A ferris wheel's circular movement emulates life's highs and lows, just as its regular pauses symbolize life's commercial breaks. Enjoy metaphorical movement with this Groupon.
$15 for 10 Ferris-Wheel Rides ($30 value)
Fun-seekers stroll the boardwalk armed with a sharable punch card good for 10 ferris-wheel rides located on decades-old amusement park's nostalgic site on Balboa Peninsula. Click here to view the ferris wheel's live webcam.
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.