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

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a Feeling Lucky? Gaming is illegal in Long Beach. However, we are pretty much surrounded by Casinos. The Gardens Casino is a card club in Hawaiian Gardens, literally a few hundred feet East on the Long Beach City line.

Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens near Long Beach CA

b The Commerce Casino and c the Hustler Casino are some other local options for Blackjack and other "games of skill".

No slots here, but Las Vegas is just a 45 minute flight from Long Beach Airport.

Commerce Casino for gampling near Long Beach CAHustler Casino for gambling near Long Beach California

77 Let It RIDE on the ponies ! Grab your Casino winnings and head over to the Los Alamitos Race Course. Year round Quarter Horse racing on weekend evenings. The track is planning on adding some daytime thoroughbred races. Event schedules change, so be sure and call first, or check the current schedule online, before heading out. 714-820-2800. Los Alamitos Race Course for year round Quarter Horse racing.
78 Another local favorite for dockside dining. Schooner or Later serves breakfast and lunch in the Alamitos Bay Marina. Hours may vary seasonally, so call first. Brunch here is very popular, so expect a wait for your table, but what a nice place to hang out and relax. It's worth the wait. 241 Marina Drive, Long Beach. 562-430-3495. Have brunch aboard the Schooner or Later in Alamitos Bay Marina
79 Live Jazz is on the menu at Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club in nearby Seal Beach. The food menu is Northern Italian. The Music menu is varied, so check the event schedule online or call 562-596-2199. (Note: tickets for reserved seating in the lounge is typically priced separately.) Driving directions get a little tricky. The location is near the intersection of the 405 freeway and Seal Beach Blvd. Or just dial in your GPS to 3005 Old Ranch Parkway, Seal Beach. I like the Happy Hour specials here too. Live Jazz at Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club in Seal Beach


Serves up. Long Beach is synonymous with Beach Volleyball, our sands being home to numerous national and international tournaments. Misty May-Treanor played volleyball for the Long Beach State 49ers. The 1998 team that May-Treanor captained was the first women's NCAA volleyball team to have an undefeated season. She graduated CSULB 2002 and was inducted into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. So, grab a volleyball and a net. Olympians, and future Olympians will all find plenty of beach courts available off Shoreline Drive [80] as well as many other locations. Volleyball in Long Beach, CA
81 If your driver is wearing a kilt, you might be riding on The Big Red Bus. The kilts are meant to accent the English roots of the Double Decker buses. Some of the buses are "open top". The upper deck feels like you are riding in a 2 story convertible, transporting small groups or big parties all around the coastline communities. The Pub Crawls are very popular, as are wine tasting tours and holiday light tours. The Big Red Bus Company has lots of ideas for fun outings - check out the website for more possibilities. 562-852-9888. Big Red Bus Company double decker bus tours in Long Beach, CA
82 Embrace the Long Beach Art scene. October is Arts Month in Long Beach, but the arts community is active year round. Have a look around the web site of the city's arts agency, the Arts Council For Long Beach for upcoming event information, educational programs, artist spaces and so much more. An example of their sponsored events is the ALOT initiative. (Sept./Oct 2013) where various live creative events were held in vacant lots throughout the city. The Arts Council for Long Beach acts as a coordinating and educational organization to foster, promote, encourage and increase the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts in the City of Long Beach.  
83 Canoe over to Starbucks. Marina Pacifica Mall can be accessed from land and sea, with public docking along the back of the shops. The waterfront shopping mall is located between Pacific Coast Highway and the back channels of Alamitos Bay past the Marine Stadium. You will find a little of everything here, high end and more casual restaurants, a movie theatre, Starbucks, Loehmans, Best Buy and Ralphs. Launch your boat, rent a boat, buy a boat if needed - where else but Long Beach could you pick up the groceries in your Chris Craft? Locate the Marina Pacifica Mall in Long Beach
84 Shop till you drop. More shopping, no boat required (see #83). The City's Department of Economic Development would like to help you find whatever you might be shopping for, right here in Long Beach. They have provided a comprehensive page of Neighborhood Shopping Districts, which links to a list of all Shopping Centers in the city. You will find a map to all the city's major retail centers on that second page. Long Beach is a large city, with widely scattered and diverse neighborhoods. Even long-time residents will find new or forgotten shopping areas worth a visit. Eco-conscious shoppers, looking for Green, Organic, Sustainable goods and services, click here.  
85 No Clubs, No Balls, same 18 holes (well, baskets), that's Frisbee Golf. Actually, it's called Disc Golf, and it's free to play on the El Dorado Disc Golf Course, just bring your own discs. Information is available at the Tennis Court Pro Shop in El Dorado Park West, 2800 Studebaker Rd. (behind the library). 562-570-3225. This is a serious sport. Learn all about it at the website for The Professional Disc Golf Association. Tennis Court Pro Shop in El Dorado Park West, Long Beach, CA

