L.A. Day Trip: Long Beach
Collected by Susan Mason , AFAR Local Expert
Head south by car or Blue Line Metro to the infectiously laid-back and friendly city of Long Beach. With its bustling port, bike and pedestrian friendly waterfront paths and attractions like the Aquarium and Queen Mary, it is a perfect day trip to entertain the family or to goof around with friends. The downtown area has its fair share of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars for all budgets.
517 E First St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Who will you root for, the Lakers or the Clippers? Either way, this is your chance take in a game with the locals. Long Beach is just a ball toss away from the home of these NBA Teams. How to get there: The Long Beach Metro takes you right into ...
500 E First St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The menu at this farm-to-table restaurant changes based on the season to best showcase the local bounty from nearby land and sea. The hottest spot in the house is on the patio where diners enjoy the delicious SoCal weather. This is a modern,...
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The Aquarium of the Pacific is a must for families with children. They'll absolutely love the shark lagoon (you can even touch some of them!), the live feeding sessions, and all the other close encounters you can have with swimmers of the sea. The...
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Known as the Grey Ghost during World War II, the Queen Mary is floating history. Built in Scotland, the ship's maiden voyage was from England to the West Coast of the United States. Over the course of its lifetime, the Queen Mary has played the...
450 E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The port at the Long Beach waterfront is more than 100 years old and well worth visiting. Take in views of the harbor and the epic Queen Mary by strolling through Shoreline Village. There are a multitude of restaurants to get your taste buds...
300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The heart of downtown Long Beach can come across so business-like. But take a closer look, and you will start to see the whole creative and artistic spectrum of what this area has to offer. Complimenting Long Beach's Art District, the Convention...
210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
This is real pizza. And by real, we mean “Italians do it with a fork and knife” real. Sit at the bar and watch these creators make your pizza. You'll find this hip pizza joint along the promenade. Craving modern outdoor seating with fire pits?...
102 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Built more than 100 years ago, the historic building that now houses the newly designed Federal Bar has preserved its grandeur and rich bank-like ambiance. Locals come for the food and the happy hour (daily, 4:00–7:00 p.m.), but the opulent...
2300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Long Beach has a flourishing art community with an established foundation based within the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA). Come for the art exhibits. Come for the ambiance and view. Come for the special events. Claire’s Restaurant, located within...
2500 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
Sometimes a city doesn't allow for much open space to run free, but Bluff Park is the ideal spot to get outside and sweat. Running for about one mile, it takes you from the Long Beach Museum of Art southward to 36th Place. Want to get down to the...
5276 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
This store is so cozy you'll want to wrap yourself in a blanket and cuddle up with a warm cup of tea. This is the place to find the fantastically innovative and inspiring jewelry made by Jeanine Payer. Finely engraved quotes are the centerpieces...
170 The Promenade N, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
This whiskey bar may only be one year old, but it's well established in the fabric of Long Beach. Talk to Dexter at the bar, a native of the area, and he’ll fill you in on what's happening around town as well as on what's up-and-coming. The Stave...
201 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
The Congregation Ale House Chapter is a local favorite where you can have a proper confessional with your buddies inside or out on the covered patio. With dark wood accents and stained glass features, you may feel a little guilty for drinking in a...
210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Be forewarned, this isn’t your typical BBQ joint. All the meat is slow-smoked and dry-rubbed, and it’s well worth the extra wait. Enjoy the freedom of choice, and pick your own sauces to pour over your flavor-infused meal. Have you tried the Long...
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