Costa Mesa Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Costa Mesa; our list of the best things to see, including University of Maryland - College Park, K1 Speed and Newport Landing Whale Watching.
  • The best place in Costa Mesa: University of Maryland - College Park

    University of Maryland - College Park

    Campus Drive & US-1
    The flagship academic institution of the state of Maryland, founded in 1856, and centered around the McKeldin Mall quadrangle on Regents Drive.
    Business District food nearby
  • K1 Speed

    K1 Speed

    17221 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92614
    K1 Speed is an indoor go-carting venue.
    Business District eat nearby
  • Newport Landing Whale Watching

    Newport Landing Whale Watching

    309 Palm St. Suite A.
     ! During the summer months, view Blue Whales (90+ feet in length), Minke Whales, Humpback Whales and several types of dolphin and other marine life. During the winter months you can view Grey Whales, the occasional Orca, and many dolphins and sea lions. The trip has a 96% viewing success rate of marine life on each cruise. The company's primary whale watching ship is 65 feet in length with a large upstairs sun-deck, wrap around outside seating, snack bar with food and beverage and indoor seating with large windows.
  • Bren Events Center

    Bren Events Center

    Along with various dance groups and shows, they feature UC Irvine's Anteater Athletics events, most notably their well regarded basketball games, in which the men's team has had two NCAA Division II tournament bids, four NIT bids, and has been the champions of the Big West two times.
    Uc Irvine food nearby
  • Irvine Chamber Visitors Bureau

    Irvine Chamber Visitors Bureau

    2485 McCabe Way Suite 150 Irvine, CA 92614
    The Irvine Chamber Visitors Bureau, also known as the Irvine CVB, exists to direct individuals traveling to Irvine in Orange County, California for business and for leisure. The city of Irvine offers hundreds of options for lodging and accommodations, dining, and entertainment.
    Business District eat nearby
  • Irvine Museum

    Irvine Museum

    18881 Von Karman Avenue Ste. 100, Irvine, California 92612
    Displays California art of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930).
    Business District restaurants nearby
  • Lido Yacht Expo

    Lido Yacht Expo

    Exhibit of the latest and greatest in yachts. The event takes place at the Lido Marina Village. 757-5959, Adults $10; 12 and under free. September.
    food nearby
  • Taste of Newport

    Newport Center Drive at Fashion Island
    729-4400, (e-mail:, [10]. Annual food, wine and music festival featuring selections from Newport Beach restaurants. Presale - $17; at the gate - $20; Under 8 - Free. September.
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  • Westcliff Plaza

    This is the real Newport
    Located near the corner of Westcliff and Irvine Avenue, this is a small, luxury mall, with ultra upscale clothes, furnishings, and services. Restaurants include Haute Cakes (Breakfast and Lunch only), Pizza Bakery, and Capri Blu. You will also see the colorful spectrum of local teen lifestyles.
  • Catalina Island

    For most of the year
    Trip takes about an hour, and can frequently be rough. Remember to bring the Dramamine!!!
    food nearby
  • Film and Video Center

    Humanities Instructional Building, Irvine, CA 92697-3535
    FVC screens classic movies, international films, art house cinema and more. Located on the UC Irvine Campus. Screenings typically occur at least once a week during the academic quarter.
    Uc Irvine eat nearby
  • Orange County Museum of Art

    850 San Clemente Drive
    Tu-Su 11AM-5PM, Th 11AM-8PM. Specializes in contemporary art and houses rotating special exhibitions. Adults $10, Students (w/ valid ID) & Seniors (65+) $8, Children under 12- free.
    restaurants nearby
  • Crystal Cove

    This is on Pacific Coast highway in the southern reaches of Newport
    Stop here on your way to Laguna Beach and find both chain and private retailers. This mall is breathtaking as it is located overlooking the ocean. Stop for a bite to eat.
  • Balboa Island Art Walk

    along South Bayfront Drive on Balboa Island
    Over 100 artists showing and selling their work, ranging from paintings to sculptures to jewelry. Free. May
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  • Balboa Fun Zone

    600 E
    Bay Avenue, e-mail: Su-Th 11AM-6PM; F Sa 11AM-10PM. $1.50 per ticket or 20 tickets for $25 (number of tickets required vary with attraction. Located near the Balboa Pavillion, the Fun Zone has a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, rock wall, arcade, and bungee jump.
    restaurants nearby
  • Fashion Island

    The premiere shopping center in Newport Beach
    Stores include Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales's, Anthropologie, Barnes and Noble, Nike for Women. Restaurants include Cafe R & D (crowded, but good), the Neiman Marcus Restaurant (with a beautiful view towards the ocean), and ThaiFoon.
  • Sol Grill

    Sol Grill

    110 McFadden Pl
    Tues-Sun 5PM-10PM, closed Mondays. Good Pasta and Seafood restaurant with live music. As the restaurant is small, reservations are essentiell for weekends
  • Sage


    Two locations: 2531 Eastbluff
    lunch,dinner. lunch $15-$25, dinner $30-$40. Creative gourmet fare. Excellent service. Quiet surroundings.
  • Gelato Paradiso

    Gelato Paradiso

    Two locations: 952 Avocado Ave
    or Fashion Island Atrium court. Many flavors of very good quality Italian-style gelato and sorbetto. Try the bacio (chocolate and hazelnut).
  • Harry's Deli

    Harry's Deli

    17881 Sky Park Cir Ste A
    Affordable, no nonsense sandwiches made by a team of fellow food enthusiasts. Offers include pulled pork, ribeye, pastrami and chicken digiorgio.
    Business District
  • Memphis Cafe

    2920 Bristol St., Costa Mesa
    lunch $10, dinner $20. Tasty and fairly authentic gourmet southern fare in a casual roadhouse-style diner with fantastic ambience. Service is excellent, but informal. For lunch, try the 1/2 pulled pork sandwich and bowl of gumbo. Parking is sometimes a problem between 12pm and 1pm on weekdays.
  • Wilma's Patio

    203 Marine Ave
    Family restaurant popular among locals for breakfast on Balboa Island (not the peninsula!), although they also serve lunch and dinner. The wait can be as long as an hour on summer weekend mornings.
  • A Restaurant

    3334 West Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663
    Best happy hour in Newport. Rat pack vibe. Just go.
  • Tradition by Pascal

    1000 N. Bristol
    Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 5:30-10:00pm. dinner $30-$40. Serves lite French cuisine with provençal flair.
    Business District
  • Mutt Lynch's

    2300 W Oceanfront Newport Beach, CA 92663
    A true locals haunt. "A little slice of a California beach community."
  • Gina's Pizza

    4533 Campus Dr.
    price: moderate. Located in UC Irvine, just north of Newport Beach. Its delicious pizza, pasta, and salad is considered some of the best in Orange County. Popular with local UCI and UHS students.
    Business District
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