Long Beach

Long Beach is a large port city in Los Angeles County in Southern California.

110 things to do

All Places United States California

Queen Mary

The Queen Mary is a historic Cunard White Star ocean liner — a beautiful Art Deco structure and the largest passenger ship ever built — whose past includes being a troop transport in World War II, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several different tours of the ship are offered including a Ghosts and Legends tour. The Queen Mary also boasts a hotel, several restaurants and bars (a particularly nice one is the Art Deco Bar, where you can get a good cocktail in vintage surroundings and watch the harbor), a shopping promenade and a wedding reception hall. General Admission includes a choice of one of several available tours (you can take a second guided tour for an additional charge), Self-Guided Queen Mary Shipwalk Tour and access to all open exhibit areas. There are several other tour packages including a Combo ticket with the Aquarium of the Pacific or the Scorpion Submarine. (Pay parking or take Passport C)

SEE   —  1126 Queens Hwy

The Sweet Water Saloon

Situated in a historic building(originally Villa Nova Restaurant in the 1940's), the Sweet Water Saloon is truly a neighborhood bar during the day time, and a party bar at night. Well known for having the coldest beers on the Broadway Corridor, home of the ONLY bar on the strip to offer seasonal beers on tap. Happy Hour 7 days a week, from open until 8PM: $2 draft beers, $3 domestic bottled beers and well cocktails. Wednesday nights are $2 drink days where all well drinks, draft beers, and bottled domestic beers are $2 AND free pool in one of the two pool tables.

DRINK   —  +1 562 432-7044 —  1201 E Broadway

Russian Foxtrot Submarine: SCORPION

A self-guided tour of a Cold War Soviet submarine. A retired Russian submarine officer is at the submarine five days a week to answer questions. Call ahead for days and hours he will be available. Be aware that the passageways and hatches are very small, so this is not for those who are claustrophobic. Admission is also available as a combo ticket with the Queen Mary. (Pay parking or take Passport C)

Shannon's On Pine

By far the friendliest bar in Long Beach. Excellently located on the corner of Pine Avenue and Broadway, Shannon's is the perfect place to stop in for an inexpensive, strong drink. The best selection of alcohol downtown. In addition to great drinks, the food is both reasonably priced and excellent. A wide selection of sandwiches, great dinner specials, and $9 bloody mary and omelette on weekends.

DRINK   —  +1 562 436-4363 —  209 Pine Ave

The Passport

A free bus, operated by '''Long Beach Transit''', that connects you to downtown Long Beach's finest attractions and destinations, including the iconic Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Pine Avenue, City Place Mall, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Convention Center, Shoreline Village, many downtown hotels and '''Long Beach Transit''''s water taxis, the AquaLink and AquaBus.

OTHER   —  Map

Sushi Studio

Sushi restaurant with a Thai theme with very good lunch and happy hour specials. Lunch specials under $10 every day from opening until 3PM, specials on rolls and $2 draft beer during Happy Hour every day from 3 to 6PM. The Yellow Submarine(vegetarian) and Sexy girl rolls are very good. Located next to Don's Motel on Pacific Coast Highway. Parking can be tight sometimes.


Includes Blue Line light rail to downtown Los Angeles and Green Line to LAX. Fares Regular: $1.75 (transfers within the MTA system are not free); Seniors (62 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.75; Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult. Regular Metro Day Pass: $7, valid on all MTA Bus and rail lines. Transfers to other systems, $0.50.

OTHER   —  +1 323 466-3876 (GO-METRO) —  Map

Champagne Sunday Brunch

Includes a Carving and Entree Station with a selection of cooked meats; an Oriental Station with stir-fry; a Pasta Station with a selection of gourmet pastas and sauces; a Dessert Station with such delectables as chocolate covered strawberries; and a Mexican Station featuring foods from south of the border. There is a special buffet island just for children.

EAT   —  +1 562 499-1606 —  Map

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is a 1.3 acre Japanese garden with a traditional tea house and koi ponds. A self-guided tour book is available for $1. Call to verify hours as university events sometimes require early closures. Tours for groups of 10 or more may be arranged by calling the garden office at +1 562 985-8420. Take Passport D.