A "twofer" at MOLAA and PIEAM maybe? Survey the art scene at a couple of Long Beach’s ethnic based museums. MOLAA is the Museum Of Latin American Art. located at the North East corner of the East Village Arts District. 628 Alamitos Ave. 562-437-1689. There's free parking at MOLAA, leave the car there and walk over to PIEAM. PIEAM is the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum, just a half block away at 695 Alamitos, 562-216-4170.

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California

Performances In Long Beach may be WAY off Broadway! But Long Beach abounds with opportunities to enjoy all types of live theatre in smaller, more intimate venues. My personal favorite, The Long Beach Playhouse, has two stages: the 200 seat Mainstage Theatre, and upstairs, the 98 seat equity waiver Studio Theatre. 562-494-1014.

A few other local venues include:

Long Beach Playhouse in Long Beach CA
88 Black Linguine with Shrimp and Calamari. Now that I have your attention, that's one of the fabulous special dishes you'll find at Cafe Piccolo, one of my favorite Italian restaurants. You might find The LongBeachAgent at the next table if you attend one of the monthly wine tasting dinners. A long time favorite among locals, Cafe Piccolo is fancy enough for those Special Occasion dinners, but reasonably priced at the same time. Located along the "Broadway Corridor", home to many special neighborhood eateries and unique shops. Broadway, from the Bluff Park area through Belmont Heights is an often overlooked stretch of road which is well worth exploring. 3222 E. Broadway, 562-438-1316. Cafe Piccolo Italian restaurant in Long Beach CA
89 About 5 miles to Iowa from downtown Long Beach? The Battleship USS Iowa is the only Battleship on the West Coast open to public tours. It's located in L.A. Harbor, just over the Vincent Thomas bridge. Visitors walk along wooden decks through the history of WWII, the Korean War and the Cold War and see 16’ guns, missile decks, the bridge, mess areas and even the world famous captain’s quarter’s with the only bathtub installed on a battleship for a President. Tour guides here are very knowledgeable, most are service men and women that make this ship come alive with their special insights as to how life is on a battleship. Built in 1940, The USS Iowa is noted for it’s large guns, accurate fire control systems, heavy armor and speed. The ship was last used from 1984-1990 and is on alert until 2020. 877-446-9261. Find the Battleship USS Iowa in Long Beach CA on Google Map

One more trip across the bridge to San Pedro. Just over the hill from The USS Iowa (#89) you'll find my favorite spot for sweeping coastline views. Angels Gate Park is perfect for picnics or kite flying. (bring your basketball too, you'll see why when you get there) You'll also find the Korean Friendship Bell here. While visiting Angel's Gate Park, consider stopping in at three more adjacent landmarks; Point Fermin Park, Point Fermin Lighthouse and the Fort MacArthur Museum.

About the Korean Friendship Bell: This massive and intricately-decorated bell and pavilion was donated in 1976 to the people of Los Angeles by the people of the Republic of Korea to celebrate the bicentennial of the U.S. independence, honor veterans of the Korean War, and to consolidate traditional friendship between the two countries. The 17 ton bell was cast in Korea and shipped to the United States. The bell has no clapper but is struck from the outside with a wooden log. The bell is set in a pagoda-like stone structure which was constructed on the site by thirty craftsmen flown in from Korea. The pavilion is supported by twelve columns representing the twelve designs of the Oriental zodiac. Resting peacefully on the knoll overlooking the sea gate from which U.S. troops sailed into the Pacific, the bell site affords an unsurpassed view of the Los Angeles harbor, the Catalina Channel and the sea terraces of San Pedro hill. The bell is rung only four times each year: the Fourth of July, August 15 (Korean Independence Day) and New Year's Eve, and every September to coincide with bell ringings around the country to celebrate Constitution week.

