Long Beach Travel Guide

  • The Queen Mary
    The Queen Mary
    by Jim_Eliason
  • View of Downtown from the Aqualink Ferry
    View of Downtown from the Aqualink Ferry
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  • Long Beach
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Long Beach Things to Do

  • Queen Mary

    4 out of 5 stars

    I am sure eveyone has heard the Queen Mary is one of the most haunted places in the U.S. Whether you believe in this sort of events or not, it is still fun to explore the ship especially down in the engine & exhibit rooms where most folks don't like to explore. They have tours available that takes you to places that most do not get to see. Yet,...

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  • Shoreline Village

    4 out of 5 stars

    This photo of me and Jenn was sent from Nancy, "Goner" (The Flash on my camera is broken so I don't have my own photos) and this one symbolically represents my old memories of Long Beach and the new, vivacious place that it is now. Especially don't miss the harbor and marina areas.

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  • Aquarium of the Pacific

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I've been to the aquarium three times so far. I've enjoy going every time. It's not so big that you have to spend the entire day. Some of the attractions are great like the shark exhibit, the sting ray touch exhibit and this last time you could touch jellyfish. Very close by are some pretty good restaurants to eat at. You can use your Auto Club...

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Long Beach Restaurants

  • Queen Mary Dining Room

    4 out of 5 stars

    In an attempt to do something different and original in celebration of my girlfriends' birthdays, I took 'em out to a champagne brunch at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Having done all my research on the web, I was given the impression by other reviewers that the QM brunch would be "fantastic". However, it wasn't all that. The food was just ok and...

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  • Yard House

    4 out of 5 stars

    This place was packed inside and out. A very popular place with locals and tourist. The views of the inner harbor is pretty nice. It was a beautiful day to sit outside on the patio and just people watch. I tried one of Lagers, cannot remember which one though, but it had a good flavor. Glad I tried it out:)!

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  • The Crab Pot Restaurant & Bar

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I ordered the halibut fish and chips and a cup of chowder . I am a fisherman the Halibut fish and chips were cod and very mushy cod at that,and the chowder did not have any clams . I spent $30.00 for this and felt totally ripped Off . The fish and chips were Ready In 5 min after ordering . Wow totally disappointed and will never eat their again...

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Long Beach Nightlife

  • Club Cohiba

    HORRIBLE crowd ,Bad security ,dirty and expensive place you will expect some kind of safety for the cover charge you pay DO NOT GO just turn and leave before you have one of the worst nights ever. You dont need to go ,so you dont need a dress code

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  • The Blue Cafe

    Every Last Tuesday - Tribute Tuesdays * Every Last Wednesday - Live Comedy Night * Every 3rd Thursday - Almost Acoustic Jam * Every First Saturday - Sambala (Blue Room) * Every Saturday - Luke & The Locomotives (12:00-5:00) * Every Saturday - The Last Mile (5:30 - 7:30) * Every Sunday - Mama’s Boys (1:30) * Every Sunday at The Blue Room - Big...

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  • Observation Bar on the Queen Mary

    The Observation Bar is a blast from the past. The Art Deco Longe is still elegant and fun. They have an outside patio area with awesome views of the harbor, ocean, and the bow of the Queen Mary. They regularly have live music and entertainment.

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Long Beach Transportation

  • AquaBus

    I still can't believe a one way ticket on the Aqualink only costs $1! What a deal for tourists! the same route by traditional taxi would easily cost $12. The Aqualink has one circular route which runs from Alamitos Bay(where all 3 restaraunts I reviewed are) to Rainbow Harbor and then the Catalina Island Terminal. Passengers can board or exit ant...

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  • By Car

    As with many cities, parking is prime. Long Beach is trying to provide plenty of parking for all visitors. This parking structure was near the Long Beach Aquarium. What was nice that day is they had someone controlling the traffic so people could cross the road safely to the aquarium. Address: 99 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

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  • Parking~

    As with many cities, parking is prime. Long Beach is trying to provide plenty of parking for all visitors. This parking structure was near the Long Beach Aquarium. What was nice that day is they had someone controlling the traffic so people could cross the road safely to the aquarium.Address:99 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

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Long Beach Shopping

  • Arts / Antiques

    Every Second Saturday of every month, the passionate people of LONG BEACH put their talents on display from 6-10pm on the corner of Linden and First Streets (Utopia Restaurant has FINE dining!) There are also various MALLS around LB: Downtown (the newest!), LB Towne Center near the 605 Freeway/Carson Street), and Cerritos Mall (if you're looking...

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  • Markets

    Wild Oats Market is relatively new to the Long Beach area and is the perfect place to stop on the way to the beach to grab unique and healthful picnic items. Wild Oats strives to provide organic foods and the freshest picked fruits and vegetables. The market has a deli and coffee shop on the end perfect for sanwhiches or a latte on the go. Great...

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  • Gems by the Ocean~

    There are many wonderful shops to enjoy at Shoreline Village. I spent a great day strolling along and checking out many of the shops. A very relaxing place to spend a day taking in the beauty of the marina and ocean views.

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Long Beach Local Customs

  • Information / Sources

    Most people, even people who live in Long Beach, do not know what the little islands in the harbor are. They are man made islands that are actually oil drilling platforms. There was a consortium of companies that wanted to drill. They were Texaco, Humble, Union, Mobil, and Shell. They were told by the city fathers that they could not place any ugly...

