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101 Things to do in (and around) Long Beach California

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26 ALWAYS something going on - The recently expanded Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center features more than a little bit of everything. The 400,000 sq.ft. complex encompasses three exhibition halls, two theatres, an arena, 34 meeting rooms and a grand ballroom. Trade shows to concerts, conferences to car shows. For event information, check out the marquis at 300 East Ocean Blvd. Or call the box office at 562-436-3636. Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach CA
27 Go back to school? No, just straight to the head of the class. The Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department offers so many classes and special programs for residents, from art to sports, dance, music, computers, fitness, something for everyone, all ages.. For information and upcoming schedules, from the LBPARKS.org home page, click on any of the "classes" links, or call 562-570-3100.  
28 Row Row Row - you know the rest. The Pete Archer Rowing Center is located on the North shore of the Marine Stadium. Home to the California State University Crew, Long Beach Junior Crew and the Long Beach Rowing Association, a community based volunteer organization. LBRA rowers have represented the United States in Olympic and World competitions and the Pan American regattas. The rowing center has an excellent collection of rowing shells for training or racing. Call about membership; 562-438-3352. Also, the California Adaptive Rowing Program provides instruction and training for physically and mentally challenged rowers. Long Beach Rowing Association at the Pete Archer Rowing Center at Marine Stadium
29 There's no free lunch, but there is a free ride to get there courtesy of Long Beach Transit. Take a ride in the free Long Beach Runabout Shuttle, the PASSPORT. The shuttle runs throughout downtown and stops at many downtown hotels, shops and attractions, including the Queen Mary Seaport, The Aquarium, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, The Convention Center, The City Place Mall, Shoreline Village and Pine Avenue. 562-591-2301. The Passport will also connect you to Long Beach Transit's water taxis (worthy of their own place on this "things to do" list, see #30)  
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Long Beach AqualinkTake a ride on a city bus? Yup, The city's "bus" fleet includes 40' water taxi shuttles, The AQUABUS, and a couple of 68' catamarans, The AQUALINK.. This seasonal service is typically available mid-may through Labor Day. Current schedules online, or call 562-591-2301. The AquaBus is an open-air shuttle taxi serving Queensway Bay, with five "ports of call": Aquarium of the Pacific at Dock 4, The Queen Mary, Shoreline Village at Parker's Lighthouse, Pine Avenue Circle at Dock 7, and the Hotel Maya. Fare is only $1.

The AQUALINK catamaran comfortably ferries passengers to the most popular attractions in Long Beach Harbor and on down to Alamitos Bay Landing. Boarding docks include; Alamitos Bay Landing, Dock 4 near the Aquarium of the Pacific, The Queen Mary, and The Belmont Pier.

Even if you're not headed anyplace in particular, residents and tourists alike can't beat these fare deals just for a fun ride across the bay, or down the coastline.

 
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Planning a picnic? The freshest produce (and in some locations arts, crafts and entertainment) are available at the numerous "Farmers Markets" events held throughout the city. A couple of online sites providing current schedules include; Harbor Area Farmer's Markets, and Fresh Nation, Here are some locations for Summer 2013:

  • Wednesdays 3-7, Appian Way & Nieto at the Marine Stadium;
  • Thursdays 3-6:30, Atlantic Ave. & 46th St., Bixby Knolls;
  • Fridays 10-3, W. 3rd Street between Pacific and Cedar, downtown area;
  • And 2 on Sundays: 8:30-2:30 at Spring & Clark and 9-2 at 6530 Marina Drive & 2nd Street in the Alamitos Bay Marina.
 
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Long Beach CaliforniaDrive-By Only - The SKINNY HOUSE, previously listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as America's skinniest detached house, and also mentioned in Ripley's Believe it or Not.

Built on a lot measuring 10 feet by 50 feet by Nelson Rummond, who bet that he could build a habitable residence on the lot.

