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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This museum is free the first weekend of every month for Bank of America cardholders and features work from Frida Kahlo and Dia de los Muertos. They also hold cultural events and offer beautiful outside grounds with a sculpture garden.