on Agate at 9AM on Saturday March 26th. If you like to stretch pre-run, you can do that as we cross the harbor to the fun zone. From there we will run to the Wedge… and then a bit farther just for fun. Let’s jump the rocks all the way to the end of Jetty where you can bark back at Sea Lions. It will be about 4 miles round trip. You can do it, we’ll do it together! Hope you join us! Call or text Steve Roose at 949-375-4430 with any questions.  Say you’re going on Facebook!

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Marina Park in Newport Beach Bayfront Playground 01
When Newport Beach spends $36 million developing a park on 10.5 bayfront acres, you get something pretty magnificent to enjoy. This is the first time I have ever referred to a playground as magnificent. It’s also much more than a playground. I have a 1.5 and 3.5 year old and we have been there about 20 times. They are always wanting to go back. If you haven’t been to the new Marina Park in Newport, I would go immediately… unless it’s a weekend. It’s pretty crowded on the weekend. I withheld from writing about the park for months, because I wanted to enjoy it with my kids for as long as possible! We love to take lunch and sit in the big wooden lifeguard chair to eat it before exerting hours of energy at the park.

 

Amenities

What sort of amenities does Newport Beach’s Marina Park offer?
It’s loaded. There are multiple new-age, play structures for kids of all ages. Slides, climbing apparatuses, spinning, ships and other nautical themed equipment. You can search for sea shells, skip stones, chase seagulls and more. There are restrooms and a watering station for everyone (kids, adults, pets, and even adults wanting FILTERED water for their Hydroflasks) :o) That’s what $36 million gets you. There is workout equipment, basketball courts, sailboats passing, sandy beaches, large grassy fields, a 24,000 sq ft community and sailing center and a 23 slip marina.  The large red and white lighthouse has quite the slide… be prepared to shoot out the end.   There is also a lighthouse café if you walk south toward the slips.   In the grassy fields we’ve seen soccer, Frisbee, muscle men, dogs, etc. My kids and I have flown kites, blown bubbles and launched water rockets (check out the video below).

360 Degree View – Click and Drag

Pictures of Marina Park


Location

1.5 Mile Walk, Bike, Drive, Swim, Paddle, etc from Balboa Island Ferry
1600 W Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663

 

Videos of us Playing at Marina Park in Newport

The Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Tens of thousands of gray whales migrate annually along the Newport Beach coastline from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and back again traveling along the Newport Beach coast during the months of January, February, March, April, & May. During the gray whale migration it is not uncommon to view 5 or more gray whales a cruise making for excellent viewing opportunities. Other varieties of whales including finback whales, humpback whales, and minke whales can also be viewed along with several species of dolphin.

Newport Beach Balboa Island Gray Whale Migration Special Whale WatchingJust outside of Newport Bay is the beginning of one of the largest marine protected areas in southern California created to protect this rich ecosystem for future generations. The marine sanctuary covers over 15 miles and provides a haven for all marine creatures including whales and dolphin. The marine reserve stretches along much of the Newport & Laguna Beach coastline and along with being a mecca for whale watching also offers some of the most beautiful coastline in Southern California..

Newport Landing Whale Watching provides whale watching cruises multiple times daily to view this amazing migration. Located in Newport Bay on Balboa Peninsula and just across the bay from Balboa Island. Newport Landing has provided whale watching cruises for over 30 years to visitors of Balboa/Newport Beach.

Event Address
Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm Street Suite A
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Admission: $36; Special** $16 Cruise Rate with Promo Code “balboa16”
Public Information Phone:
(949) 675-0551
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-12:30 pm, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm, 3:30 pm – 6:00 p.m.
Website