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  • Art / Music / Shopping

    SHOPPING: Remember to bring along an extra bag in cloth material (like what I always do). :-)) If you're coming from Europe or Asia, buy only the American brand products. They are really, really worth it (read: cheap). Brands like Clinique, Prescriptives, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Anne Klein, Donna Karan, Anna Sui, Estee Lauder etc. are...

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  • People

    People in Long Beach are MUCH more casual and laid back than people in LA and Hollywood. People are not as pretentious and flash their money around (as much). Most people are into the casual and comfortable look with jeans and a nice shirt. Pretty much anything and everything goes in Long Beach. The yuppies hang out in Belmont Shore. The corporate...

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Long Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to Avoid / Crime

    So recently had to move down here from a nicer city due to some family issues a few months ago. I have been in and out of long beach for the past 30 years (due to extended family, and went to school here for a few years, had friends in different parts of Long Beach), so I'm pretty familiar with trends going on in the city. Long Beach has a strong...

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  • North Long Beach in Transition, but...

    So recently had to move down here from a nicer city due to some family issues a few months ago. I have been in and out of long beach for the past 30 years (due to extended family, and went to school here for a few years, had friends in different parts of Long Beach), so I'm pretty familiar with trends going on in the city. Long Beach has a strong...

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  • West Side of L.B. AVOID!

    Living in a beach community should be picture perfect. Not if you reside on the west side of long Beach. Particularly on West 9th Street between Chestnut and Cedar. If you like dog owners who allow their dogs to roam the streets freely, dog poop left in the common areas, chicken bones and other trash lying around, flies, m-80's all year round, drug...

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Long Beach Tourist Traps

  • Beaches

    Dirty Beaches continued... The mouth of San Gabriel River meets with the Pacific Ocean and brings with it trash from 35 miles. I have stumbled upon some rather disgusting items which I will leave to your imagination. Local school children and environmental groups organize beach clean ups but the real problem is farther upstream. Wear shoes in the...

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  • Cost Too High

    ok, I know you need a car in L. A. but the parking prices over there, are too expensive, here at the Queen Mary was 8 dollars!!! So we decided to leave there the car and go to the shoreline by boat (only a dollar per person at the taxi boat)

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  • Realize that the Queen Mary...

    is by far the biggest tourist trap of Long Beach and ain't all what its cracked up to be. Despite the glorious history of the shipliner (and history is something that I rather appreciate), I am not quite in so much awe over the Queen Mary. Many other locals and tourists aren't as much either , as it is struggling with stay afloat (well, really, it...

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Long Beach What to Pack

  • Weather Wise

    Take something with wheels - you might do a little walking from where you parked your car. I can't speak for what it's like except for July - I highly recommend bringing a light jacket for the evenings or long sleave top/sweater.

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  • Expect cool evenings

    You can wear anything you want, everyone else does!Days will be warm but evening you will need a heavy sweater or jacket.You probably won't need a raincoat because it seldom ever rains.

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  • Packing List

    Take something with wheels - you might do a little walking from where you parked your car. I can't speak for what it's like except for July - I highly recommend bringing a light jacket for the evenings or long sleave top/sweater.

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Long Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Day Trip

    Here is the artsy, ecletic part of Long Beach - East Village. Consider this the Greenwich Village, NY of Southern California. Come here if you are attracted to bright colorful architecture, art gallery browsing Bohemian and hippie-ish culture, organic cafes, and unique/avant-garde stuff. The attitude here is definitely open and progressive.

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  • Beaches / Parks

    The good thing about big cities is that they have an official big natural park setting for the public. Park features usually include sporting facilities, bird watching and a man-lake with duckies. El Dorado in L.B. is no exception with the duckies and all...but it is special with many other amenities. Park Features (Eastpark, 7550 E. Spring...

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  • Museums / Tours

    That's right - most cities charge about $20! Check out lbheritage.org for an interesting insight to the 5th largest city in California. 1st and 3rd Saturdays (10am til about 12:30ish) you travel down Pine Ave to Ocean and back up the Promenade, seeing things you would never know existed! On 2nd and 4th Saturday mornings, check out the East Village...

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Long Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • Bike It By and Away from Beach in L.B.

    Long Beach is a big time bike town. The city enthusiastically encourages people to ride their bikes for pleasure and exercise. At the transit mall area in downtown, there is Bikestation, the hub for anything and everything cycling in L.B, and also an architectural highlight of the city. Parking Visitors can rent bikes to get around to key touristic...

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  • Basketball and More Under LB's Cobalt...

    The Pyramid , built in 1994, is a sport and architectural landmark in Long Beach. In this arena, teams from Cal State Long Beach play. If not into sports, think of this place as an museum on the outside and take pictures :-)

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  • Beach, Jogging and Kite Flying at Bluff...

    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...

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Long Beach Favorites

  • Queen Mary

    Located along the walls of the "The Immortal Chaplains" Chapel is a story of how Charles Walter David, Jr., Stewards-Mate First Class sacrifice his life to save others. United States Coast Guard Charles W. David, Jr. served on the United States Coast Guard Cutter Comanche (WPG-76) during World War II. On February 3, 1943, as one of three cutters...

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  • Combined Suggestions

    As anyone knows our favorite thing to do when we travel is to go to the local zoos and aquairums where ever we go. Long Beach has plenty of both to keep you entertained. A nice place to go is to the docks area as this is where the aquairum and the Queen Mary as well as a few other places of interest.

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  • Beaches / Parks

    Of the 36 parks in the city El Dorado is the largest and the closest to my home. The park holds an archery range and even a frisbee-golf course..which is packed with the oddest people. Jogging here with Ethan we stopped to feed the ducks.

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