Long Beach Travel Guide 2021

2021 Long Beach Vacation Guide

Long Beach is a popular destination exploding with impeccable services. Long Beach also offers an array of fine restaurants, luxurious hotels, museums, and a repertoire of shops and boutiques. Long Beach provides a great location for leisure as well as the business traveler due to its location in southern Los Angeles. While you are here you will want to take in some of the unique attractions and activities.

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Long Beach has some unique attractions which the whole family can enjoy. One of the nation’s best aquariums is on ling beach along with museums, art galleries, beaches, and plenty of outdoor recreation. Long Beach is so diverse it has something for everyone. So whether you plan to stay for a day or a week we are certain you will find enough to make your stay fulfilling.

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Whether you’re on a budget or not, you should be able to find affordable accommodations in Long Beach at any time of the year. All About Long Beach’s online reservations system offers many hotels & resorts to choose from with discounted rates. You can view individual hotel web pages with pictures and information. Check rates, availability and make secure online reservations. All About Long Beach also offers the guaranteed lowest rates on car rentals anywhere in the city from all of the major car rental companies like Budget, Alamo, Hertz, National, Enterprise & Thrifty. Our online services are easy to use and very secure. We provide quality service to all of our customers. Look to the left for information about nearby cities such as Los Angeles and Anaheim.

While visiting Long Beach you’ll never go hungry for quality food or shopping. Long Beach offers lots of great restaurants that will please anyone’s appetite. You can eat everything from seafood to sushi and do it with a fantastic ocean view. Restaurants serving Italian, French, American, and Seafood can all be found close by. If shopping is what you are looking for you are in luck. Long Beach has everything from your department store chain to local gift shops. Shopping here is great for everyday items as well as the special gift items you are looking for. So, while you are here come shopping with the stars!

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What to See & Do in Long Beach

Long Beach has the advantage of being so close to Los Angeles and many Southern California attractions and activities it makes for a great place to stay. Even though many of the world-famous attractions are in and about Los Angeles, Long Beach has a few of its own. One of the nation’s best aquariums, Venetian Gondola Rides and The Queen Mary are all here for you to enjoy. Below we have highlighted some of the things to see and do while you visit Long Beach. If you need help with your hotel and car rental needs please use the links to the left and be guided through our secure, hassle-free online reservations service.
Attractions & Activities

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Garden includes a spectacular koi pond, waterfalls, tea house, and bonsai collection. Hosting special events, group tours and garden rental. Open Tuesday – Friday 8 a.m. -3:30 p.m., Sunday Noon to 4:00 p.m. (562) 985-8885

Gondola Gateway

Established in 1982, the Gondola Getaway is the gondola company that was first to offer Venetian style gondola cruises in the United States. Many have come on board since our beginning. Please visit us to enjoy a relaxing cruise around the canals of Naples in the city of Long Beach, California. Sit back, sip on a cool beverage and let our gondoliers row you and your guests back in time. Phone (562) 433-9595

The Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the largest aquariums in the United States! Its 550 species fill 17 major living habitats, 30 smaller exhibits and take visitors on a journey throughout the Pacific Ocean’s three regions: Southern California/Baja; the Tropical Pacific and the Northern Pacific. Visitors to the Aquarium can also take advantage of the surrounding Long Beach area. Located only minutes from trendy Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach, the Long Beach Convention Center, the Queen Mary, Belmont Shore (Long Beach’s charming Beach community), and hotels, tourists will find the Aquarium convenient to anywhere in Long Beach they wish to visit. The Aquarium also anchors the upcoming Queensway Bay (the largest waterfront development in California history). Queensway Bay will transform the downtown Long Beach skyline with a 2,000-foot seawall, two-level public esplanade, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. (562) 590-3100

Pilgrim of Newport

Experience history on a replica from the 18th Century. Help raise sails and steer the ship as it sails alongside dolphins and whales. Public and private voyages or educational expeditions to Catalina. (949) 496-2274

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains one of the most famous ships in history. For directions, click here. The Queen Mary features 365 hotel staterooms, an elaborate Champagne Sunday Brunch, award-winning restaurants, a wedding chapel and 18 Art Deco reception salons for private celebrations, and exciting tours. (562) 435-3511

Long Beach Visitors Guide

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Where to Eat in Long Beach

Hungry? Long Beach has plenty to offer, ranging from seafood to steaks and from Chinese to Mexican. Make no mistake Long Beach has more to offer than just dinner. Look for great restaurants serving outstanding breakfasts, great lunches as well as savory dinners.

