- $60 for a family four-pack of tickets for the holiday boat tour ($120 value)
On December 28 through January 5, a Coast Guard–licensed captain and crew take up to 14 people on a one-hour boat ride to see waterfront homes decorated for the holidays and beautiful boats in the harbor. While passengers gaze at the lights and scenery and listen to the tour's narration, they sip hot chocolate and nibble on pastries. On December 28–31, boats leave at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. On January 1–5, boats leave at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Balboa Boat Rentals
If you want to traverse the calm waters of Newport Bay, Balboa Boat Rentals' kayaks, paddleboards, and pedal boats will suffice. But if you want to venture out into the sea, Balboa's staff also rents out sailboats, power boats, and harnessed sharks. Balboa's Coast Guard–licensed captains will even take the wheel if you want, either during parasailing trips or boat tours in cushy pontoon boats.