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

Important note: All the information provided in this 101 Things list is SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Please check with the venue before making plans.
You can help to keep this section current by informing Harvey@LongBeachAgent.com about any outdated information.

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51 Full Size Golf, No problem (see Number 50 above). MINIATURE GOLF, sorry, not in Long Beach. The closest is about 10 miles from Long Beach, just off the 405 freeway in Fountain Valley. In addition to miniature golf, BOOMERS offers go carts, bumper boats, batting cages, a game arcade and rock climbing wall. Child's birthday party packages available too. 714-842-1111 Boomers minigolf in Fountain Valley
52 Hoops by the Bay. Shoot some hoops and meet new friends at the basketball courts between the bay and the ocean in Belmont Shore. Bayshore Park & Playground is right on the beach. In addition to the basketball court, there are handball and racquetball courts, a roller hockey rink and a playground. Locaiton: 14 54th Place, between Ocean Avenue and Bayshore Avenue. 562-570-1715 Bayshore Park and Playground, Belmont Shore, California
53 Everyone's got an opinion, and here they are. Each year, our local newspaper asks readers to vote for their favorites of just about everything in the area. Where is the best place to go dancing? Who gives the best massage? Where can I find the best chiropractor, yoga studio or hair salon? Looking for the best dry cleaner, pet groomer, pizza parlor or deli? You'll have lots of ideas about new "Things To Do" after you thumb through the complete Press-Telegram 2013 Readers Choice Awards. The 40 page publication includes all the "Best Of" winners, in dozens of categories, and many more runner-up "Favorites". Also included are advertisements from many of the award winning businesses.  
54 Go fishing just for the halibut. Sportfishing boats of all sizes are available for anglers at every skill level. Short day trips, or overnight excursions and private charters. Just a few of the possibilities include PierPoint Landing and Long Beach Marina Sportfishing, 562-983-9300, and Long Beach Berth 55 Sport Fishing, 562-432-8993.  
55

Spend the night in the home of Long Beach’s first mayor. Charles Windham, elected in the early 1900’s, resided at what is now known as the Lord Mayor’s Inn Bed & Breakfast. Having recently expanded, the Lord Mayor’s Inn also operates the neighboring Cinnamon House and guests can expect to enjoy delicious cinnamon rolls. Oh, wait - don't bother. Despite being currently listed on Yahoo Travel, the Lord Mayor's Inn closed in 1999. Never mind...

Note: The point of this entry is to remind readers to be sure and phone ahead before making plans to visit any of the places you find on the internet. Whether you are looking at my list here, or a major travel site, a personal blog or Wikipedia, this kind of information is constantly changing and nearly impossible to keep 100% up to date. You can help. If you find something on my list that needs updating, please let me know, Harvey@LongBeachAgent.com. (Yahoo Travel is on their own)

56 This place is for the birds. Located off Pacific Coast Highway in nearby Huntington Beach, bird watchers flock to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, a 300-acre wildlife sanctuary. The Bolsa Chica Land Trust, 714-846-1001, offers guided tours on the third Sunday of each month. Amigos De Bolsa Chica, 714-840-1575, offers tours on the first Saturday of each month. For additional information about these 1440 acres of wetlands, have a look at the web site of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy. The conservancy group offers tours of the reserve also, on the second Saturday of each month, 714-846-1114.  
57 Zip Catalina! The best reason yet to get over to Catalina Island. Propel down 5 separate zip lines, with one run that is 1,100 lineal feet long all on its own. You will travel close to three quarters of a mile over five consecutive zip lines at heights of 300 feet above the canyon floor at speeds pushing 45mph. If that sounds too tame for you, try it at night. Your first step off a platform will be into total darkness... The Catalina Island Eco Tour, lasts approximately two hours. At each station, your hosts will give you a presentation on some of the unique and interesting aspects of Catalina Island, its wildlife, history, and the areas you are passing through. Advance reservations HIGHLY recommended.  
58 The Long Beach Museum of Art is located on a magnificent bluff-top site overlooking Long Beach Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The campus includes the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house (home to the Museum Store and Cafe) and carriage house, oceanfront gardens, and a pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space. In addition to changing exhibitions, the Museum offers extensive educational programs for children and adults, musical programs, festivals, and other special events. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd. (562) 439-2119. LBMA web site  
59 Spend a night on the town. Long Beach is home to world-class performing arts. Just a few of the major venues include: The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located on the campus at Cal State University Long Beach, 562- 985-7000. Two theatres, the Terrace Theatre and the Center Theatre, are located at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 562-436-3636. Follow their web site links for upcoming scheduled event information and tickets.  
60 Not just bowling, Lawn Bowling! Look into joining the Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club. All skill levels and all ages welcome. Ask about free lessons for beginners. Play on the beautiful grounds adjacent to Recreation Park by Blair Field. Read all about the history of the game at the club website or call: 562-433-9063. Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club in Long Beach, CA
61

