5 Fun Water Activities in Newport Beach, CA

aerial drone photo of Newport Beach California

Newport Beach is one big aquatic playground for anyone that enjoys water activities. You can do everything from learning how to surf to enjoying a romantic gondola ride for two. Whatever your activity level, Newport Beach has something to offer every water and ocean lover.  


1. Surfing 

Newport Beach is one of the most iconic surfing locations in all of California. Experienced surfers will love the high-performance waves sprinkled throughout the beach. On the other hand, beginners have plenty of options to rent gear and schedule group or individual surf lessons. Normally, reserved for highly advanced bodyboarders and surfers, The Wedge is a famous big wave spot in Newport. If you’re lucky to catch it on a day that it’s breaking make sure to stop by and watch the action take place. If you’re planning a trip to Orange County, catching a wave in Newport Beach should be at the top of your list.   


2. Kayaking


Newport Beach is a prime location for all kinds of kayaking. Choose from adventurous open ocean kayaking excursions or a relaxed back bay tour filled with wildlife spotting opportunities. We suggest exploring the upper back bay of Newport Beach with the Newport Bay Conservancy. You’ll go out with trained naturalists who will point out mullets, pelicans, egrets, and more. Another great option is to kayak around Balboa Island and check out all the beautiful waterfront houses. Visit Balboa Fun Tours & Rentals to book your kayaking excursion.   


3. Paddleboarding


Similar to kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is another great option for exploring Newport Bay. We suggest checking out Pirate Coast Paddle Company for rentals, lessons, and a wide variety of adventures to choose from. Some of their most popular excursions are the Glow Night Tours that start in June and take place every Friday & Saturday night. They also offer SUP Yoga sessions. Bring your group of 5 or more in for the most unique yoga class you’ll ever take. All experience levels are welcome and the instructors will cater each class to the group.


4. Parasailing 


Experience the thrill of floating through the air on a parasail in Newport Beach. California Parasail provides a safe and easy way to enjoy your first parasailing experience with breathtaking views of Newport. Flights reach up to 800 feet and you can fit up to three people at a time. The activity is fun for all ages over 5-years old and you don’t even need to get wet! Visit the website to book your reservation today. 


5. Book a Romantic Gondola Ride


You don’t have to go all the way to Venice, Italy to enjoy a professional gondola ride. Gondola adventures of Newport Beach began in 1933 when the owner proposed to his wife on a gondola and fell in love with the classic Venetian boats. Since then, the company has expanded to Irving, Texas and continues to consult for various gondola operations throughout the United States. With 15 operating gondolas in Newport, the company has been featured on the cover of American Way and various television shows, movies, and commercials. You’ll even get a serenade from the singing gondoliers. 



Staying in Orange County and looking the perfect way to spend a sunny day by the beach? The Hotel ATRIUM is conveniently located directly across the street from John Wayne Airport and just a stone’s throw from all the water activities in Newport Beach. If you’re looking for even more things to do around Orange County during your stay, check out our attractions page. Book your Orange County stay with Hotel Atrium today!


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