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Things to do in Long Beach

Things to Do in the Downtown/Shoreline Area


Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction

Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction

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Museum of Latin American Art

Museum of Latin American Art

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Alamitos Beach in Long Beach

Alamitos Beach in Long Beach

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The Queen Mary is an ocean liner turned hotel and tourist attraction which offers a variety of tours as well as restaurants and nightlife. the Russian foxtrot submarine Scorpion is also docked with the Queen Mary.
Queen Mary Visitors Guide
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The Aquarium of the Pacific has over 12,000 pacific coast creatures from penguins, puffins and sea lions to a shark petting tank and a popular lorikeet forest where you can feed the colorful birds.
Aqiuarium of the Pacific Visitors Guide

Long Beach Beaches offer a variety of activities from biking, skating or walking along the paved beach path to taking kiteboarding lessons. The entire four miles of ocean-facing beaches in Long Beach are sheltered by a breakwater, so there are no surfing waves, which makes tham popular for families with kids and people who can't swim.
Guide to Long Beach Beaches
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Shoreline Village is a boardwalk area with funky shops, souvenirs, restaurants and bars along Shoreline Marina. There is a carrousel, an arcade and bike, pedal cart and skate rentals you can take out on the beach path. You can also rent power boats, Jet Skis, electric boats, kayaks and sailboats from the marina. Live music on summer weekends.

Museum of Latin American Art has an outstanding collection of contemporary paintings and sculptures by Latin American artists, including a Sculpture Garden in the interior courtyard.
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Boat Tours - Harbor Cruises, Whale Watching, Dolphin, Marine Life and Ecotourism Cruises are offered by several companies.
Guide to LA Boat Tours
Guide to Whale Watching in Southern California
Whale Watching Photos

Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner aboard the authentic paddlewheel riverboat Grand Romance at Rainbow Harbor near the Aquarium.

The Tall Ship American Pride offers whale watching, educational trips and Catalina Island excursions from Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach. The tall ship Tole Mour also spends a lot of time nearby in Rainbow Harbor. She doesn't offer as many public tours or sailings, but she's beautiful to look at when she's in port.
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Catalina Express - runs ferry service from Long Beach and San Pedro to Catalina Island
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The Pike at Rainbow Harbor is a dining and entertainment complex across from Rainbow Harbor and the Long Beach Convention Center. You'll find the Long Beach Laugh Factory; Sargent Pepper's Dueling Piano Bar; KDB restaurant, bar, bowling alley and game room; a movie theatre; a historic carousel and giant Ferris wheel in addition to a bunch of restaurants and a few shops.
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Long Beach Performing Arts Center at the Long Beach Convention Center includes the Terrace Theater, which hosts traveling Broadway musicals, concerts - including major children's productions - and other random stage performances, and the Center Theatre, home to the award winning International City Theatre.
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Long Beach Arena is the round building with the Wyland whale mural Planet Ocean that looks like it should be the Aquarium. It hosts major concerts, sporting events and expos.
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Pine Avenue is the hub of Downtown Long Beach dining and nightlife with a plethora of mostly independent casual and fine dining restaurants, live music venues and nightclubs. At Broadway and at 3rd Street the entertainment and nightlife options expand east a block to more recent additions on the Promenade pedestrian zone. Pine Avenue hosts numerous special events and festivals throughout the year from the Thunder Thursday opening of the Long Beach Grand Prix in April to the Taste of Downtown food festival and summer music events.
Pine Avenue Dining Directory
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The East Village Arts District is an area of shops, galleries and cafes centered around Broadway and Linden in Downtown Long Beach. It's a great place to enjoy a cozy cup of coffee at any of the independent East Village cafes. The block of Linden between 1st and Broadway is closed off the 2nd Saturday of each month for the East Village Art Walk Arts Fair featuring multiple art vendors, multiple gallery openings and live music locations.

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