Cruise California's Newport Harbor

Ice cream bars and boat tours signal the height of summer along this boardwalk. Here's where to go, shop, and eat

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DUFFY ELECTRIC BOAT COMPANY

 What: Canopy-topped electric boats for up to 12 people; pilot around the harbor and up narrow channels lined with multimillion-dollar homes.
 When: Open daily.
 How much: $95 per hour.
 Where: 2001 W. Coast Hwy. (State 1); 949/645-6812.

CHINA COVE KAYAK ADVENTURES

 What: A guided tour of Newport Harbor in brightly colored sit-on-top kayaks, with a stop for a swim at one of Newport's best beaches, Pirates Cove, where Gilligan's Island was filmed.
 When: Open daily; reservations required.
 How much: From $39.
 Where: Meet at the harbor, or arrange to have the tour operator pick you up; 949/632-4694.

DEBRA HUSE GALLERY

 What: Paintings of harbor scenes ― the Balboa Pavilion, Crystal Cove, and Catalina Island's Avalon ― by local artists.
 When: Open Fri-Mon.
 Where: 229 Marine Ave., Balboa Island; 949/723-6171.

 

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