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Long BeachUnited States of America

Take the kids for a swim in the ocean, pet sharks at the aquarium and explore museums and galleries in this laid-back beach city on California’s Pacific Coast.

Long Beach is a seaside city in California known for its scenic ports and family-friendly beaches. Visit the enormous aquarium, which is home to thousands of species and offers interactive activities. Other popular activities include romantic strolls along the beach, visits to the eclectic shopping areas and trips to museums and cultural centers.

Take the family to the famous Aquarium of the Pacific in Rainbow Harbor on the south coast of the city. It covers an area of 5 acres (2 hectares) and houses 11,000 creatures, including fish, penguins and sea lions. See the Shark Lagoon, which features several types of sharks and rays. If you are feeling brave, pet sharks in the purpose-built tank.

Cycle along the paths near the port for an excellent view of the ocean. The city is home to sandy beaches along the Pacific Coast. The water here is generally very calm so it’s ideal for families with small children.

Go shopping for hats, trinkets and candy in the eccentric stores in Shoreline Village. Take the kids for a ride on the carousel in the playground area. Enjoy a romantic stroll along Rainbow Harbor and Marina as the sun goes down. After nightfall, colorful lights from yachts, restaurants and hotels light up the area.

For some culture, head to Long Beach Performing Arts Center and watch a musical or an opera. Explore the exhibitions at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The museum is housed in a historic mansion on the top of a scenic bluff overlooking the ocean. Explore boutiques and galleries at the East Village Arts District and tour the Museum of Latin American Art.

Long Beach is located about 24 miles (38.6 kilometers) south of downtown Los Angeles. A taxi journey should take around 45 minutes or you can take the LA Metro. While you are in Long Beach, take a cruise to beautiful Catalina Island.

Where to stay in Long Beach

Long Beach which includes general coastal views and cruising

Harbor

4/5Very Good!(2,347 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Harbor, check out sights like Aquarium of the Pacific or RMS Queen Mary and hop on the metro to see more the city at Willow Street Station or Pacific Coast Highway Station.

Harbor
Long Beach which includes general coastal views and cruising

Downtown Long Beach

4/5Very Good!(949 area reviews)

City Place Shopping Center and One World Trade Center are top sights in Downtown Long Beach, and you should be sure to explore the stunning beaches. Hop aboard the metro at 1st Street Station or Pacific Avenue Station to see more sights in the area.

Downtown Long Beach
Belmont Shore, Long Beach, California, United States of America

Belmont Shore

4/5Very Good!(41 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Belmont Shore. You might want to make time for a stop at Rosie's Dog Beach or Alamitos Bay Beach.

Belmont Shore
Beauty Period !

#relax

Alamitos Beach

While visiting Alamitos Beach, you might make a stop by sights like 4th Street Retro Row and City Beach.

Alamitos Beach
Long Beach which includes general coastal views and cruising

East Village

When in East Village and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like Aquarium of the Pacific or Shoreline Village and hop on the metro to see more the city at 5th Street Station or 1st Street Station.

East Village
A part of the roadhouse feast dinner. Appetizer platter with fried green tomatoes, fried okra and sweet potato fries followed by smoked meats, sides and peach cobbler.

Bixby Knolls

Bixby Knolls might not have many top sights, but Crystal Casino and Museum of Latin American Art are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Bixby Knolls

Top Hotels in Long Beach

Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown
3 out of 5
500 E 1st St, Long Beach, CA
The price is ¥14,555 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located in Downtown Long Beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 4th Street Retro Row and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Aquarium of ...

4.1/5Very Good! (974 reviews)

"Very clean, nice room, would recommend or stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown
The Westin Long Beach
The Westin Long Beach
4 out of 5
333 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA
The price is ¥15,184 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7

Located in Downtown Long Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Pike at Rainbow Harbor, and City Place ...