Lose two wheels. Motorcycles rentals - for a day around town, or a tour of Alaska, are available at Motoquest. Located on Spring Street near the Long Beach airport, Motoquest offers mostly BMW touring bikes, along with some dual sports, including the new Husqvarna TR650. * New for 2014, Motoquest has added a few beautiful new Indian motorcycles to their available rental fleet. 562-997-7368.

Gotta have a Harley? Try Eaglerider, with nearby locations in Newport Beach and near L.A.X. 888-900-9901.

Rent a motorcycle at Motoquest in Long Beach, California
62   Ice cold beer and a "special" sandwich. Every local knows that I'm talking about Joe Jost's Tavern on Anaheim Street. Don't forget to try one of their secret recipe pickled eggs. Joe Jost's is a Long Beach institution, founded in 1924, but had to hold off on serving beer till 1934 due to Prohibition. Just one of those friendly neighborhood pubs, so stop in for a visit. Located at 2803 East Anaheim Street. 562-439-5446. Joe Josts's Tavern in Long Beach, California
63 Dockside shopping and sightseeing. That's Shoreline Village, a destination waterfront center that features over 30 shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions, including daily harbor cruises. There's a carousel and game arcade too. Click on the "coupons" link at the bottom of the Shoreline Village web site home page for some discount deals. Shoreline Village waterfront shopping center in Long Beach, California
64 Muse over the award-winning art exhibitions at the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach. 562-985-5761. While there, explore the campus with a walking tour of the Monumental Sculpture Collection scattered throughout the campus. Click on the sculpture link for a map, and even a virtual tour of the sculpture park, but I pretty much insist you visit the art in person. University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
65 Blues Jam Sundays. Every Sunday from 4 to 11 at Malarkey's Grill, located along the Alamitos Bay Landing waterfront. Malarkey's is in the former Buster's Beachhouse location, and has continued the popular Blues Sundays that Busters had featured. 562-598-9431. University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
66 I Love Music, Every Kind of Music (The O'Jays 1975). If you love all kinds of music, follow the performance schedule at the CSULB Music Dept's Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Over a hundred annual performances, at various venues on and off campus. Click here for a Calendar of upcoming Events; 562-985-4781.  
67 L.A. Harbor's only floating restaurant, The Chowder Barge is a truly unique spot to grab a meal or a cocktail, or, of course, their signature cup of chowder. Located in the Leeward Bay Marina, the port's inner harbor is bustling with activity from container ships, freight trains and 18 wheelers. The atmosphere could be described as "Dockside Truck Stop". If the Barge itself looks familiar, many TV shows have filmed here, including Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, and Wanted. The barge, built in 1934, was originally built as a support vessel used during the filming of Mutiny On The Bounty. The marina is on the Long Beach / Wilmington border. Study your map carefully because it's a little tricky to find - but worth it. 611 N. Henry Ford Ave., Wilmington, CA. 310-830-7937. The Chowder Barge, Leeward Bay Marina, Long Beach, CA
68 "If only the walls could talk…" Take a drive around the city and listen to the history of Long Beach, as spoken by the architecture of it's historic buildings. The City of Long Beach has recognized certain buildings and neighborhoods as having special architectural and historical value. The City Council designates historic landmarks, historic districts, historic places and historic objects by city ordinance. The city has provided detailed information on many of the Historic Landmarks.  
69 Something to do while you are driving around the city (see #68 above). Put the cell phone away, please, and tune the car radio to 88.1 on the FM dial. Broadcasting from studios located on the Cal. State Long Beach campus, non-commercial KJAZZ is the only jazz station serving the Los Angeles market. Volunteers, public support and University Foundation funds provide America with this premier jazz and blues programming, reaching worldwide audiences via Internet streaming. At the station's website, you can download various free radio streaming apps, and follow upcoming live music events around town. If you love the music, make a pledge, or maybe volunteer to answer phones during a pledge drive - I have.  
70 Cheer for Long Beach’s top-rated Belmont Shore Rugby Football Club, Men's Division, one of the toughest in the country. Founded in 1964 as the Long Beach Rugby Club, holders of several championship titles, and the 2012 Division 1 national champions. Check the website for schedules, and information on Youth Rugby too. Of course, there is now a highly successful Belmont Shore Woman's Rugby Club also. Interested in playing? They are always looking for new players - send them an email.  
71 "You are what you drive" - that's the Southern California Car Culture. You could attend a car related event every day of the year around SoCal. Click on the Events My Panoz at the Belmont Shore Car Showpage at SoCalCarCulture.com for a list of upcoming car shows, cruise nights, road rallies and more. While Long Beach itself is home to many car shows, the big one is the annual Belmont Shore Car Show. All 14 blocks of the Shore shopping district are shut down for the show, making room for typically around 700 vintage and special interest vehicles. Enjoy all of 2nd Street's shops and restaurants, while perusing the automotive artwork. Organized each year by The Bay City Rodders Car Club, 100% of the profits are donated to various charities. Belmont Shore Car Show on 2nd Street, Long Beach CAQ
72

