Top 8 Seaside Attractions In Long Beach, California

Photo of Mary Pettas
9 February 2017

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.

Shoreline Village

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.

401-435 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA, USA

queen mary

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Queen Mary

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.

1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA, USA, +1 (877) 342-0738

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.

Whale Watching

The aquarium has partnered with Harbor Breeze Tours in the Long Beach harbor to offer whale watching for a discounted rate with the price of the museum ticket. Seeing as it’s grey whale migration season during the winter, this is the best time to check out both attractions and see one of the ocean’s gentle giants!

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA, USA, +1 (562) 432-4900

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.

Shepard St, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Pike at Rainbow Harbor

This historic amusement park turned city center is modern and attractive to residents and tourists alike. It’s right along the waterfront and features luxury stores, a movie theater, The Laugh Factory, and an arcade.

95 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA, USA, +1 (877) 225-5337

Belmont Shore

There are tons of great bars in Long Beach to choose from, from sports bars to whiskey bars with craft cocktails. Sip this ridiculously overloaded signature bloody Mary by the sea at The Attic.

3441 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA, USA, +1 (562) 433-0153


Image courtesy of The Attic