15 Best Day Trips From Los Angeles to Take With Your Family

Breaking away for a small road trip and a day out of the city restores the soul and creates memories of things done together that can last a lifetime.

1. Balboa Island – Newport Beach

Give the kids the fun of a 5-minute ferry ride to cross to Balboa Island, Newport Beach – or you can drive across. Kids will probably want to get to the water first – swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and even parasailing for the brave. Later stroll down Marine Avenue for a chance to stop at a restaurant. While you are there try the famous chocolate covered frozen bananas! And if the kids still have energy let them experience the Balboa Fun Zone with its arcade games and ferris wheel.

ETA: 47 min (44.7 miles) via I-405 S

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