Newport Pier – Things to Do in Newport Beach

Newport Pier


The Newport Pier is one of two prominent piers located in the city of Newport Beach CA, along with Balboa Pier to the South. The Newport Pier is known for being the center of activity along the beach area every weekend. There is ample parking (metered), restrooms and other facilities to use while enjoying a day playing in the surf and soaking up some sun on the warm sand.

This pier was built in 1888 and is 1,032 feet long. This wonderful Newport Beach attraction is even registered as California Historic Landmark #794. At the beach end of the pier is the Dory Fishing Fleet, which was founded in 1891 as a fishing cooperative. Originally, the Newport Pier was known as McFadden’s Wharf. During its first decade or so of service, the Newport Pier was used as the shipping hub for the counties of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino.

 Fishing the Newport Pier

Today, you can enjoy extremely fresh fish if you come early to purchase the fresh fish the dory men bring in first thing in the morning.

Dory Fishing Fleet


 While there are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the neighborhood surrounding the pier, visitors will really enjoy having lunch at Newport Grill and Sushi, which is the restaurant located at the end of the pier. The restaurant has amazing panoramic views of the ocean and shoreline that are simply unparalleled. Another option is to simply get a plate to go and take a seat on the benches along the pier.  This is a great place to watch the waves break along the shore or kids playing in the surf.

 The Newport Pier is also a great spot for picture taking when visiting Newport Beach. This pier is surrounded by great sandy beaches, perfect waves for surfing, and beautiful homes.  The Newport Pier is located at the end of McFadden Place and Ocean Front Street in Newport Beach, just 2 blocks South of Balboa Boulevard. The Newport Pier is open year round from 6am to 10pm.

What memories do you have of the Newport Pier?

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