Long Beach Family Vacation Ideas

​Long Beach is the perfect destination for a family vacation.

Here you can experience it all from a deep-sea adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific right on the bay and a voyage in time aboard the historic Queen Mary to lively guided tours through downtown and the colorful East Village. Here are a few of our top suggestions for family fun while you’re in the city.

1. Explore the Historic Queen Mary

Book the Glory Days Guided Tour of the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship, and see restored areas that have been under wraps since the final voyage in 1967, including the Isolation Wards and the aft Machine Rooms. Enjoy a meal, shop, and even plan to spend the night in an original First-Class Stateroom. Plus save money and tour the ship at sunset and stay for dinner since they offer free admission after 5pm most days (with some exceptions)!

queen mary ship

2. Discover the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Take a journey of discovery through the world's largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Meet more than 11,000 animals in over 50 exhibits as you explore sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Kids will love all of the hands-on features including: Get up-close with a penguin. Touch over 150 sharks in Shark Lagoon. Feed colorful birds in Lorikeet Forest. Touch sea jellies. Check their event calendar for family overnight events & fun festivals!


3. Keep an Eye Out for Whales & Dolphins on a Harbor Breeze Cruise

Southern California's premier whale watching and harbor tour company invites you on an excursion that thousands of happy guests from all throughout the world have experienced. Join Harbor Breeze Cruises on an exciting whale watching journey to view some of the largest mammals on the planet. Our experienced crew and knowledgeable Aquarium of the Pacific educators will guide you on every voyage as we search for all types of awe-inspiring marine life such as Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Dolphins, marine birds, sea lions, and harbor seals. Select the tour length your family can handle & don’t worry, there are snacks for purchase on board!

whales in long beach

5. Get Outside & Explore Our Coast from the Bike Path

With sunny skies and miles of diverse terrain, Long Beach is an ideal place to bicycle. Safe and convenient facilities across the City make cycling fun for families, professional cyclists, and weekend cruisers alike. The Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path is a scenic 3.1-mile bike path with a 17-ft wide concrete trail along the beach, extending from Alamitos Avenue on the west to 54th Place on the east. The path starts at the lighthouse in Shoreline Aquatic Park, juts out and around the Aquarium and the Rainbow Park Lagoon, and then returns to the ocean.  Rent a few bikes from our Long Beach Bike Share stations located throughout the city or grab a surrey and split the work!

bike path

6. Shop & Dine at our Waterfront Shoreline Village

Shoreline Village is a waterfront shopping, dining, and entertainment center that overlooks Long Beach's beautiful Rainbow Harbor. The Village welcomes visitors with a relaxed atmosphere and full complement of things to see and do. Styled after a quaint Cape Cod fishing village, Shoreline Village is a family-friendly destination will fun colorful shops for souvenirs & toys. Shoreline features an antique carousel, bike rentals to explore the Long Beach coastline, personal watercraft rentals, harbor cruises, and unique specialty shops. Dine at one of Long Beach's premier seafood restaurants, Parkers' Lighthouse, while enjoying the amazing views. Shoreline Village is conveniently located within walking distance of the world-class Aquarium of the Pacific across the harbor from the Queen Mary.

shoreline village

No matter how you choose to spend your time in Long Beach, you and your family will be sure to have a blast in the city.

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