The idyllic seaside community of Newport Beach has it all – fabulous restaurants, trendy shopping, elegant hotels, sparkling beaches and one of the world’s most picturesque harbors. With a multitude of outdoor activities - ranging from sailing, surfing, swimming and golf to hiking, biking, and fishing - it’s a recreational paradise.
Sports-minded enthusiasts now have another reason to visit this Southern California beachside treasure - The Newport Sports Museum. Located a mile from the Pacific Ocean near Fashion Island, the museum showcases an impressive collection of authentic sports memorabilia. Over 10,000 items are featured, covering the sports of football, hockey, basketball, baseball, golf, soccer and more. The many exhibits will awe even the most casual sports fan. See Babe Ruth’s last homerun ball which is signed, along with baseballs signed by Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, to name a few. See autographed football helmets and jerseys from players such as Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Bart Starr, Walter Payton and Dan Marino. Game balls signed by Super Bowl champions are displayed. You’ll find Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves from a championship fight and golf clubs from Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. Other notable items include hockey great Wayne Gretzky's 900th goal puck and shoes autographed by basketball superstars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, and Shaquille O’Neal. If you grow weary from gawking at the collectibles, you can rest your bones on stadium seats salvaged from ballparks such as Yankee Stadium. Once re-energized, you can shoot a few hoops on the small basketball court in the middle of the museum.
Babe Ruth & Nolan Ryan autographed baseballs (Newport Sports Museum)
In addition to the multitude of sports memorabilia, the Newport Sports Museum has a Youth Outreach program which aims to keep kids in school and off drugs by involving them in athletics. Partnering with well-known athletes and sports figures, the museum has a number of different programs designed specifically to teach children self confidence, discipline, courage, teamwork and dedication.
More Information: Newport Sports Museum
100 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm.
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