L.B.- An Art City
The art of L.B.
Perhaps the most vibrant, artistic part of the city is the street art. On downtown sidewalks there are eye-catching "boxes" (that may cover street meters?) with brightly drawn figures like this one below. I miss the brightness of the town whenever I am away !
Awesome looking ship at sea.
Just to be at the beach itself is a site to be whole. In this area it has ships and boats in the bay, islands in the distance, marine aquarium with fish life all around. Just the relax atmosphere of the area, smell of the salt water, sand between your toes, sound of the waves at high tide, mmmmm...it was the life, then I woke up and had to pack and head back to Page America.
ensure that you get a great...
ensure that you get a great tour guide - be it a professional guide or a pseudo-guide (read: your clueless friends... Oops!). There are so many sites and attractions to discover in Long Beach that without a good car and your friends to drive you around, you will really need the professional help of a good tour guide. I mean it. Otherwise, you'd end up like me - visiting all the supermarkets... and other non-touristy sites because my friend (a Long Beach resident) is as clueless as me! I'd get killed for writing this if my friend reads this page. All in good jest.... All in good jest, D.
Anyway, should you need professional help (and I don't mean a psychiatrist!), do check out some of the tour companies that I've listed below to help you with your pre-trip planning:
Long Beach Heritage
P.O. Box 92521 Long Beach, 90808-2521. 562/493-7019.
Long Beach Heritage, a nonprofit cultural heritage group, offers regularly scheduled and 'custom-made' walking tours of historic and architectural Downtown Long Beach.
For more info and reservations, please call: 562/493-7019.
Santa Catalina Island Company/Discovery Tours
Discovery Tour Center, Crescent Ave., (across from Pleasure Pier).
P.O. Box 737, Avalon 90704. 310/510-2500, 800/428-2566; fax 310/510-7254.
Discover Catalina Island by land and sea... and experience the company's rugged Inland Motor Tour, exclusive Casino Tour, extraordinary Glass Bottom Boat Trip (day and night) and more.
May through October - even includes romantic dinner cruises and the world’s only Flying Fish Trip! The new Starlight, a semi-submersible vessel , is not just a tour, it’s an undersea experience!
Hey, how come I never get to try this out, D? :-(
4225 Donald Douglas Drive., #103, Long Beach 90808. 562/497-0390 or fax at 562/497-0392.
Take a helicopter flight over the City of Angels. Exclusive helicopter tours from Long Beach Airport to above Disneyland, Beaches.... They also have Long Beach Harbor Tours and Los Angeles Tours.... Cool.
See Dogs on Parade during Howl'oween!
So, here's one for the travelling dog lover. Come to the world's largest dog Halloween parade, happening annually in dogged-crazed Belmont Shore. Although a gripe could be justifiably raised whether Rover really wants to be clad in a clingy and corny costume, the 12 block dogwalk is good for innocent entertainment.
In Livingston Park, hopeful canines and their zealous human companions gather and get ready for their stroll of glory (or shame, depending on how outrageous the costume!). Both are often complement each other in appearance. A good example of what one would see is a little pooch as a pea and the owner as a pod. On the contrast, be leery of a bride and groom pairing. Yikes!
The parade usually happens the weekend before Halloween- that is- if Halloween does not occur on Sat or Sun. Parking can be quite limited for the parade but get available along 2nd St, Livingston Dr, Park and Nieto Ave. Spaces especially along 2nd St get scarce anyway on weekends as it is Main St for shopping and the beach in Belmont Shore.
Livingston Park- 4900 E. Livingston Drive
Beach, Jogging and Kite Flying at Bluff Park
There is a really nice park and stretch of beach along Ocean Blvd.
Bluff park is a stretch of grass with benches and telescopes right next to the strand.
There are people jogging and biking through the bike path all the time.
You can watch the cruise ships come in. There are man made islands off shore that have an Action/Fantasy feel to them (but i've been told they just burn stuff there).
If you like to fly kites or model airplanes, this is a great place. The bluff and the inland winds create high pressure zones making the park a popular site for those type of enthusiasts.
My sister and brother-in-law take walks and jog here. But there is a good concetration of good looking female joggers here, so I wouldn't bring a date(just kidding).
Parking can be difficult in that area.