Explore these fun Newport Beach Labor Day weekend activities

Spend Labor Day 2023 in Newport Beach

08/08/2023 | by Fieldtrip Staff Writer | Holidays

Newport Beach is a picture-perfect vacation destination to enjoy year-round, but if you’re heading this way over Labor Day, there’s even more to look forward to! The following are just a few of the many reasons to set your travel sights on Newport Beach Labor Day weekend in 2023 and make more of every moment.

Book a Private Surfing Lesson

Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf, or it’s one of your favorite activities in the world and you want to hone your skills further, booking a private surf lesson during your Labor Day Newport Beach stay is always a good choice. This time of year, Newport Beach enjoys refreshingly mild temperatures ranging from 63 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit on average. Sunny and comfortable afternoons can be expected when you’re excited to get out on the water and booking a lesson is the perfect way to get your instruction from a pro. Private surfing lessons in Newport Beach typically last about 2 hours at a time and can be customized to accommodate athletes of all ages and skill levels. Instructors will make sure you have a thorough understanding of water safety as well as basic skills before heading out in the water and helping you achieve new and exciting surf moments. All of the equipment you’ll need like a surfboard and wetsuit are included in the cost of a private surf lesson making this an even more convenient experience to add to your Labor Day weekend itinerary. Reservations are often required in advance and don’t be surprised if a single lesson has you hooked on surfing for a lifetime!

Enjoy a Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

September just happens to be prime whale-watching season in Newport Beach which means it’s a must-add to your agenda when travel plans bring you this way over Labor Day. Two hour whale watching excursions offer up an opportunity to view everything from giant blue whales and gray whales to finback whales, humpback whales, and plenty of dolphins in the surrounding water too! Booking one of these tours through the protected marine sanctuary that covers 15 miles just beyond Newport Bay is a fantastic way to see these marine creatures thrive in a natural and safe environment. Typically, there are multiple whale and dolphin watching tours that depart daily out of Newport Beach giving guests plenty of options for fitting an outing into their Labor Day schedule. Tours are designed to be family-friendly and are frequently led by naturalists who can offer up more insight into whale behavior, migration, and conservation efforts specific to varying species. If you can, try to book a tour that comes with a hydrophone onboard. This is an incredible vessel feature that allows passengers to listen to whale songs below the waves!

Spend Time on the Sand

Those mild Labor Day temperatures also lend themselves to well-deserved time on the sand exploring, strolling, or relaxing depending on your preferences. The beach options here are seemingly endless and fewer crowds this time of year means you’ll have access to those you love when you’re ready to dig your toes into the sand. Check out Balboa Peninsula Beach when you’re looking to lounge while Corona Del Mar State Beach is a great option when you want to pair your time on the shoreline with hiking and snorkeling too. Time at Crystal Cove State Park provides guests with access to not less than four beaches on-site including Reef Point, Moro Beach, Pelican Point, and Historic District. Many visitors who head this way come to enjoy paddleboarding and wildlife viewing as well. A stop at Huntington Beach is a chance to check out the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve while time at The Wedge at Newport Beach is a must for surf enthusiasts.

Make Time for Some Holiday Retail Therapy

Balancing your time outdoors in Newport Beach with indoor entertainment is a breeze over Labor Day—especially if you’re in the mood for a little retail therapy. Swing by Fashion Island to shop major retails such as Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom while destinations like Lido Marina Village and Crystal Cove Shopping Center showcase boutique storefronts to check out. No matter where you land, you’ll have plenty of time over Labor Day to browse the stores you find most appealing and even pick up some souvenirs to commemorate your trip along the way!

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