Planning Your Summer Trip to Long Beach

There’s a lot to do and see, eat and drink, experiences and memories to make in Long Beach. So much so, that you might not know where to start, what to do and when to do it. So allow us to offer some direction and resources for planning your next summer trip to Long Beach. See you soon!


The best place to start when planning to visit Long Beach is–wait for it–the Visit Long Beach website. At the bottom of its homepage click on a “About Long Beach” button to learn more about the city, its history and some frequently asked questions like: Is the Queen Mary haunted? What can I expect to pay for transportation to Long Beach Airport from Downtown Long Beach? You can also check out the city’s climate–345 days of sunshine, annually–as well as what the weather will be like on your visit.


The Visit Long Beach website is also where you’ll find lots of links, articles and online gadgets to inform what you want to do once here as well as how to make it happen. Check out the Visit Long Beach blog with scads of information about great things to do, eat and experience in the city. Everything from summer festivals to sushi, family fun to singles adventures. Pro tip: Save helpful blog posts to a page by clicking on the accompanying heart, it will also locate the event/location for you on an online map.

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If you’d like to skip a few steps, the Visit Long Beach website has a “Dive In” button–look for the whale fin–located on its top right corner. Click on it and you will be taken to a page asking you who you’re traveling with–friends, family, pets, etc.–and what you’re looking to do on the trip–arts and culture, family fun, day trips, etc. When you click on what applies to you and who you’re traveling with, the site will instantly generate some great options, ideas and itineraries.


On the top, left corner of the Visit Long Beach homepage is a button that, when clicked, produces a drop down menu of options for things like Food & Drink and, Events. You’ll also find a Plan Your Trip link. Click and you’ll access ways to get to and from the city–whether by air or freeway–walking and cycling maps, all types of public and private transportation options as well as special offers.


On the same drop down menu, you’ll find a Hotels link. Click on it and you’ll not only be taken to a page with information about Things to Do where, among other things, you can create your own itinerary as well as a link to a page dedicated entirely to family activities. At the top of the Hotels page there is a Find A Room area that, once you type in the dates of your stay and how many people are traveling, will give you a thorough accounting of available hotel rooms as well as rates, photos, amenities, etc.

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Steve Lowery