The Must-Visit Parks in Long Beach

Peaceful afternoon at El Dorado East Regional Park, Long Beach California
Peaceful afternoon at El Dorado East Regional Park, Long Beach California | © Bon Koo / Alamy Stock Photo
Nicholas Grantham

In between all the sea and the surf, it’s easy to overlook the amazing green spaces that Long Beach has on offer. With a variety of beautiful landscapes, including everything from wetlands to woodland, you will never be left with a shortage of ideas. But just to provide a helping hand, we’ll take you through some of the best parks that Long Beach has for your next visit.

1. Los Cerritos Park


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Covering a little more than seven acres, Los Cerritos Park is one of the best green spaces in Long Beach. A firm favourite among locals, the park has everything you would need to spend a day out, with beautiful scenery, picnic tables and an awesome play area if the kids are looking to expel some energy. Be sure to check out the Long Beach Municipal Band programme, as they hold concerts throughout the year from the bandstand.

2. Bixby Park


First opened in 1903 and located just near the popular Junipero Beach, Bixby Park is a perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon. The park itself has plenty of activities available, including a sports field, volleyball courts and skate park. On top of that, it hosts several programs for local residents and even has a free yoga class taking place every day at 11am, all you need to take part is to turn up with your mat.

3. El Dorado East Regional Park


Peaceful afternoon at El Dorado East Regional Park, Long Beach California
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Spanning 105 acres and featuring some of the best landscapes in the city, El Dorado Nature Centre is a must visit for anyone looking to escape the city. Taking a walk around one of the park’s shaded footpaths, you’ll see plenty of wildflowers and local wildlife, with frogs and turtles making the space their home. And if you’re interested in learning more about the wildlife, you can learn all about it at the El Dorado Nature Center.

5. Marina Vista Park


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Overlooking the ocean, Marina Vista Park is filled with some of the city’s best waterfront views. Found just off East Eliot Street, this pristine park covers roughly 20 acres and has some great amenities on offer, including a marine reserve, several sports courts and public swimming all available. If you’re around near the end of October, the annual Howl’oween, a Halloween-inspired dogs parade, cannot be missed.

6. Colorado Lagoon

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Just a short walk away from its neighbour, the Marina Vista Park, Colorado Lagoon is a fascinating space in its own right. Giving guests an opportunity to explore some of the area’s extensive wetlands, the park has an overabundance of flora and fauna to discover. The park has a few activities available, although keep in mind that swimming is prohibited when the water is in poor condition. There is also a charming model boat lake and shop available towards the end of the park, with the shop opening for a few weeks each summer.

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