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“Visit a different part of Newport Beach...!!”

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
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Costa Mesa, California
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274 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
“Visit a different part of Newport Beach...!!”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

You can easily spend a day at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, which is part of the "Back Bay".

There are plenty of walking and/or hiking trails, and...dogs are allowed on the trails as long as they are on a leash.

Being locals, we like to get on our bikes and go for a ride around the Back Bay. It takes about an hour...or less depending upon how hard you pedal. If you feel you have shed too many calories, you may want to stop by the Back Bay Bistro. You'll be riding right past it..over by the "Dunes" area!!

Another interesting place to visit is The Interpretive Center. If you ride your bike around the Back Bay, you almost can't miss it. If you go by car, cross streets are Irvine and University, but remember that only by foot or bike can you follow the Back Bay all the way around.

A wonderful place to visit in the Back Bay is the Newport Aquatic Center. It is home to all kinds of high level water sports. You can rent a kayak there and see the Back Bay and/or the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve from an entirely new dimension.

Highly recommend....when visiting Newport Beach.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank ebrynnie
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Hayward, California
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good walking trails”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Start with the visitor center which will give you a good overview of Upper Newport Bay Preserve. There is a short movie which help you understand the preserve. There are good walking trails and most are easy with great views. Expect to spend around 2 hours at the preserve. Parking is free as is the visitor center.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank Gene G
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Tucson, Arizona
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A wonderful place to feel the beauty of nature!!!”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

This was possibly the most pleasant two hours we spent away from our great room on Newport Coast. Great walking trails, a nice visitor's center and the one-way, Back Bay Drive along the south side of the preserve is a MUST!

Visited May 2014
4 Thank Gary F
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Henderson, Nevada
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791 reviews
333 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 477 helpful votes
“Urban Wetland with Walkways, Trails, and Startling Wildlife Views.”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

I spent a good part of the morning through the early afternoon here. It's a rather large marshland preserve just north of the PCH in Newport Beach. I accessed it at the large parking area off of University and first walked southeast to Jamboree. On this route you'll be sharing the paved trail with many cyclists, joggers, and dog walkers. There's a nature center a short walk from the parking lot, a number of social trails down to the marshland, and along Jamboree there's a cycling bypass shouldering San Diego Creek. There's even a Marriott resort at the Jamboree street junction. Bring field glasses if you are a bird watcher. And you'll be amazed at the sweeping views south toward the beach. I also followed the trail along the bluffs adjacent to Irvine Avenue, then drove around to the Back Bay entry which, by car, is a one-way 15 mph road with limited stops but with serene, picture postcard views of the wetland. I really liked this area best and when I return, will spend most of my time looking for wildlife in this region of the wetland. But remember you're really not out in the country here. There's a lot of vehicle and pedestrian activity as well as a mega shopping mall very close by. But it can be a good respite from the even busier Newport Beach action if you have several extra days to look around.

Visited April 2014
3 Thank Zoom_Gotti
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Newport Beach, California
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“If you love bird watching - this one's for you”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Upper Newport Bay (or as the locals call it - the 'Back Bay') is a marsh preserve filled with tidal birds, plants and animals. You'll see Egrets, gulls etc. Best way to see the whole preserve is on a bike - you can ride a loop at the water level all the way around. With or without a bike, do stop at the nature center, where you will find information on the history and ecological details of the site.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank Janae L
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