Point Fermin Park consists of 37 acres of tree-shaded lawns and colorful gardens and a promenade along the edge of the palisade. The vantage point atop the rugged bluffs affords a breathtaking view of the coast toward Santa Catalina Island. There are picnic areas, a playground and a small amphitheater. Two trails west of the area lead to the beach and tide pools below. Among the tall palms of Point Fermin Park you will spot the Point Fermin Lighthouse.

Find Angels Gate Park, Friendship Bell, Point Fermin Park, Fermin Lighthouse and the Fort MacArthur Museum on Google Map
91 "A Passion for Strings" and "Kickin' Brass" are just a couple of the musical programs offered by The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra on their 2013 / 2014 concert schedule. Actually, they have two program schedules; "A Passion for Strings" is part of their Classics Series, and includes the music of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. "Kickin' Brass" is part of the Pops Series, featuring the music of Chicago, Steely Dan and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Performances are held at The Long Beach Performing Arts Center theatres. Tickets, information and a current schedule can be found at; the LBSO web site or call 562-436-3203. Tickets are also available via Ticketmaster (800-982-2787) Long Beach Symphony Orchestra at Long Beach Performing Arts Center
92 If the symphony just ain't your thing ( or maybe you have eclectic musical tastes), head over to the Cowboy Country Saloon, a 15,000 sq foot dancehall and saloon complete with three dance floors on two levels, a large stage, pool room, full kitchen and two full bars. Check the website for the live music schedules, and information about dancing lessons.This South Street location has housed other noteworthy clubs under its roof. At one time it was known as The Silver Bullet and parts of the cult classic "Thelma and Louise" where shot there, including the infamous scene of the crime that the girls were on the run from for the rest of the movie. Cowboy Country Saloon
93 Organic Matcha Tea, Anko Red Bean,Taro, Roasted Black Sesame - sounds like menu items at a Health Food Store. NOT EVEN..., these are just a few of the unique flavor combinations available at my new favorite Ice Cream Shop, where they make your custom ice cream order for you while you wait. The trick is Instant Freezing with Liguid Nitrogen. More conventional flavors are available too, even Vanilla. My personal favorite is the Nitro DOLE Pineapple Sorbet. It's vegan, gluten free, fat free, cholesterol free, lactose free and allergen free, so how can it possibly taste so good? Don't know, but it does. Located along Belmont Shore's 2nd St. shopping district, visit CREAMISTRY at 4725 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803. call 562-355-8044 for hours Creamistry
94 Looking for a bit of nature in the middle of the city? El Dorado Nature Center is an oasis in the heart of Long Beach, offering visitors the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the urban environment. The 105 acres that make up the Nature Center grounds provide sanctuary for animals and plant life. Two miles of trails wind around two lakes, a stream and forested areas. At the entrance, cross over the wooden bridge that spans the lake to small island that houses the Visitor Center, containing educational displays and a small gift shop. The Nature Center is just a small section of the expansive El Dorado Regional Park. El D orado Nature Center, Long Beach CA

Take a walk around the island. Public walkways alongside the Naples Island Canals are accessible year round for a relaxing, scenic stroll. Naples Island ChristmasNaples Island is actually 3 islands in Alamitos Bay. The large outer island mostly encompasses a smaller inner island. These islands are separated by the beautiful Naples Canals. Four bridges connect the inner and outer islands. One additional bridge leads from the inner island to tiny Treasure Island, the third of Naples Islands. Confused? Study the attached map.