Los Altos Shopping Center

Stores include Target, Trader Joe's, Big Lots, Rite Aid, Golden Spoon Yogurt, Sears, Bristol Farms gourmet food store AM-10PM, includes cafe, Thursday wine tastings 5:30-7:30, $23), T J Maxx, Baja Fresh Mexican Food, [http://www.sees.com/ See's Candy](across Bellflower). Close to the Passport bus route D to Cal State and downtown Long Beach.

BUY   —  +1 562 430-4134 7 —  Map

Aquarium of the Pacific

One of the largest aquariums in the United States, its nearly 1,000 species fill 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits and take visitors through three regions of the Pacific Ocean: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific, and the Northern Pacific. There is also a Combo package with the Queen Mary. (Pay parking or take Passport C)

Long Beach Transit

Offers 38 bus routes serving the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, and Signal Hill. Fares Regular: $1.25; Seniors (62 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.60; Children 4 and under, Legally blind, persons in wheelchairs: Free. Long Beach Transit also offers a Day Pass Regular: $4; Seniors (62 and older), etc. $2.50. Transfers: $0.50.

OTHER   —  +1 562 591-2301 —  Map

Museum of Latin American Art

MOLAA is the only museum in the western United States that exclusively features contemporary Latin American art. The museum seeks to educate through the utilization of its permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and programs. MOLAA is in the newly developing East Village Arts District of Long Beach.

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Adobe

A two-story Monterey-style adobe home built in 1844. A National, State, and Long Beach Historic Landmark, the site includes historic gardens and a research library. Docent led tours on every hour from 1PM to 4PM. Groups over 10 should reserve two weeks ahead. Special events listed on the website.

East 4th

Home to independent retro and hipster bookstores, clothing shops, furniture shops, and an Independent movie theater, the Art Theatre. Check out La Bomba for its extensive selection (including a literal mountain of clothes in the back of the store that you literally dig through.) Take Passport B.

Holiday Inn Long Beach (Downtown)

Not in the best part of town but provides free shuttle into the more tourist and business parts of the area. Underground parking available $10. Reasonably furnished rooms with refrigerator, microwave but thin walls. Cafe available which makes a good fresh omelet for breakfast. No pets allowed.

Joe Jost's

Long Beach Classic--Opened in 1924, one of the oldest family operated taverns in the West. Schooners of draft beer, "Joe's Special" (Polish sausage on rye, with Swiss cheese, mustard, and pickle), fresh roasted peanuts, and pickled eggs. Turn of the century pool tables in the back room.

Sir Winston's

Features Continental and California cuisine. Smart-casual attire required and reservations are highly recommended. Due to the historic nature of the ship, Sir Winston's is located in an area that is only accessible by stairs. Accommodations will be made for guests with special needs.

EAT   —  +1 562 499-1657 —  Map

Naples Island

A district in the southeast corner of Long Beach featuring canals with million dollar homes and walkways lining the canals. At Christmas, the residents extravagantly decorate their homes drawing crowds of pedestrians to admire the works of decorating art. Take Passport A or D.

SEE   —  Map

Long Beach State Athletics

The 49ers compete in NCAA Division 1 collegiate sports, including baseball (the "Dirtbags"), softball, basketball, volleyball, water polo, and women's soccer and tennis. Venues include the blue Walter Pyramid , one of three true pyramids in the United States and Blair Field.

Creme De La Crepe

Picture a Paris street cafe, add sunshine and cool breeze and what you get is "la creme de la crepe..." Authentic French cafe serving breakfast, lunch and diner daily. Award winner every year since 2005 and now recommended by Sunset Magazine, et voila!

EAT   —  +1 562 437-2222 —  400 E 1st St

Catalina Express

Boat service to Catalina Island. Reservations are recommended. Note that each passenger is allowed 2 pieces of luggage, no larger than 37x23x23 inches (94x58x58 cm) and weighing no more than 50 pounds (22 kg) each as well as one carry-on bag.

Sushi West So. California

Small, quaint place with a friendly atmosphere. Great for quick-order sushi & sashimi. The parking lot is shared with next-door Trader Joe's, so parking may be hard ot find at times. Visa & Mastercard purchases are $10 Minimum without Tax

Extended Stay America - Long Beach Airport

Clean budget hotel suits with fully-equipped kitchens, plenty of work space and amenities you won't find in a typical hotel room. Practical stay for families with kids. Pets are welcome (fees applied). Office Hours 7AM-11PM

SLEEP   —  +1 562 989-4601 —  4105 E Willow St

Music Tastes Good Festival

A new Music and Food Block Party and Festival in downtown Long Beach with first year being 2016 (Sept 23rd to 25th-check website for dates for future years) featuring numerous bands playing many different kinds of music.