4.2/5Very Good! (965 reviews)

"I felt safe. Just needed to see staff more involved cleaning tables after being used."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

The Westin Long Beach
Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
4 out of 5
700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA
The price is ¥20,418 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located in Harbor, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of RMS Queen Mary and Aquarium of the Pacific. Long Beach Cruise Terminal and Long Beach Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (953 reviews)

"Overall beautiful property , nice pool area and slot of beach vibes"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Long Beach

The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center
The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center
3 out of 5
149 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA
The price is ¥11,234 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

Located in Downtown Long Beach, this historic aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of 4th Street Retro Row and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (427 reviews)

"Quaint and in a great location. They need to include parking in the stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center
Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
3.5 out of 5
316 E Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA
The price is ¥23,560 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Located in Harbor, this beach houseboat is within a 5-minute walk of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Aquarium of the Pacific. RMS Queen Mary ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (46 reviews)

"Awesome experience. Boat was clean and confortable. Staff was super friendly and helpful. We will be back."…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
Third Street Apartments
Third Street Apartments
3 out of 5
409 West 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA

Located in Downtown Long Beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of One World Trade Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Long Beach Convention ...

3.9/5Very Good! (16 reviews)
You'll love this place too!

"Great place to stay. Tasteful decor and very comfortable. Everything you could need to stay a week or even a month."…"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2020

Third Street Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Long Beach

Aquarium of the Pacific
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Aquarium of the Pacific

4.5/5(703 reviews)

Immerse yourself in the world under the sea and come nose to nose with sharks, eels and the giant Pacific octopus.

California State University Long Beach
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California State University Long Beach

4/5(1,277 reviews)

Explore the campus of California State University Long Beach, a top college in Long Beach. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches or attend a sporting event.

RMS Queen Mary
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RMS Queen Mary

4/5(838 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at RMS Queen Mary, a favorite museum in Long Beach. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed art scene in this walkable area.

Shoreline Village
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Shoreline Village

4.5/5(284 reviews)

With a visit to Shoreline Village, a popular shopping spot in Long Beach, you can browse for souvenirs. Experience the acclaimed art scene or attend a sporting event in this walkable area.

4th Street Retro Row
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4th Street Retro Row

During your trip to Long Beach, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at 4th Street Retro Row. Amble around the area's beaches or experience its live music.

Pike at Rainbow Harbor
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Pike at Rainbow Harbor

4.5/5(82 reviews)

You can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Pike at Rainbow Harbor during your visit to Long Beach. Attend a sporting event or visit the must-see aquarium in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Long Beach

RMS Queen Mary Tickets and Self-Guided Tour
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RMS Queen Mary Tickets and Self-Guided Tour

¥3,270
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Venice Tour
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Full-Day Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Venice Tour

¥13,782
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Shared Shuttle & Ferry: Los Angeles to Catalina Island
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Shared Shuttle & Ferry: Los Angeles to Catalina Island

¥19,410
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Aquarium of the Pacific Admission plus 45 min Harbor Tour
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Aquarium of the Pacific Admission plus 45 min Harbor Tour

¥3,554
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Los Angeles & Hollywood Tours From Cruise Terminals
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Los Angeles & Hollywood Tours From Cruise Terminals

¥15,918
Per adult
Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon
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Catalina Express Round-Trip Ferry Service: Long Beach or San Pedro to Avalon

¥7,959
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Long Beach

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Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Long Beach is my home town so beautiful the whether is always nice and Long Beach hace everything guys if you really want tasty tacos find SAVAGE TACOS !!!!

5/5 - Excellent

NIKFEEZY

Jun 1, 2020

I love Long Beach and have been living here since 1987.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

A great place to visit... Will do it again soon

1/5 - Terrible

Fred

May 10, 2020

Full of homeless and dirty streets

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 3, 2020

I'm a big fan of Long Beach's gritty urban realness. It makes the SoCal experience more comprehensive and complete.

4/5 - Good

Jen

Apr 20, 2020

There’s lots to do in LB when there isn’t a mandatory closure.

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