Long Beach is calling! Discover its beaches, aquarium, oceanfront, and more.

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.

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Beaches, Aquariums and Walking

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Where to stay in Long Beach

Downtown Long Beach
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Downtown Long Beach

Beaches, Culture, Architecture

Travelers to Downtown Long Beach praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by City Place Shopping Center and One World Trade Center.

Harbor
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Harbor

While visiting Harbor, you might make a stop by sights like Aquarium of the Pacific and RMS Queen Mary.

Waterfront
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Waterfront

While visiting Waterfront, you might make a stop by sights like Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village.

East Village
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East Village

East Village might not have many top sights, but Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Top Hotels in Long Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Queen Mary
3 out of 5
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA
$99/night
Sep 2 - Sep 3
3.7/5Good! (9,004 reviews)

Located in Harbor, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of RMS Queen Mary and Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Aquarium of the Pacific and Pike at Rainbow ...

3.7/5Good! (9,004 reviews)

"It was clean and a nice view. I will be coming back very soon."…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

The Queen Mary
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Golden Sails Hotel
2.5 out of 5
6285 E Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA
$84/night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
3.8/5Good! (1,556 reviews)

Located in Harbor, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from VA Long Beach Medical Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of California State University Long Beach and Walter ...

3.8/5Good! (1,556 reviews)

"great location, and a decent place to stay for the price."…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Golden Sails Hotel
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Hyatt Regency Long Beach
4 out of 5
200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA
$161/night
Sep 2 - Sep 3
4.4/5Excellent! (2,104 reviews)

This family-friendly Long Beach hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps from Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Pike at Rainbow Harbor. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,104 reviews)

"The room was large with a scenic view; the bed was comfortable, however the shower and lighting in the bathroom was poor."…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Popular things to do in Long Beach

RMS Queen Mary
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RMS Queen Mary

Browse the exhibits at RMS Queen Mary, a popular museum in Long Beach. 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

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

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

Part film and TV studio, part entertainment complex and part amusement park with full-throttle fun at every turn.

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

You'll find beachside kitsch, boardwalk ambience and carnival fun at this sunbaked LA attraction that’s more than a hundred years old.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Tinseltown’s star-studded tribute to the artists, global icons, producers and directors who’ve made significant contributions to entertainment.

Warner Brothers Studio
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Warner Brothers Studio

Enjoy a trip to Warner Brothers Studio, a well-known attraction in Burbank. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Top activities in Long Beach

Aquarium of the Pacific Tickets
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Aquarium of the Pacific Tickets

$27

Take a journey of discovery at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.

Hydrobike Day Ride on Scenic Alamitos Bay
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Hydrobike Day Ride on Scenic Alamitos Bay

$25

If you like riding bicycles, you'll love Hydrobiking! Scenic Naples Island in Alamitos Bay is tucked away at the southernmost point of LA county. There's no better way to explore the historic area than on Long Beach's most beautiful and only water-covered bike path.

Full-Day Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice & Santa Monica Beaches Tour
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Full-Day Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice & Santa Monica Beaches Tour

$129

Stand before the iconic Hollywood Sign, see the handprints of the stars in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Explore the Sunset Strip’s fancy boutiques and clubs, and soak up the sun along the shore of the Pacific Ocean on gorgeous beaches.

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

$31

Step on board for a self-guided tour of the Queen Mary, once the grandest ocean liner in the world. Learn fascinating stories behind the ship that crossed the Atlantic Ocean more than 1,000 times on both military missions and luxury cruises.

Hydrobike Glow Ride in Alamitos Bay
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Hydrobike Glow Ride in Alamitos Bay

$30

A Hydrobike Glow Ride is a unique experience that you won't find anywhere else. Bike ride on the most beautiful water-covered bike path as your bike GLOWS with bright LED lights in an array of colors.

Magic and Wine Ticket With Front Row Reserved Seats
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Magic and Wine Ticket With Front Row Reserved Seats

$140

Visit: Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802-3496 Enter a world of infinite possibilities that will delight your senses. Inside a mysterious, candle-lit hideaway, an enchanting event takes place each week for a small number of guests.

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