Take the plunge. Your choice , ocean or pool - a unique attraction for Long Beach is a fabulous indoor swimming facility situated right on the beach. Go for a swim, or just watch a swim meet, dive competition or water polo match at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, site of the U.S. Olympic Swim trials in 1968 and 1976, and training site for the 1984 L.A. Olympic Games. Also the site for NCAA championships in 1974 and 1978, and dozens of collegiate conference championship events. *NOTE: This facility has closed temporarily, but I am holding this spot for it's return. The city is tearing down the existing pool, to be replaced with a new HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR facility. A beautiful temporary outdoor pool is now open at this location. Completion of the new Aquatic Complex is anticipated for sometime in 2016. For status updates call: 562-570-1806.

UPDATE March 2015 - the old building is now gone. Watch this fun time lapse video of the demolition (watch it to the fascinating ending):

Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach California
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Beats Walkin'! Segway "Human Transporter" scooters are available for guided tours and rentals. Long Beach Segway Tours is located in Shoreline Village by Parkers Lighthouse, across the harbor from the Aquarium. Call for more details: 805-650-7770

$$ Click on this link for a Half-Price Special

Segway of Long Beach offers rentals

Segway LA Scooter Rentals
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Everyone loves a parade.

a Long Beach holds it's Veteran's Day Parade on Atlantic Ave. in North Long Beach. The route typically begins near Houghton Park.

Long Beach Veteran's Day Parade
  b There are two big Christmas Parades (yeah, "Holiday" parades, whatever); The Belmont Shore Christmas Parade is the grandest in town, marching through the 2nd Street shopping district. Visit the Events page at BelmontShore.org for this year's schedule. Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
  c Across town, the Wrigley District throws another traditional Christmas Parade. Since 1953, Daisy Avenue has transformed into Christmas Tree Lane. For information, visit the City Council District site. Wrigley District Christmas Parade
  d Each May, Long Beach proudly hosts one of the countries largest Gay Pride Parades along Bluff Park on Ocean Avenue. What started out in 1984 as a small Gay Pride event has grown into a huge multi-day LGBT Pride festival. Gay Pride Parade Long Beach CA
 

Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Long Beach Californiae On the Fourth of July, hundreds of kids get to parade their patriotically adorned bicycles along the Belmont Shore Beach Bike Path.

The July 4th Kids Bike Parade begins at the Granada Boat Launch, following the bike path to Bayshore Avenue to 2nd Street and back.

Fourth of July Parade Long Beach CA
 

f On, or about Halloween, it's the Haute Dogs HOWL'oween parade. Costumed pets and their often costumed friends, parade by the hundreds for fun and prizes. This event has outgrown it's original location along 2nd St. so it's moved to Marina Vista Park beginning in October 2013.

Halloween Pet Parade Long Beach CA
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Everyone loves a parade - BOAT PARADES.

a The annual Naples Boat Parade is another Christmas & Holiday parade, only this one floats by in Alamitos Bay, and cruises through the Naples Canals. There are two separate parade routes running simultaneously, because the large boats and sailboats can't navigate through the Canals. This allows for excellent parade viewing spots to be found all around the bay. If you want to watch the boat parade from along the Naples Canals, you will have A LOT of company. Be ready for some huge crowds, but a lot of fun. Away from the insanely crowded Naples Island, I like to watch the parade from the beach along the Peninsula.

Alamitos Bay: Naples Boat Parade
  b Another boat parade towards downtown, typically including larger vessels, parades across Queensway Bay, across from the Queen Mary and through Rainbow Harbor. The "Parade of 1000 Lights" is organized primarily by the ShoreLine Yacht Club. Queensway Bay: Parade of 1000 Lights Long Beach California

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