Historical Cemetery Tour

The Historical Society of Long Beach puts on an annual tour of the historic Sunnyside Cemetery with actors telling stories as figures from Long Beach's past. Tickets are required and go on sale starting in September.

DO   —  1095 E Willow Rd

The Yard House

View of Shoreline Village Marina, dockside seating, eclectic uspcale casual menu, 100+ beers on tap, wine by the glass, specialty martinis. Happy Hour M-F 3PM-6PM, Pints $3.25, Martinis $5.25, half-price appetizers.

Belmont Plaza Pool

An Olympic-sized indoor pool frequently used for swimming events. Parking metered, 8AM-6PM, $1/hour. ''Note: The pool building is being rebuilt. A temporary outdoor pool has been erected nearby.''

Long Beach City College

LBCC is a two-year transfer or AA-degree school, including a highly regarded nursing program. The school has two campuses, one focusing on traditional education, the other on vocational training.

OTHER   —  +1 562 938-4111 —  Map

California State University Long Beach

CSULB offer a wide range of bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees in Anthropology, Fine Arts, Business, and Science. One of the specialities of the campus is International Business.

El Dorado Park Nature Center

Located inside El Dorado East Regional Park, the Nature Center is a large forested park with trails, a museum, two lakes and native Califonia wildlife. See website for special monthly events.

Long Beach Blues Festival

Outdoor jazz and blues festival featuring big name artists like Etta James, Los Lobos and Black Crowes. Held at the California State University Long Beach athletic field. Labor Day weekend.

DO   —  +1 562 985-1686 —  Map

Orange County Transportation Authority

Fares Regular: $2; Seniors (60 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.75. OCTA also offers a Day Pass Regular: $5; Seniors (62 and older), etc. $1.50. See the website for multi-day passes.

OTHER   —  +1-800-636-7433 —  Map


In addition to the usual combination plates, menu includes specialties such as pork shank, stuffed pasilla chiles, and bread pudding. Very popular, be prepared to wait. Offers takeout.

Hotel Maya

Rooms featuring balconies and patios with bay or skyline views in a Latin resort theme. A member of the Doubletree hotel group. Pets allowed up to 50 lb. $50 non-refundable pet fee.

SLEEP   —  +1 562 435-7676 —  700 Queensway Dr

George's Greek Cafe

Friendly Greek restaurant. The house specialty is the lamb chops, but there are fish and vegetarian options, and a selection of Greek wines. Indoor and outdoor seating.

EAT   —  +1 562 433-1755 —  5316 E 2nd St

Gondola Getaway

Romantic gondola boat ride along the canals in Naples. Make reservations at least one day in advance (3 weeks is recommended). Reservation office hours 10AM-5PM daily.

Long Beach Grand Prix

A weekend-long event culminating in Indycar racing on a 2 mile track through the streets of downtown. Held every April. Celebrities races are among the events.

DO   —  +1 562 981-2600 —  Downtown

Benley, A Vietnamese Kitchen

Chic and casual tiny neighborhood cafe in a strip mall. Excellent pho, shaken beef, buttermilk panna cotta with Key Lime anglaise, cassava cake. Free corkage.

Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport

Smoke-Free accommodation. Overnight Parking Fee at $9.00 Per Day. Complimentary wireless high speed Internet access and fitness center. Outdoor heated pool.

Belmont Shore

Bars, restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and national store outlets such as the Gap, Banana Republic, Buffalo Exchange and Vans. Take Passport A or D.

BUY   —  Map

Shoreline Village

Shoreline Village is a family friendly waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment center that overlooks beautiful Rainbow Harbor. Take Passport C.

Long Beach Performing Arts Center

Performances of [http://www.ictlongbeach.org/ International City Theatre], [http://www.lbso.org/ Long Beach Symphony Orchestra], and other events.

Skylinks Golf Course

A championship 18 hole Scottish links tyle course with hilly lies on either side of the fairway. The course was redesigned by Cal Olsen in 2004.

Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Full service luxurious hotel with water views from rooms. Pet allowed with $100 fee for up to 6 days. Additional pet fees after first 6 days.

SLEEP   —  +1 562 491-1234 —  200 S Pine Ave

Historical Society of Long Beach

A small exhibit space with rotating exhibits on the history of Long Beach. There is also a publicly accessible research archive at this site.

