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Lying just south of Los Angeles, along the SoCal coast, Long Beach has some fantastic attractions. With one of the best aquariums in the country, some of the top beaches in California and a classic piece of history in the Queen Mary, it has something for all tastes. Here, Culture Trip takes you through some of the best places to visit on your next trip to the city.
Comprising several districts, the Long Beach Waterfront has plenty on offer for the discerning day tripper. If you fancy a relaxing stroll along the waterfront, the Rainbow Harbor Esplanade is the perfect opportunity to take in the sea. However, if you’re looking for a bit of retail therapy, the Pike Outlet is filled with stores, restaurants and much more.
Reminiscent of an Italian waterfront, Naples Island is a delightful destination in Long Beach. It features plenty of charming restaurants and shops, with sailboats nestled in the nearby harbor. If you are looking to take to the water yourself, kayak and gondola rides are available to hire on the sandy shores.
If you’re looking for a place to relax and take in some gorgeous scenery, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is the perfect place to unwind. Part of the California State University, Long Beach, the garden has been delighting guests for 40 years. Frequently used for weddings and special occasions, it’s open to the public five days a week and hosts several events throughout the year.
Once a private beachfront home, the Long Beach Museum of Art has been showcasing local artistic talent since the late 1950s. The museum’s permanent collection has more than 3,000 pieces of original work from some of the best artists America and Europe have to offer. It has also hosted many standout temporary exhibitions, from Matisse to Patrick Angus.