Things to Do in Long Beach
In this giant playground, everything seems to revolve around its seaside breezes, fun beaches and sunny days. First things first, check out the beaches. Alamitos Beach is the closest waterfront to downtown, and you can walk, bike or pedal kart there from Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor. Junipero Beach has a bluff and free daily outdoor yoga classes in the park. Other crowd favorites include Belmont Shore Beach, Granada Beach and Peninsula Bayside.
Beyond the shores, explore Naples Island, built on three islands in Alamitos Bay, where you'll find pretty streets, boutique shops and canals. Families love the deep sea adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific, packed with 11,000 animal exhibits, a 4-D film experience and lots of opportunities for up-close encounters with marine life. If you want to get your bearings in the neighborhood, you can even opt for the aquarium's Harbor Tours.
More than 1.5 million visitors per year check out the historic Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner that once sailed the North Atlantic Ocean during World War II. The ship, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, now serves as a tourist attraction, featuring restaurants and a museum. Looking for some scandalous fun? The Dinner Detective Mystery Dinner Show & Cruise is the largest murder mystery dinner show production in the U.S.