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.
Beaches, Aquariums and Walking
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.
Immerse yourself in the world under the sea and come nose to nose with sharks, eels and the giant Pacific octopus.
Part film and TV studio, part entertainment complex and part amusement park with full-throttle fun at every turn.
You'll find beachside kitsch, boardwalk ambience and carnival fun at this sunbaked LA attraction that’s more than a hundred years old.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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