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For some, a tour of the Queen Mary, docked here since its retirement in 1967, evokes waves of nostalgia for the days of the huge ocean liner with its opulent rooms, 1930s deco décor and teakwood decks. Others, particularly the younger set, are entranced by the spine-tingling haunted ship stories on the nighttime ghost tour. But for everyone, a visit to this floating hotel and museum is a must on any trip to Long Beach. At one time a less-than-appealing place to visit, Long Beach has transformed itself into an upscale tourist resort, with many waterfront attractions, including a new, state-of-the-art aquarium with a fabulous shark exhibit, two excellent art museums, charming shops, public golf courses, the annual... more For some, a tour of the Queen Mary, docked here since its retirement in 1967, evokes waves of nostalgia for the days of the huge ocean liner with its opulent rooms, 1930s deco décor and teakwood decks. Others, particularly the younger set, are entranced by the spine-tingling haunted ship stories on the nighttime ghost tour. But for everyone, a visit to this floating hotel and museum is a must on any trip to Long Beach. At one time a less-than-appealing place to visit, Long Beach has transformed itself into an upscale tourist resort, with many waterfront attractions, including a new, state-of-the-art aquarium with a fabulous shark exhibit, two excellent art museums, charming shops, public golf courses, the annual April Grand Prix international auto race and lots of recreational activities along its eight-mile stretch of beach. Take the kids to the waterfront entertainment complex with rides and live performances or to the farming demonstrations at Rancho Los Alamitos. Feeling romantic? Cruise the canals of Naples (that's right, Naples Island in Long Beach) in a genuine Venetian gondola. One thing is for sure: tensions and stresses dissolve in this laid-back, friendly city. less

All things to do » Things to do

Naples Island
Naples Island
Attraction type: Islands
Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific
Take a journey of discovery through the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.
Attraction type: Aquariums
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Catalina Express
Catalina Express
Owner description: Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art... more Owner description: Catalina Island is just an hour away aboard our fast and sleek boats out of Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point. We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-of-the-art watercraft available while maintaining a high level of dedication to safety, customer satisfaction, and quality of service. Today, the fleet consists of 8 high-speed vessels. More than one million passengers set sail to Catalina Island each year on board Catalina Express, and with year round service and up to 30 departures daily, you can easily join them. less
Attraction type: Ferries/ Boats
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California State University Long Beach
California State University Long Beach
Attraction type: Educational Sites
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Rosie's Dog Beach
Rosie's Dog Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Nick's on 2nd
Nick's on 2nd
Ranked #1 of 969 Restaurants in Long Beach
Price: $11 - $31
Cuisines: American, Café
Good for: Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Coffee Cup Cafe
Coffee Cup Cafe
Ranked #2 of 969 Restaurants in Long Beach
Cuisines: American
George's Greek Cafe
George's Greek Cafe
Ranked #3 of 969 Restaurants in Long Beach
Price: $7 - $25
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean, Café, Family Fare
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Berlin
Berlin
Ranked #4 of 969 Restaurants in Long Beach
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
District Wine
District Wine
Ranked #5 of 969 Restaurants in Long Beach
Price: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Tapas
Good for: Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Travel King Motel
Travel King Motel
$56 - $77
Ranked #4 of 9 Long Beach B&B and Inns
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La Quinta Inn & Suites Hawaiian Gardens
2.5 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites Hawaiian Gardens
$91 - $133
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BEST WESTERN Harbour Inn & Suites
BEST WESTERN Harbour Inn & Suites
$109 - $147
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Sunset Beach
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Comfort Inn & Suites near Long Beach Convention Center
2.5 of 5
Comfort Inn & Suites near Long Beach Convention Center
$124 - $155
Ranked #3 of 58 Hotels in Long Beach
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Rodeway Inn
2.0 of 5
Rodeway Inn
$118 - $147
Ranked #5 of 58 Hotels in Long Beach
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Super 8 Long Beach
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Long Beach
$71 - $87
Ranked #6 of 58 Hotels in Long Beach
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Hyatt The Pike Long Beach
4.0 of 5
Hyatt The Pike Long Beach
$172 - $425
Ranked #4 of 58 Hotels in Long Beach
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The Westin Long Beach
4.0 of 5
The Westin Long Beach
$172 - $340
Ranked #10 of 58 Hotels in Long Beach
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Terranea Resort
5.0 of 5
Terranea Resort
$322 - $667
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.