The Skinny House is located a 708 Gladys Avenue but please do not disturb the occupants. Public tours are not offered. Check out this YouTube video for an interior tour:

The Skinny House, Long Beach CA
33 Take a meditative pause - enjoy a stroll in the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens, located on the grounds of the California State University at Long Beach. Beautiful, tranquil, and free admission. Closed Mondays and Saturdays. Sometimes busy with private weddings or other special events so be sure and check the current schedule or call 562-985-8885. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens at Cal State Long Beach
34 Here's something for you to do with your best friend. Rosie's Dog Beach is a section of public beach where your dog is welcome, and can even run off-leash, free to frolic in the sand and waves. Dog friendly Long Beach also offers many other Dog Parks throughout the city, and a new one is coming soon to El Dorado Park. Please visit the websites for locations, hours, and please follow all the posted rules to keep your pets safe. Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach
35

Try shooting a bull’s eye at the El Dorado Park archery range, site of the 1984 Olympic competition. The public range is located in the Olympic Grove section of El Dorado Park East. Enter off Spring Street. To reserve a site call 562-570-3111. If you can't hit the broad side of a barn, instruction is offered through The El Dorado Archers club.

El Dorado Park Archery Range, Long Beach
36 Rack’em up. At Lakewood Family Billiards, 562-420-9556. Their Lakewood location is only a block outside Long Beach, just north of the airport. Long Beach is short on pool halls at this time. After 30 years in business, the mammoth game room at Yankee Doodles, which offered billiards tables, table tennis and more has closed. Rock Bottom Brewery closed their large pool room also. Jillian’s billiard room - gone. * If anyone has a recommendation for a family-friendly place to shoot a game of 8 Ball, please drop me an email, at Harvey@LongBeachAgent.com (no dive bars with a couple of tables please, they're everywhere...) Lakewood Family Billiards, Long Beach CA
37 Sleep with the fishes! Dockside Boat & Bed ( 800-436-2574) is a cozy alternative to the city's other floating hotel, the Hotel Queen Mary. Several small private yachts are available for a floating stay on the water. The Rainbow Harbor location puts many harbor attractions and restaurants a short stroll away from your dock. Find Dockside Boat & Bed in Long Beach CAon Google Maps
38 Pull up a bar stool (or a booth) at Belmont Shore's Legends Sports Bar. Legends was established in 1979 by former Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Dennis Harrah and local businessman John Morris. Known throughout the country as “the first modern sports bar in America”, Legends was the first establishment to use satellite technology to broadcast live sporting events from around the world. Today, Legends still strives to have the best audio visual equipment to enhance customers’ enjoyment of sporting events, which now includes the largest HD quality projection television in the Unites States. 562-433-5743. Locations of Legends Sports Bar in Long Beach California
39 The hub of the beach scene in Long Beach is along Belmont Shore’s lively Second Street. Stroll the boutiques, galleries, book stores and coffeehouses. Indulge in the many restaurants and pubs; and be sure to peruse the "shadow art" along the walls and sidewalks. "The Shore" is home to ongoing special events from car shows to "stroll & savor" food samplings, sidewalk sales, costumed dog parades. Check with the Belmont Shore Business Association for a current listing of local businesses and events. Belmont Shore, Long Beach CA
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KNOCK, KNOCK - Who's There? Find out at the Laugh Factory comedy club at The Pike. This location at 151 S. Pine Avenue is a sister club to the world famous Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The 670 seat, 12,000 sq.ft. Long Beach club is the largest comedy club in the U.S. (562) 495-2844 ext.1.

