Long Beach is a sea haven not too far from Los Angeles proper. While this harbor and its neighbor, San Pedro Harbor, are both gigantic ports that house enormous cruise ships and are centers for shipping, the docks, the surrounding attractions and the town are all quaint and colorful. There’s plenty to explore along this oceanside gem.
The Dockside has lots of cute little colorful shops with souvenirs and trinkets. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, including Yard House and an Irish pub called Shenanigans where visitors can dine outside on the docks.
This massive historic ocean liner that retired in the 1960s after operating for over 30 years includes a hotel, shops, and many restaurants. One of their dining establishments offers a Sunday brunch that is served in the original first class dining room of the ship and attempts to recreate the extravagant cuisine of the times. Walk around on the massive decks afterwards to digest and take in the sea air.
Aquarium of the Pacific
The best aquatic center in Southern California, this aquarium is sure to please both families and adults. The exhibits are all interactive, and while the museum itself is on the smaller side, they offer many guided events to make the experience worthwhile.
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA, USA, +1 (562) 590-3100
San Pedro (The Sunken City)
The Atlantis-like site is actually a formerly luxurious neighborhood that fell hundreds of feet into a canyon during an earthquake. Now, it draws hikers from all over who trek down into the steep abyss and mark it with graffiti. It’s an amazing sight, but beware of passing trespassing signs — authorities will issue tickets.
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