Courtyard Long Beach Downtown

On-site parking for both guests and non-guests, fee:$5/hour, $19 daily. Free high speed Internet. Smoke free hotel and pets are not allowed.

SLEEP   —  +1 562 435-8511 —  500 E 1st St

Baja Sonora

Mexican food voted the Best Local Mexican Restaurants in Long Beach by the Readers of the Long Beach Press-Telegram Newspaper 2013 & 2014.

Baja Sonora

Mexican food voted the Best Local Mexican Restaurants in Long Beach by the Readers of the Long Beach Press-Telegram Newspaper 2013 & 2014.

Gay Pride Festival

Held every May, the Festival celebrates gay, lesbian, and transgender lifestyles through music, stage performances, and a parade.

St. Mary Medical Center

Pediatric emergency services available. This hospital has an emergency room reservation service. See their website for details.

OTHER   —  +1 562 491-9000 —  1050 Linden Ave

Magnolia and Willow; antique and vintage

A mall of antique and vintage dealers. With a showroom over 2,500 sq. feet and over 20 dealers you are bound to find a treasure.

BUY   —  490 W Willow St

Polly's Bakery Cafe

Local chain known for site-baked pies especially fresh strawberry and ollalieberry in season. Roast turkey and chicken dinners.

Polly's Bakery Cafe

Local chain known for site-baked pies especially fresh strawberry and ollalieberry in season. Roast turkey and chicken dinners.

Long Beach Museum of Art

A small art museum featuring 20th Century art and decorative pieces with a focus on California artists. Take Passport A or D

Jongewaard's Bake-n-Broil

A local secret known for homebaked pies, desserts, soups, and comfort food. Inexpensive (and popular so expect a wait).

Bamboo Teri House

Nice sit-down restaurant with take-out and online ordering. Great teriyaki sauce! Delivery to local businesses only.

Observation Bar

Hand crafted cocktails in the former First-Class Lounge which is lined with Art Deco tables, chairs and decor.

EAT   —  +1 562 499-1740 —  Map

El Dorado Park Golf Club

An 18 hole Ted Robinson, Sr. designed course with challenging water hazards and mature tree lined fairways.

Recreation Park 18 Golf Course

A Billy Bell-designed 18-hole layout with rolling terrain and various types of trees lining the fairways.

Vagabond Inn Long Beach

Free wi-fi and continental breakfast. Pets up to 30 lb allowed for $10/day fee, over 30lb for $15/day.

SLEEP   —  +1 562 435-7621 —  150 Alamitos Ave

Queen Mary

Sleep in one of the Sea Queen's grand first-class staterooms. Non-smoking hotel. Parking is $20/night.

SLEEP   —  1126 Queens Highway

Long Beach Triathlon

A 1/2 mile swim, 11 mile bike ride, 3 mile run race along the oceanfront of Long Beach. September.

DO   —  +1 714 978-1528 —  Map

Long Beach Firefighter's Museum

A collection of historic fire equipment ranging from leather water buckets to a 1965 fire engine.

SEE   —  1445 Peterson Ave

Michael's on Naples

White cloth Italian with award winning wine list, rooftop lounge, brickoven pizzeria next door.

EAT   —  +1 562 439-7080 —  5620 E 2nd St

Magic Lamp Lebanese Mediterranean Grill

Excellent middle eastern food with a great dining atmosphere. Very good dips, lamb and salads.

EAT   —  +1 562 987-3080 —  5020 E 2nd St

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel

High speed wireless for a fee. Smoke free hotel. Pets not allowed. Parking fee of $22/day.

SLEEP   —  +1 562 437-5900 —  111 E Ocean Blvd

The Deli News

Very small place with inexpensive pizza and Italian dishes. Charming and friendly owners.

Los Alamitos Medical Center

This hospital has an emergency room reservation service. See their website for details.

Lakewood Regional Medical Center

This hospital has an emergency room reservation service. See their website for details.

Residence Inn Long Beach

Smoke free hotel. Pets allowed with $100 non-refundable fee. Complimentary Wireless.

SLEEP   —  +1 562 595-0909 —  4111 E Willow St

Hole Mole

Also at 1327 E 4th St and 5209 E Pacific Coast Hwy. Fish Tacos, breakfast burritos.