Where to Stay in Long Beach

Long Beach offers hotels, resorts, motels, and inns for almost any budget. Whether you need a room downtown, by the beach or just a little closer to Los Angeles and Hollywood, the selection is enormous. By clicking on the link below, you can view a variety of accommodations in the Long Beach area.

Golf Courses in the Long Beach Area

Looking for a game of golf? Sunny Long Beach has some great courses for your game. While the climate remains moderate all year round Long Beach golf ranges from driving ranges to public & resort courses. After a day at many of Long Beach’s activities and attractions, you may wish to relax the next day with a game of golf in a serene setting. Look below for a highlight of what the Long Beach area has to offer!

Name City Holes Green Fees
Cypress Golf Club
(714) 527-1800
Los Alamitos, CA 18 Call For Rates
Meadowlark Golf Course
(714) 846-1364
Huntington Beach, CA 18 Call For Rates
Ocean Trails Golf Club
(310) 265-5525
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 18 Call For Rates
Anaheim Hills
(714) 998-3041
Anaheim, CA 18 $30 – $32
(Cart Included)
Catalina Island Golf Club
(310) 510-0530
Avalon, CA 18 $23 – $63.
El Rivino Country Club
(909) 684-8905
Riverside, CA 18 $18. – $55.
Los Angeles “Dad Miller” Golf Club
(714) 748-8900
Los Angeles, CA 18 $20 – $26
Los Angeles Hills Golf Club
(714) 998-3041
Los Angeles, CA 18 $34 – $40
(Cart Included)
Big Canyon Golf Club
(949) 644-5404
Newport Beach, CA 18 $75
Griffith Park Golf Course
(213) 664-2255
Los Angeles, CA 18 $18. – $43.
Los Robles Golf Course
(805) 495-6171
Thousand Oaks, CA 18 $22. – $47
Candlewood Country Club
(562) 941-1228
Wittier, CA 18 $45 – $55
Casta Del Sol Golf Club
(949) 581-0940
Mission Viejo, CA 18 $17 – $25
Costa Mesa Golf & CC
(714) 540-7500
Costa Mesa, CA 18 $18 – $33
El Toro Marine Memorial
(949) 726-2577
Irvine, CA 18 $15 – $32

Museums in Long Beach

Long Beach’s museums are as eclectic as it is. The city’s art exhibit spaces take you back in time to view the beginnings of modern aviation; illustrate the cultural roots and growth of the beach city, and bring you face to face with the contemporary art scene. Below we have highlighted some of the more popular museums to visit. Please use the links to the left for your hotel and car rental needs.
Museums

The Autry

The Autry is devoted to preserving and interpreting the rich history and traditions of the American West. With one of the most comprehensive collections of western history and art, its seven permanent galleries and special exhibitions offer material gathered from the many cultures and events that have shaped the legacy of this vast region. Phone: (323) 667-2000

The Long Beach Museum of Art

The Long Beach Museum of Art is located on a magnificent bluff site overlooking Long Beach Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The campus includes the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house (built in 1912), a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions, and oceanfront gardens. The historic buildings are home to administrative offices, the Museum Store and Museum Café. The Museum, established in 1950, is an accredited institution operated by the Long Beach Museum of Art Foundation. The Museum’s permanent collection is made up of about 5000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts (furnishings and accessories). Particular strengths of the collection lie in the past 300 years of American decorative arts, early 20th-century European art, California Modernism, and contemporary art, including approximately 3000 artists’ videos. In addition to changing exhibitions, the Museum offers extensive educational programs for children and adults. Over the next three years, approximately 50,000 children from the Long Beach Unified School District will participate in programs at the Museum. Phone: (310) 548-7777

Museum of Latin American Art

Only museum in the Western United States to exclusively feature contemporary art from Latin America. Gift store, VIVA (a Latin American Cuisine restaurant), and a neighboring Oceanic Art Museum. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Phone: (562) 437-1689

Rancho Los Cerritos

– evolved from cattle ranch to sheep ranch to private home before becoming a City museum in 1955. The current 4.7-acre site, a National and State Historic Landmark, includes an 1844 two-story Monterey-Colonial adobe and historic gardens, houses a California History Research Library and hosts many educational programs for families and youth. You are encouraged to visit. The Rancho is closed on Monday, Tuesday and all City holidays. Phone: (562) 570-1755