Long Beach Attractions
If you’re looking for the best entertainment in sunny Southern California, then you’ll want to make sure to spend a few days enjoying Long Beach attractions. Nestled along the California coast between Orange County and Los Angeles, Long Beach is a hub for outdoor fun, culture and nightlife for travelers and locals alike.
Many Long Beach attractions are centered on social events, getting outdoors, and making the most of every day. The city offers water sports, high-energy entertainment and many annual festivals, along with an eclectic variety of shopping centers, restaurants, and attractions.
There are too many Long Beach attractions to see in a single visit. However, you can easily choose a theme and create a whole weekend around it!
History buffs will love the Queen Mary ghosts and legends tour. Then, spend some time strolling the Rancho Los Cerritos historic garden learning about life in the 1800s. Long Beach has a rich architectural history, too. Take a drive around town through Craftsman neighborhoods, or join a Downtown walking tour to learn about the Art Deco buildings from the early 20th century.
If you’re here with the family there are many things to do with children in Long Beach. Start off with a Rubber Duck Tour for a view of Long Beach from land and sea. Next, the Long Beach Aquarium is a must-see. In addition to seals, turtles and a two-story tank, the aquarium has several hands-on exhibits where kids can reach in and touch the sea-life.
Attractions for Shoppers
Shoppers can spend an afternoon exploring the boutique shopping centers in Belmont Shore and 4th Street’s Retro Row. The Marketplace offers an outdoor courtyard lined with upscale shops. Shoreline Village has fun for the whole family with specialty shops, outdoor vendors, restaurants and even the American Melodrama Theatre.
Arts & Culture
In addition to its many attractions, Long Beach has a thriving arts and culture scene.
Plan an afternoon in the hip East Village Arts District where you’ll find coffeehouses and independent art galleries. Go on Saturday to see the Farmer’s Market or the Second Saturdays Art Walk. The Museum of Latin American Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art are both open all week. There’s always something good on stage when you visit a Long Beach theater. See a live show with tickets from Musical Theatre West, the LB Playhouse, the Found Theatre or the Terrace Theatre.
After a full day of Long Beach Attractions
Finally, after a busy day of visiting Long Beach attractions, sit down and relax with a fine meal at one the city’s beach-side restaurants at The Pike. Follow your meal with a ride on the Ferris Wheel looking over the downtown lights.