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Long BeachUnited States of America

Take the kids for a swim in the ocean, pet sharks at the aquarium and explore museums and galleries in this laid-back beach city on California’s Pacific Coast.

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.

Where to stay in Long Beach

Long Beach which includes general coastal views and cruising

Harbor

4/5Very Good!(2,347 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Harbor, check out sights like Aquarium of the Pacific or RMS Queen Mary and hop on the metro to see more the city at Willow Street Station or Pacific Coast Highway Station.

Harbor
Long Beach which includes general coastal views and cruising

Downtown Long Beach

4/5Very Good!(949 area reviews)

City Place Shopping Center and One World Trade Center are top sights in Downtown Long Beach, and you should be sure to explore the stunning beaches. Hop aboard the metro at 1st Street Station or Pacific Avenue Station to see more sights in the area.

Downtown Long Beach
It's a popular spot for kiteboarding. Long Beach. #beach

Belmont Shore

4/5Very Good!(41 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Belmont Shore. You might want to make time for a stop at Rosie's Dog Beach or Alamitos Bay Beach.

Belmont Shore
Beauty Period !

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Alamitos Beach

While visiting Alamitos Beach, you might make a stop by sights like 4th Street Retro Row and City Beach.

Alamitos Beach
Long Beach which includes general coastal views and cruising

East Village

When in East Village and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like Aquarium of the Pacific or Shoreline Village and hop on the metro to see more the city at 5th Street Station or 1st Street Station.

East Village
A part of the roadhouse feast dinner. Appetizer platter with fried green tomatoes, fried okra and sweet potato fries followed by smoked meats, sides and peach cobbler.

Bixby Knolls

Bixby Knolls might not have many top sights, but Crystal Casino and Museum of Latin American Art are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Bixby Knolls

Top Hotels in Long Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown
3 out of 5
500 E 1st St, Long Beach, CA
The price is $143 per night

Located in Harbor, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 4th Street Retro Row and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Aquarium of the Pacific ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,007 reviews)

"My stay at ur hotel was great . Room was nice and the bed was awesome"…"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown
Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
4 out of 5
700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA
The price is $195 per night

Located in Harbor, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of RMS Queen Mary and Aquarium of the Pacific. Long Beach Cruise Terminal and Long Beach Convention ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,001 reviews)

"We enjoy our stay and highly recommended excellent views and great service"…"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2020

Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
The Westin Long Beach
The Westin Long Beach
4 out of 5
333 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA
The price is $119 per night

Located in Harbor, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Pike at Rainbow Harbor, and City Place Shopping Center. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"The sheets weren’t very clean. But our hotel stay was ok"…"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2020

The Westin Long Beach

Popular places to visit in Long Beach

Long Beach Cruise Terminal
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Long Beach Cruise Terminal

4.5/5(1,079 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Long Beach with a trip to Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Experience the acclaimed art scene or attend a sporting event in this walkable area.

Aquarium of the Pacific
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Aquarium of the Pacific

4.5/5(703 reviews)

Immerse yourself in the world under the sea and come nose to nose with sharks, eels and the giant Pacific octopus.

California State University Long Beach
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California State University Long Beach

4/5(1,277 reviews)

Explore the campus of California State University Long Beach, a top college in Long Beach. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event.

RMS Queen Mary
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RMS Queen Mary

4/5(838 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at RMS Queen Mary, a favorite museum in Long Beach. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed art scene in this walkable area.

Shoreline Village
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Shoreline Village

4.5/5(284 reviews)

With a visit to Shoreline Village, a popular shopping spot in Long Beach, you can browse for souvenirs. Experience the acclaimed art scene or attend a sporting event in this walkable area.

4th Street Retro Row
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4th Street Retro Row

During your trip to Long Beach, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at 4th Street Retro Row. Amble around the area's beaches or experience its live music.

Top things to do in Long Beach

RMS Queen Mary Tickets and Self-Guided Tour
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RMS Queen Mary Tickets and Self-Guided Tour

$31
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Shared Shuttle & Ferry: Los Angeles to Catalina Island
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Shared Shuttle & Ferry: Los Angeles to Catalina Island

$184
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Los Angeles & Hollywood Tours From Cruise Terminals
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Los Angeles & Hollywood Tours From Cruise Terminals

$149
Per adult
Full-Day Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Venice Tour
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Full-Day Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Venice Tour

$129
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Vacation Photographer in Long Beach, California
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Vacation Photographer in Long Beach, California

$250
Per adult
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon

$75
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Long Beach

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Top Destination

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4 - Good 43.59083191850594%
3 - Okay
304
3 - Okay 12.903225806451612%
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2 - Disappointing 1.570458404074703%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.230899830220713%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Long Beach is my home town so beautiful the whether is always nice and Long Beach hace everything guys if you really want tasty tacos find SAVAGE TACOS !!!!

5/5 - Excellent

NIKFEEZY

Jun 1, 2020

I love Long Beach and have been living here since 1987.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

A great place to visit... Will do it again soon

1/5 - Terrible

Fred

May 10, 2020

Full of homeless and dirty streets

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 3, 2020

I'm a big fan of Long Beach's gritty urban realness. It makes the SoCal experience more comprehensive and complete.

4/5 - Good

Jen

Apr 20, 2020

There’s lots to do in LB when there isn’t a mandatory closure.

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