Without trips to amusement parks, the most exciting thing to happen to most families would be the periodic elections to determine who gets to be Dad that week. Shake things up with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$23 for an amusement-park visit for two (a $44.66 value), including the following:
- 45-minute Newport Beach sea lion tour or celebrity homes cruise for two
- Ferris-wheel ride for two
- Two slices of cheese pizza from Azar's Pizza
- Two regular sodas from Azar's Pizza
$15 for a punch card for ten rides on the ferris wheel (a $40 value)
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.