Long Beach

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Long Beach featuring a beach, kite surfing and general coastal views

Take the kids for a swim in the ocean, pet sharks at the aquarium and explore museums and galleries in this laid-back beach city on California’s Pacific Coast.

Long Beach is a seaside city in California known for its scenic ports and family-friendly beaches. Visit the enormous aquarium, which is home to thousands of species and offers interactive activities. Other popular activities include romantic strolls along the beach, visits to the eclectic shopping areas and trips to museums and cultural centers.

Take the family to the famous Aquarium of the Pacific in Rainbow Harbor on the south coast of the city. It covers an area of 5 acres (2 hectares) and houses 11,000 creatures, including fish, penguins and sea lions. See the Shark Lagoon, which features several types of sharks and rays. If you are feeling brave, pet sharks in the purpose-built tank.

Cycle along the paths near the port for an excellent view of the ocean. The city is home to sandy beaches along the Pacific Coast. The water here is generally very calm so it’s ideal for families with small children.

Go shopping for hats, trinkets and candy in the eccentric stores in Shoreline Village. Take the kids for a ride on the carousel in the playground area. Enjoy a romantic stroll along Rainbow Harbor and Marina as the sun goes down. After nightfall, colorful lights from yachts, restaurants and hotels light up the area.

For some culture, head to Long Beach Performing Arts Center and watch a musical or an opera. Explore the exhibitions at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The museum is housed in a historic mansion on the top of a scenic bluff overlooking the ocean. Explore boutiques and galleries at the East Village Arts District and tour the Museum of Latin American Art.

Long Beach is located about 24 miles (38.6 kilometers) south of downtown Los Angeles. A taxi journey should take around 45 minutes or you can take the LA Metro. While you are in Long Beach, take a cruise to beautiful Catalina Island.

Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Hilton Long Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $201 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Harbor, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from One World Trade Center and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Pike at Rainbow Harbor and Aquarium ...
3.9/5Good! (995 reviews)
"John at the front desk was amazing!"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
4 out of 5
200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA
The price is CA $268 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Long Beach hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps from Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and Pike at Rainbow Harbor. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (974 reviews)
"Property is great. We had a wonderful view. There is a lot to see within walking distance."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
4 out of 5
700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA
The price is CA $256 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Harbor, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of RMS Queen Mary and Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Aquarium of the Pacific and Pike at Rainbow Harbor are ...
3.8/5Good! (923 reviews)
"Stayed at the property the weekend of my wedding. Awesome"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Hotel Maya - a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
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The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center
The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center
3 out of 5
149 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA
The price is CA $300 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Harbor, this historic aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of 4th Street Retro Row and Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Aquarium of ...
3.9/5Very Good! (477 reviews)
"This historic location is set in a perfect walkable area of Long Beach. Communication was easy and I received the pass codes in order to gain entrance to the building as well as the room. The room itself is an actual apartment with full sitting area, full kitchen, beautiful tiled bathroom, and the ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center
Homewood Suites by Hilton Long Beach Airport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Long Beach Airport
3 out of 5
3771 Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach, CA
Located in Harbor, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of California State University Long Beach, El Dorado Regional Park, and El Dorado Park Golf Course. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (519 reviews)
"The service of the maid was excellent during our stay"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Long Beach Airport
Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
3.5 out of 5
316 E Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA
The price is CA $312 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Harbor, this houseboat is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Long Beach Cruise Terminal. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"I loved everything about the place, however the folks on the boat next to us were extremely loud until all hours of the night!"

Reviewed on Aug. 25, 2021

Dockside Boat & Bed Long Beach
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