The Top 8 Things to Do In Long Beach

The Top 8 Things to Do In Long Beach

Long Beach offers the best of Southern California living.

With gorgeous weather and amazing local culture, there’s so much to discover while you’re here. When you visit Long Beach here are the top eight things to do:

1. Visit The Aquarium of Pacific

Kids and families alike will love a visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific and its many interactive exhibits, but this world-class aquarium is a perfect fit for visitors of all ages. The aquarium’s indoor and outdoor spaces celebrate the vast beauty of the Pacific Ocean, featuring more than 11,000 animals and 500 species. Don’t miss the Shark Lagoon, home to more than 150 sharks. The June Keyes Penguin Habitat is also a must-see, where you can watch twenty Magellanic Penguins playing in and out of the water.

2. Spot Whales on A Harbor Cruise

Get a new perspective of Long Beach on a scenic and educational harbor cruise with Harbor Breeze Cruises or Spirit Cruises. Take in the views of Long Beach harbor and The Queen Mary as knowledgeable guides point out our plentiful sea life, including whales, dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, and marine birds. There’s no better way to relax on the water and immerse yourself in the local environment.

3. Board The Queen Mary

From her maiden transatlantic voyage in 1936 to her eventual final docking in Long Beach in 1967, The Queen Mary has captured the hearts of millions around the world. Today The Queen Mary operates as a hotel and visitors can enjoy tours and exhibits, dine in multiple restaurants, or choose to stay on board as a hotel guest. Can you brave a hair-raising haunted nighttime tour of the ship’s many intricate rooms and hallways? There’s only one way to find out!

4. Explore Shoreline Village

This shopping, dining, and entertainment destination is a must-see (and great photo-op) while you’re in Long Beach. Nestled right along the beautiful harbor, the village offers the perfect setting for a romantic sunset walk or a family bike ride down the coastal bike path. Choose from the many restaurants and stores where you can savor fresh seafood or find the perfect souvenir.

5. Take In A Live Performance

For music and theater lovers there’s always a new performance on the calendar at one of Long Beach’s many venues. The Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Symphony, and Music Angelica all offer packed seasons. The Long Beach community also supports several theater companies with regular performances at venues like the Long Beach Playhouse and International City Theatre. You may even discover your new favorite band or DJ at Long Beach’s many exciting bars and nightlife venues, including The Federal Bar, Live After 5, and Sevilla Nightclub.

6. View Amazing Artwork

Long Beach boasts two distinguished museums for visitors to enjoy. The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is the only institution of its kind in the U.S. and features a beautiful 15,000 square-foot sculpture garden. The Long Beach Museum of Art is located within the historic Anderson house and situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After you tour the collection, enjoy lunch with a waterfront view of the ocean at Claire’s, the on-site restaurant.

7. Shop and Stroll

From your favorite retailers and outlet bargains to unique boutiques and vintage shops - Long Beach is every shopper’s dream. Start downtown with Pine Avenue’s many local shops and dining options. Then make your way over to the nearby Pike Outlets where you can find deals on your favorite brands. If you love vintage discoveries, funky Retro Row on 4th Street is a must-see. Uncover treasures from the past and find a variety of dining options nearby. The Belmont Shores neighborhood is one more shopping destination to add to your Long Beach list. Walk the palm tree-lined streets and explore unique local boutiques and many delicious restaurants and cafes.

8. 44th Annual Toyota Grand Prix

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is an IndyCar Series race held on a street circuit. It is the longest running major street race held in North America. This year’s race runs from April 13th-15th, and will feature the Verizon IndyCar Series and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, as well as the Pro/Celebrity Race, Formula Drift, Pirelli World Challenge Championships, SPEED Energy Off-Road Series and Indy Lights. In addition to the race, there are lots of other fun and exciting events taking place during the weekend, including a Lifestyle Expo, featuring over 270,000 square feet of displays, a Family Fun Zone and two concerts. Don’t miss all of the action!

Start planning your Long Beach getaway today. Find out what’s going on while you’re in town with our Events Calendar. Or find the perfect hotel for your stay!

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