Best Western of Long Beach

AAA-2 Diamond rating. Complimentary continental breakfast, pool. No pets allowed.

El Dorado Park West

Free to the public portion of El Dorado with Youth Recreation and Senior Center.

Long Beach Sea Festival

A summer long series of events, many of them free, held throughout the city.

DO   —  Map

Long Beach Marriott

Smoke free hotel. Fee for high speed Internet access. Pets not allowed.

Yard House Long Beach

Chain restaurant with extensive menu and large selection of draft beer.

Parkers' Lighthouse

Contemporary seafood restaurant with shoreline view of the Queen Mary.

The Breakfast Club of Long Beach

Relaxed, causal-style restaurant serving American and Korean items.

El Dorado East Regional Park

Very large recreation park with bike paths, playgrounds, and ponds.

Hilton Long Beach

Outdoor heated pool. Pets are allowed. Complimentary health club.

SLEEP   —  +1 562 983-3400 —  701 W Ocean Blvd

Ecco's Pizzeria

Small place with great pizza and Italian dishes. Locals favorite.

Belmont Car Show

The largest one-day car show on the West Coast. Held in September

DO   —  Map

Long Beach Memorial Hospital

Pediatric emergency services available. Parking is $5/day.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

Microbrewery known for their in-house beers and root beer.

EAT   —  +1 562 308-2255 —  1 Pine Ave

Long Beach International Marathon

Scenic marathon along the shores of Long Beach. October.

DO   —  +1 562 728-8829 —  Map

Long Beach Cafe

Diner, offers burgers, omelets, meatloaf, Greek food.

Legend Seafood Restaurant

Cambodian restaurant with lots of other varieties.

Heartwell Golf Course

18-Hole Par 3 course designed by William F. Bell.

Gladstone's Long Beach

Seafood dining along the Long Beach waterfront.

Rancho Los Alamitos Museum

Museum of the old Bixby Farmhouse and gardens.

Sophy's Thai & Cambodian

Small place with Thai and Cambodian dishes.

Motel 6 Los Angeles - Long Beach

Wi-fi available for a fee. Pets allowed.

SLEEP   —  +1 562 597-1311 —  5665 E 7th St

Haute Dog Easter Parade

Annual Parade featuring dogs in costume.

DO   —  Map

Ahimsa Vegan Cafe

Ahimsa is a vegan/vegetarian/raw cafe

EAT   —  +1 562 435-7113 —  340 E 4th St

Tokyo Wako Long Beach

Japanese steak house and sushi.

Grecian Festival

Greek food and entertainment.

DO   —  +1 562 494-8929 —  Map

Recreation Park 9 Golf Course

A nine-hole executive course.

Chelsea Chowder House & Bar

Seafood specialties

EAT   —  +1 562 499-1685 —  Map

Legends Sports Bar

Check out the ribs

DRINK   —  +1 562 433-5743 —  5236 E 2nd St

Taco Surf

Bar and taqueria.

Promenade Cafe

American cuisine

EAT   —  +1 562 499-1600 —  Map

About Long Beach

Long Beach is a large coastal and port city in Southern California. It is situated at the very southeastern edge of Los Angeles County, bordering both the city of Los Angeles and Orange County, in a region known as the Gateway Cities.

Long Beach is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in America. It has large percentages of Latinos and whites (non-Hispanic), as well as very sizeable percentages of blacks (non-Hispanic) and Asians. As a whole, the city tends to have a more East-Coast/Midwest vibe when compared to the rest of the coastal California cities, so people from those regions of the country may find themselves a little more at home in Long Beach.

You may hear different people say different things about Long Beach, either wonderful or horrible things. This is because the city has quite a large population, with a density rate greater than that of nearby Los Angeles. Therefore, like other large cities, Long Beach encompasses everything, such as large industrial areas, struggling neighborhoods, quiet middle-class communities and exclusive neighborhoods.

Long Beach has some nice people-gathering amenities and genuine tourist attractions, such as a world-class aquarium and the Queen Mary floating museum/hotel. Special events are also held in the city like the annual Long Beach Grand Prix (a premier racing event held on city streets) and the annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride event. When compared to other areas like Hollywood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and West L.A., Long Beach may not always be at the top of someone's tourist visit to the Los Angeles area, but the city draws its fair share of visitors and has proven it can definitely hold its own.

The area code for Long Beach is 562. For emergency services, dial 911 from any phone.

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