Every December the waterfront homes are decked out for the holidays in a judged competition, a local tradition for over 50 years. For those visitors not familiar with Naples, it's pretty easy to get yourself turned around and confused, but it's an island, so you can't get TOO lost. I recommend parking near the Naples Fountain at the center of the inner island. Walk in any direction to the canals and if you get turned around, anyone will be able to direct you back to the fountain.
Naples Island Canals
96 DUDE! - if "nups, schralped, nollie and airfeed" are part of your everyday vocabulary, you might be happy to hear that there are six SkateBoard Parks scattered throughout Long Beach. All free to use courtesy of the city's Parks Department. 562-570-3100  
97 a Take a Dream Flight. Sunset Flying, based at the Long Beach Airport, offers many tour options in their small planes. Tour the city by air, sunrise or sunset flights, fly over Disneyland or along the coastline. They will even let you fly the plane (with a little help). Once you've caught the flying bug, they offer a full pilot training school. 866-759-3672 Sunset Flying at Long Beach Airport

Sky Thrills Flightsb Even more adventurous? Learn to pilot, or just catch a ride in a vintage biplane or aerobatic stunt plane at SkyThrills. Based at Fullerton Airport, just 25 minutes from Long Beach, SkyThrills offers flights tailored to your own level of daring. 866-4-THRILL

SkyThrills vintage biplane and aerobatic stunt plane flights
98 Long Beach the Aquatic Capital of AmericaCatch a Wave. But, not in Long Beach. The Aquatic Capital of America, Long Beach, was once a great Southern California surfing destination, but 2.5 miles of Breakwater built in the 1940's, have calmed our shores. The breakwater was primarily built to secure the U.S. Naval fleet. The Naval base left town in 1996, but the breakwater remains. A movement is afoot to "Sink The Breakwater", but till then, the Surf's Up right next door in Seal Beach.
  a For sales and rentals, a BodyBoard specialist, Alternative Surf, is located at 330 Main Street, Seal Beach. 562-277-4719. Alternative Surf

b For surfboards or standup paddleboards call or visit Inflight Surf & Sail, 1250 Pacific Coast Hwy., Seal Beach. 562-493-3661.

Inflight Surf & Sail

Looking for vintage clothing? Take a stroll along "Retro Row". An easy walk, just about 3 blocks long, this Long Beach neighborhood shopping area runs along 4th Street, roughly from Cherry Avenue to Junipero Avenue. This stretch of stores has emerged as the Retro Wear Capital of Southern California. Even TV and movie costume designers can be found visiting the boulevard to find vintage clothing to include on their sets. You'll find over 40 independent merchants offering vintage & contemporary clothing, furniture & accessories, art, antiques & collectibles, as well as locally owned restaurants, coffee shops and wine bars. Adding to the retro vibe of the street is the restored 1920’s Art Theatre, which hosts a mix of first-run and art films, live concerts & comedy and other unique events.

Retro Row and Art Theatre in Long Beach
100 Dressed in your "new" vintage clothing purchased along Retro Row (see #99), head over to Looff's Lite-A-Line to relive a piece of Long Beach history. Looff's opened in the '40's at the old Long Beach Pike waterfront amusement park. Now relocated to 2500 Long Beach Blvd., Looff's is the only Pike remnant left, and the only "gambling" spot in town. Gambling is illegal in Long Beach, but at Looff's Casino/Arcade, the games are "games of skill". Most players describe the games as a mash-up of Pinball, Plinko and Bingo. Looff's also houses a free Carousel Museum and Long Beach Pike exhibit. Open every day, noon to 2am, with free practice 11:30am - noon daily. 562-436-2978. Looff's Lite-A-Line

McKenna's on the Bay Long Beach CAWatch the sun set over the bay - Relax, and finish off your tour of the Long Beach area attractions with a martini on the outdoor patio at THE BOATHOUSE on the Bay. It's hard to beat the view from The Boathouse, their location at Alamitos Bay Landing on the East side of Alamitos Bay provides the perfect Western view down the Peninsula beach, with downtown Long Beach visible in the distance across the bay. Besides the view, The Boathouse offers happy hour specials, live music and upscale dining. 190 N. Marina Drive, Long Beach. 562-493-1100.

MCKenna's On The Bay

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