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Long Beach is a seaside city in California known for its scenic ports and family-friendly beaches. Visit the enormous aquarium, which is home to thousands of species and offers interactive activities. Other popular activities include romantic strolls along the beach, visits to the eclectic shopping areas and trips to museums and cultural centers.
Take the family to the famous Aquarium of the Pacific in Rainbow Harbor on the south coast of the city. It covers an area of 5 acres (2 hectares) and houses 11,000 creatures, including fish, penguins and sea lions. See the Shark Lagoon, which features several types of sharks and rays. If you are feeling brave, pet sharks in the purpose-built tank.
Cycle along the paths near the port for an excellent view of the ocean. The city is home to sandy beaches along the Pacific Coast. The water here is generally very calm so it’s ideal for families with small children.
Go shopping for hats, trinkets and candy in the eccentric stores in Shoreline Village. Take the kids for a ride on the carousel in the playground area. Enjoy a romantic stroll along Rainbow Harbor and Marina as the sun goes down. After nightfall, colorful lights from yachts, restaurants and hotels light up the area.
For some culture, head to Long Beach Performing Arts Center and watch a musical or an opera. Explore the exhibitions at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The museum is housed in a historic mansion on the top of a scenic bluff overlooking the ocean. Explore boutiques and galleries at the East Village Arts District and tour the Museum of Latin American Art.
Long Beach is located about 24 miles (38.6 kilometers) south of downtown Los Angeles. A taxi journey should take around 45 minutes or you can take the LA Metro. While you are in Long Beach, take a cruise to beautiful Catalina Island.
The Queen Mary, once an ocean liner and now a hotel permanently docked in Long Beach Harbor, features a calendar of events that includes car shows, music festivals, and Halloween haunts each year.
This smoke-free Long Beach hotel is five minutes from the Long Beach Convention Center and Aquarium of the Pacific. The RMS Queen Mary and the Carnival cruise-ship terminal are within a fifteen-minute drive.
Situated in Long Beach, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from California State University Long Beach. Recreation Park Golf Course and Walter Pyramid are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Connected to the World Trade Center, this Hilton hotel is 4 short blocks from Long Beach Convention Center, 8 blocks from Long Beach Promenade, and less than 1 mile from Aquarium of the Pacific and Queen Mary.
Just off I-405, this aparthotel is 1 mile from Long Beach Municipal Airport and 4.5 miles from Aquarium of the Pacific and the Long Beach Convention Center. The Queen Mary is 6 miles away.
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Seal Beach Pier and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from California State University Long Beach. Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge and Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This smoke-free Long Beach hotel is less than a mile from Long Beach Convention Center and provides convenient access to The Pike and Belmont Shores.
Located in the heart of Long Beach, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Pike at Rainbow Harbor. Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are also within 10 minutes.