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Long Beach

 
Long Beach often gets lost in the mix of Los Angeles and Orange County. The city is located conveniently between both areas, yet offers plenty of desirable amenities of its own.

Long Beach is a great destination for fitness, dining, and enjoying the beautiful waterfront. In addition, there is an endless lineup of exciting events that take place throughout the year.
 
 
  • 1. Take a bike ride along the waterfront
    Take a bike ride along the waterfront
    Alamitos Ave and Ocean Blvd, , 90802
    The Long Beach Shoreline Pedestrian path is an easy, fast, flat, scenic 3.1 mile ride. I love running or biking and feeling like I got in a nice little workout while still taking in fantastic views of the Pacific. This path is great for beginners or those looking for a quick workout because the distance isn’t intimidating.
  • 2. Visit the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
    Visit the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
    1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., , 90840
    This peaceful garden is located on the campus of California State University but is open to the public as well. My favorite feature was the koi pond. You can feed the fish and they will follow you all around the garden. The garden is manicured and up kept providing an appealing aesthetic experience. Great spot for taking a scenic break away from the beach crowds!
  • 3. Take a walk around Shoreline Village
    Take a walk around Shoreline Village
    401-435 Shoreline Village Dr, , 90802
    Home to the Aquarium of the Pacific, waterfront restaurants, Spirit Cruises, shopping and more, you have endless opportunities for an entire day of beachside fun! The souvenir shops carry nice Long Beach/California apparel and knick knacks.
  • 4. Run the Long Beach International Half Marathon
    Run the Long Beach International Half Marathon
    Shoreline Drive and Shoreline Village Drive, , 90802
    Running the Long Beach Half Marathon (held annually in October) was an amazing experience, by far the best half marathon I have come across. There are plenty of spectators cheering you on, gorgeous views of the ocean throughout the entire course, and a fun finish line party.
  • 5. Visit Naples Island
    Visit Naples Island
    Alamitos Bay, , 90802
    Naples Island is a beautiful section of Long Beach, home to amazing houses and fantastic waterfront views. During the Christmas months, houses are lavishly decorated.
  • 6. Dine at a waterfront restaurant
    Dine at a waterfront restaurant
    Shoreline Village Dr., , 90802
    Long Beach is home to many waterfront restaurants. Many restaurants in the area offer outdoor seating; this is a great way to take advantage of the beautiful weather! My favorites are Yard House and Tequila Jacks. Both offer outdoor decks with fabulous water views.
  • 7. Shop/eat/play on Pine Avenue
    Shop/eat/play on Pine Avenue
    Pine Avenue, , 90802
    This section of downtown is home to many shops, restaurants, bars, a theater, a dueling piano bar, and more. There is even a Ferris Wheel – it only costs $3 and you are rewarded with panoramic views of the city, coast, and the beautiful Queen Mary!
  • 8. Visit the Long Beach Museum of Art
    Visit the Long Beach Museum of Art
    2300 E. Ocean Blvd., , 90802
    This coastal museum is small, yet still houses a decent collection, with the big bonus being the grand waterfront views.
  • 9. Attend a CSULB basketball game
    Attend a CSULB basketball game
    California State University - 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., , 90840
    Watching a home game at California State University, Long Beach is always a fun & affordable option for some sports related fun. Games are open to the general public.
  • 10. Take in the views from the top of the Lions’ Lighthouse
    Take in the views from the top of the Lions’ Lighthouse
    Shoreline Aquatic Park, , 90802
    Walk or bike up to this Shoreline Village Lighthouse at night – the views of the city are absolutely amazing! As an extra perk you will get in a great workout trekking up the hill!