Like haunted candy stores, amusement parks provide an acceptable atmosphere in which to scream aloud with a mouth full of confections. Get a sugar rush and adrenaline fix in one outing with this Groupon.
$22 for an Amusement-Park Visit for Two (Up to $42.66 Total Value)
- 45-minute Newport Beach sea lion tour or celebrity homes cruise for two (up to a $14 value/person)
- Ferris-wheel ride for two (a $3 value/person)
- Two slices of cheese pizza from Azar's Pizza (a $2.75 value each)
- Two regular sodas from Azar's Pizza (a $1.58 value each)
Guests must be at least 50 inches tall to ride the ferris wheel without an adult or a convincing pair of stilts. View FAQs here.
Balboa Fun Zone
One of the oldest amusement parks in southern California, Balboa Fun Zone is a harbor-sized time capsule sent from an era when carnival rides were designed with a distinctive panache. The colorful attractions have occupied the Balboa Peninsula since 1936, when the original landowner converted an old boat yard into a seaside carnival. The peninsula juts out from Newport Beach to form the storied patch of real estate that has attracted countless patrons with spinning carousels, arcades, and a ferris wheel known for its longish rides and elevated views of the Pacific's horizon.
The amusement park enjoyed a rebuilding in 1986 and today retains its original elegance despite decades of serial owners and various changes to the landscape and surrounding shops. Although the beloved merry-go-round was retired in 2011, the wooden stallions still drop in once a summer to greet old friends and nibble on cotton candy.