Laugh Factory in Long Beach
41 SS Nautilus, Catalina IslandYellow Submarine! Submerse yourself amid Catalina Island’s magnificent marine preserve. This semi-submersible vessel, the SS Nautilus will take passengers on a 45 minute tour of Catalina’s panoramic Undersea Gardens. Jeep tours and Glass bottom boats are just some of the many other tour options while visiting Santa Catalina Island. Catalina Tours. 888-317-3576.  
42 Street voices of Long Beach. The city’s Mural and Cultural Arts Program has been the guiding hand in the creation of dozens of murals throughout the city. For information and maps to the Neighborhood Murals, click here.  
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We've got you surrounded! A city within a city, The City of Signal Hill is completely surrounded by the City of Long Beach. Yes, it really is a hill, and at the very top of that hill sits, of course, Hilltop Park. With commanding views in all directions, this is a great spot to orient yourself as you set out to explore all the areas of Long Beach.

Hilltop Park, Signal Hill
44 Give PIERS a chance - The perfect place to take a stroll, nothings says "California" like the iconic piers that dot the Southern California Shoreline. Long Beach has the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier perfect for fishing, or just taking in the coastline views. The Water Taxi stops here and jet ski rentals are available right off the end of the pier. Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier
  The nearby Seal Beach Pier is better for wave watchers. The pier area is a popular surfing spot for locals. Seal Beach's Main Street shopping district leads right up to the pier. Seal Beach Pier
45 Pack an extra roll of film (remember film?) for this Kodak moment (remember Kodak?). The adjacent Long Beach and Los Angeles ports comprise one of the world's busiest shipping harbors. A well kept secret among locals are the free boat tours that are occasionally offered courtesy of the Port Administration. This rare glimpse into the workings of the inner harbor, the massive cranes and huge cargo ships is really very interesting. Advance registration is required for these very popular tours, so watch for availability and book early. If the reservations are full, you can add your name to a waiting list, if your schedule can be flexible.  
46 Solve a Murder! at The Dinner Detective, interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show. A unique venue in Long Beach, the dinner show takes place aboard The Grand Romance Riverboat docked in Rainbow Harbor. 866-496-0535
47 Visit Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach CaliforniaAquarium No.1. Take a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Conveniently located in Rainbow Harbor, next to The Pike area and Shoreline Village. Walk here from the Long Beach Convention Center. The Aquarium features a collection of over 12,500 animals representing over 550 different species. The facility focuses on the Pacific Ocean in three major permanent galleries, sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Popular exhibits at the Aquarium also include the Aquarium's interactive Shark Lagoon (guests can pet sharks and sting rays) and Lorikeet Forest (guests can feed nectar to colorful lorikeet birds). Exhibits at the Aquarium introduce the inhabitants and seascapes of the Pacific, while also focusing on specific conservation messages associated with each region. 562-590-3100 Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA
48 Aquarium No. 2. If you loved the Long Beach Aquarium, you'll find another a few miles away, just over the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. The tidepool touch tank at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium offers a hands-on view of starfish and sea urchins. The original museum at this location began exhibiting in 1935. The modern aquarium, a Frank Gehry design, opened in 1981, and was expanded in 2004. 310-548-7562. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium near Long Beach Cal
49 a Immerse yourself in Southern California’s ranching history by touring Long Beach’s two historic ranchos and their gardens. Rancho Los Alamitos is reminiscent of a 1930’s working ranch. The Rancho Los Alamitos today, on 7.5 acres, is a rare vestige of the original 300,000-acre Los Coyotes land concession given to Manuel Nieto in 1790 for his service on the Gaspar de Portolá expedition to California under the Spanish Crown. 562- 431-3541. Find Angels Gate Park, Friendship Bell, Point Fermin Park, Fermin Lighthouse and the Fort MacArthur Museum on Google Map
 

b Rancho Los Cerritos, a Monterey colonial-style adobe built in 1844, originally functioned as a headquarters for a 27,000-acre cattle ranch. 562-570-1755.

Rancho Los Cerritos, Long Beach CA
50 This should have been number FORE! on this list! Tee Up! For golf course information, check out this page at Long Beach Parks and Recreation. You'll find LINKS! and phone numbers here for five Long Beach public courses; El Dorado, SkyLinks, Heartwell, Rec. Park North and Rec. Park South (9 hole).  

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