Some of the Long Beach vacation things you can do are visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Queen Mary, the art museum or dine on the water at Rainbow Harbor. Long Beach California is home to a wide variety of ocean related sights and activities, both on the beach and in the harbors.
Major local attractions include the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Queen Mary, Shoreline Village and Naples Island, where you can paddle a kayak or ride a gondola along mini picturesque canals.
Rainbow Harbor is a fun place to start, with shops and a range of dining options in Shoreline Village. From here you an charter cruises, rent sailboats, take a speedboat ride or pick up a water taxi (Aquabus) to other points around the harbor. Scenic Rainbow Lagoon Park offers paddle boats to ride.
The Queen Mary is a dry-docked historic ship. You can take tours on it, and there's also a nice restaurant and bar on board. To stay overnight on the Queen Mary, call 562-435-3511.
The historic tall ship "Californian" is docked here and takes people out on cruises.
A major attraction in the area is the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is located is located on 100 Aquarium Way. It's really a must-see if you are on a Long Beach vacation with kids.
Across the street from the Long Beach Aquarium is "The Pike", an outdoor shopping center with restaurants, some shops, a carousel and a ferris wheel.
Your Long Beach vacation should also include a visit to neighboring San Pedro, which is also included in the larger Los Angeles Harbor. San Pedro boasts the nautical Ports O’Call Village and Whaler Wharf with more shopping and dining. There is also a maritime museum there.
Cruises from Los Angeles leave from either San Pedro or Long Beach.
The Long Beach Art Museum sits on a scenic bluff called Bluff Park above the beach. There is an outdoor restaurant/café in back of the museum which overlooks the ocean view. Offshore oil rigs are disguised to look like islands bearing tall hotels. The museum is at 2300 E. Ocean Boulevard. Call 562-439-2119 for more info.
There are about seven miles of beaches in Long Beach California.
Long Beach City Beach is about 5 and a half miles long. The water is flat, so no surfing here, but you can swim and there is plenty of white sand to play or relax on.
Belmont Shore stretches out at the southern end of this beach. There is a pier and a bike path as well. Shops and restaurants are located along Second Street, between Bay Shore Avenue and Livingston Drive.
Rosie's Dog Beach is one of the few places you can let your dog run around free of the leash. Only one dog per person is allowed, and they must stay within the orange traffic cones. It's found in Belmont Shore between Roycroft and Argonne Avenues. There's even a doggie drinking fountain.
Alamitos Bay Beach near Naples Island is a good place to lazily sit and watch pleasure craft go in and out of the bay. The Aqualink Catamaran can take you from here to Rainbow Harbor for three dollars each way.
Cherry Beach is found near the end of Cherry Street.
Granada Beach is in the Belmont Shore neighborhood near Grenada Avenue.
Seal Beach is in the neighboring town to the south. Seal Beach California has a cute, small town beach feel, complete with pier, small shops on it's main street, and a beach with good swimming and body surfing.
There is a vast amount of hotels to choose from, some downtown and others by the airport. Some of the more popular ones include The Varden, the AVIA Long Beach, the Comfort Inn & Suites, Hotel Maya and the Best Western Plus at the Convention Center. See our Long Beach hotels page.
For longer stays, see these vacation rentals on TripAdvisor.
Planning a Long Beach vacation around a fun event will take some planning ahead so that you can get a room in the hotel you want. Some of the popular annual events and festivals include:
So you see, there is no shortage of fun things to do and see for the whole family in Long Beach California.
What is the typical weather here? Much like the rest of Southern California beach towns, it tends to be really nice year round.
The temperatures average from the high 50s in winter to the mid 70s in summer. Coastal fog on summer mornings usually burns off by mid day. Annual rainfall is around 11 inches spread out over 32 days or so. According to climate-zone.com, there are approximately 119 partly cloudy days and 87 cloudy days per year.
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