What are the best things to do in Long Beach? This is a question that I get asked often, so I thought it would be fun to share my favorites with you. Long Beach is an amazing city that has many different amenities and opportunities for tourists and locals alike. Whether you’re looking for some family-friendly activities or something more exciting, Long Beach has got you covered. Read on below for the top 16 best things to do in Long Beach.
- Get lost at The Pike: This shopping center offers both high end stores with real texas drivers license and bargain shops like Ross Dress For Less, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Ross Stores. You can also enjoy live entertainment (including comedy shows), movie screenings (in theaters), food trucks and Long Beach’s largest weekly farmer market.
- The Pike Long Beach is a must for anyone visiting Long Beach. I love going to the Farmer Market on Saturdays and checking out all of the different vendors selling handmade goods, fresh produce, flowers and more. There are also tons of restaurants that offer outdoor seating where you can people watch while enjoying your meal.
- Visit the Long Beach Aquarium: If you’re looking to learn more about Long Beach then be sure to visit this aquarium where you can see all kinds of sea life including jellyfish, octopus and stingrays. The best part is that it’s located right on the water so not only will you see some cute sea creatures, but also Long Beach’s famous Long Beach skyline.
- Long Beach Aquarium: Go to Long Beach’s amazing beaches: Long Beach has several different beautiful beaches where you can go swimming, surfing and kayaking. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing then check out Mother’s Beach or Rainbow Harbor where there are plenty of chairs and palm trees perfect for reading a book.
– Long Beach Mother’s Beach
– Long Beach Rainbow Harbor
Take a walk or bike ride through Shoreline Village: This cute little village is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll or bike ride. It’s located right on Long Beach’s waterfront and includes many different shops and restaurants, as well as beautiful views of the harbor and city skyline.
– Shoreline Village
Check out Long Beach’s art scene: Long Beach is home to a thriving and eclectic art scene with galleries and studios located all over the city. My favorite spots are The Arts District, Retro Row and North Pinellas Avenue. If you’re interested in checking out some of Long Beach’s best artwork, then be sure to visit one (or all) of these districts.
– Long Beach Arts District
– Retro Row, Long Beach
– North Pinellas Avenue, Long Beach
Take a stroll down the Queen Mary: This famous ocean liner is now permanently docked in Long Beach and open for tours. You can learn about the ship’s history, explore the different decks and even have a meal in one of the restaurants.
– The Queen Mary
Visit Long Beach’s many different parks: From El Dorado Park to Marine Stadium Park, Long Beach has an abundance of beautiful parks perfect for a picnic lunch or afternoon stroll. My personal favorite is Bluff Park where you can enjoy Long Beach’s skyline while playing a game of volleyball.
– Long Beach Bluff Park
– Long beach El Dorado Park North
Go shopping at one (or all) of Long Beach’s amazing boutique shops: If you’re looking to add some cute pieces to your wardrobe, then be sure to check out Long Beach’s downtown fashion district. This area is home to Long Beach’s chicest shops and includes everything from designer clothing stores to trendy boutiques.
– Long Beach Fashion District
– Long beach Millers Outpost
Visit the Long Beach Museum of Art: Housed in a beautiful historic building, this museum offers rotating exhibits featuring local artists’ work as well as a permanent collection of California and American art.