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Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

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This is a great place to visit with the family, lots of freedom for the kids big and small to run... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2018
Newport Beach, California
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A little getaway in the middle of town

I love my morning walks along the back bay when I'm not walking the island. The nature preserve... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Newport Beach, California
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2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-3310
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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to visit with the family, lots of freedom for the kids big and small to run around . Amazing views and a safe place to walk . A definite stop .

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Reviewed August 27, 2018

I love my morning walks along the back bay when I'm not walking the island. The nature preserve makes you feel like you are miles from home and it is not unusual to run into some wildlife or the occasional horse!

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Reviewed August 19, 2018

Went kayaking with some friends who are locals here. Wonderfully peaceful and calm spot to kayak with our kids (ages 7 and 9).

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Reviewed July 24, 2018

Love how this is tucked into a neighborhood off of a busy street. Park at the YMCA near Irvine Road, or on the street when you turn of of Jamboree. Restoration in progress, love the views

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Reviewed July 14, 2018

My cross-country team runs here from time to time, and it's a long loop from my school. It feels nice to run on the dirt path, but it can get very hot and uncomfortable in this area. Despite that, the view of the bay is...More

Thank Miranda C
Reviewed June 28, 2018

Friends and I often hike here. Good trails and nice scenery. A good place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of OC.

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Also known as the Back Bay, this is an urban gem! Ringed with a paved trail, there are also dirt paths. We rode our bikes along the Back Bay through Balboa to the beach, and then back up the other side of the bay. So...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

What a great spot. So many different areas to walk and bike ride. So peaceful. Lots of birds. 2 good visitor centers. Upper Bay center open all days except Monday. Back Bay Science Center open Sundays 10-2. Great 10 mile +/- bike loop. Yes it...More

1  Thank surfotog
Reviewed April 29, 2018

It's one of the few natural resources left in the area. Enjoy the local flora and fauna and some nature in a place that has been heavily developed. Local school kids know this well as the best place to get your bug collection for the...More

Thank Michael T
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

We visited the nature preserve and interpretive Center with our 7 grandchildren, ages 2 to 10. The Center had a great range of information about the flora and fauna of the Bay. We watched a short movie that outlined the life cycle of the flora...More

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