30 mejores cosas que hacer en Long Beach, California

Long Beach, California (conocida como "LBC" por los lugareños) es una ciudad de aproximadamente medio millón de personas en el condado de Los Ángeles (LA) , directamente al sur del  centro de Los Ángeles

Long Beach es mejor conocida por sus atracciones urbanas frente al mar, como el Queen Mary y el Aquarium of the Pacific, pero a pesar de ser la sexta ciudad más grande de California, tiene una sensación de pueblo pequeño, provincia, con calles aptas para bicicletas, vecindario activo asociaciones y colectivos de artistas.

Long Beach tiene más festivales musicales y culturales cada año que en cualquier otro lugar del sur de California . Su próspera escena gastronómica y de entretenimiento incluye famosos bares de buceo y locales de música en vivo que han lanzado una serie de bandas notables. La ciudad también alberga el Toyota Grand Prix anual  de Long Beach  que convierte las calles del centro en una pista de carreras cada mes de abril. Y, por supuesto, una gran playa para divertirse .

Aborde el Queen Mary

RMS Queen Mary en Long Beach al atardecer

The Queen Mary is a luxury ocean liner that is now permanently docked in the LBC. The ship is rumored to be haunted and offers daily tours as well as nighttime ghost tours for those who aren't afraid of the dark.

Overnight stays are available in the ship's staterooms, and packages that include breakfast, a tour, or a Catalina Island excursion are also bookable. Even if you're not staying overnight, you can still drink and dine on board at Sir Winston's lounge, the Chelsea Chowder House, or the observation bar.

Vea los peces en el acuario del Pacífico

Ortigas de mar japonesas en el Acuario del Pacífico en Long Beach
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The Aquarium of the Pacific is located on Rainbow Harbor in Downtown Long Beach and has over 12,000 pacific coast creatures including penguins, sea otters, puffins, sea lions, and seals.

The lorikeet forest is a very popular exhibit, and guests are given the chance to feed the cute, colorful birds. Visitors also have the opportunity to touch a moon jelly, stingray, or a nurse shark, if you dare. 

Hit the Beach

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The beaches in Long Beach offer a variety of activities like biking, skating, and kiteboarding. However, since the beaches are sheltered by a breakwater, there are no large waves—so don't expect to hang ten here. While this is disappointing for surfers, the calm water makes LBC's beaches popular for families or beginner swimmers.

Picnic in Bluff Park

Picnic en Bluff Park
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If you want to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Ocean without getting sandy, a visit to the grassy Bluff Park is a must-do. The bluff's paved sidewalk makes it a favorite spot for romantic sunset walks and picnics that can be enjoyed on the green.

Pasee por el paseo marítimo en Shoreline Village

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Shoreline Village's boardwalk is dotted with funky shops, family-friendly attractions, restaurants, and bars, all along the Shoreline Marina. There is a carousel, an arcade, and rentals for powerboats, Jet skis, electric boats, kayaks, sailboats, and more can be arranged right from the marina. The village also hosts live music on most summer weekends and during the Christmas season.

Alquile bicicletas y segways

Vista del puerto Rainbow en Long Beach, CA , Avistamiento de ballenas, tours diarios, cartel de pancarta de vinilo amarillo
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Wheel Fun Rentals offers surreys, pedal karts, bikes, tandems, tag-a-longs, and strollers at Shoreline Village and stand-up paddle boards at Rainbow Harbor Dock 10. You can also book a Segway tour around the Shoreline Marina and Rainbow Harbor area, as well as an extended tour that goes past the Queen Mary.

Tome un crucero de avistamiento de ballenas

Edificios en la isla de Nápoles en Long Beach
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A wide variety of boat tours and harbor cruises depart from Long Beach, but the whale-watching tours are the most popular with visitors. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to see any of the following whale species: Gray, blue, fin, humpback, minke, or killer whales (orcas).

Many other creatures are also commonly spotted while searching for whales and can include common, bottlenose, Risso's, or Pacific white-sided dolphins, stingrays, and pinnipeds.

Explore la isla de Nápoles

Vistas aéreas sobre el puerto de Los Alamitos en Long Beach
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Naples Island is comprised of three islands in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. When most people talk about visiting Naples Island, they are referring to the inner island, which is accessible by car. The island has a walkway that takes visitors past million-dollar mansions, picturesque bridges, and grand yachts, creating a beautiful setting for a sunset walk.

During the Christmas season, visitors flock to the island to see the decorated houses along the water and take in the festive boat parade that goes past the outer and inner islands.

Vaya en un paseo en góndola

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Gondola Getaway offers the most authentic gondola rides outside of Venice, Italy. With tours on Alamitos Bay and through the canals around Naples Island, you can choose to savor the experience of a relaxing ride​ or add a dash of romance by booking a decadent brunch cruise served with bellinis.

Visite el Museo de Arte Latinoamericano

Belmont Shore Long Beach
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Visit the only museum in the United States dedicated to contemporary Latin American art. The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) has an outstanding collection of modern paintings and a permanent collection of sculptures displayed in the museum's courtyard garden.

Descubra la costa de Belmont

Meow Vintage en 4th Street Retro Row en Long Beach, CA
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Every beach town has a main drag, and in Long Beach, that's Second Street in Belmont Shore. This vibrant stretch is lined with sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and small boutiques overlooking the beach.

Belmont Shore hosts a number of events throughout the year including a chocolate festival, a sidewalk chalk art festival, a pre-Grand Prix event, the Haute Dog Howl'oween Pet Parade, and a Christmas Parade.

Compre a lo largo de la fila retro

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Retro Row gets its name from the many thrift shops packed into just a few blocks. Hollywood costume and set designers are known to raid these shops to outfit movies and TV shows, so the vintage items sold here are of the highest quality.

Disfrute de las vistas en Lighthouse Park

 El exterior de la casa de adobe en la casa museo, jardines y parque de Rancho Los Alamitos, en Long Beach
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You can't climb the lighthouse in Lighthouse Park (also known as ShoreLine Aquatic Park), but this tiny peninsula jutting into Rainbow Harbor is a popular place for skateboarding, checking out the view of the Queen Mary and Rainbow Harbor, and picnicking.

This park is one of the best viewing areas for the Queen Mary's Independence Day fireworks show, so every year the park fills with people beginning at sunset. 

Aprende la historia detrás de Rancho Los Alamitos

Rancho Los Cerritos
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Rancho Los Alamitos is located near California State University, Long Beach and is the last remaining corner of a Spanish land grant given in 1784. Today, it serves as a living history museum that includes six agricultural buildings, a working blacksmith shop, adobe ranch, an exhibit center, gift shop, and gardens.

Visita el museo en Rancho Los Cerritos

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Built in 1844, Rancho Los Cerritos is one of the last remaining two-story adobe structures still in existence in Southern California and is now a museum. In the summertime, the ranch hosts free outdoor community concerts.

Mira el arte en el Museo de Arte de Long Beach

 Un vistazo al Museo de Arte Étnico de la Isla del Pacífico
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The Long Beach Museum of Art is a bluff-top museum overlooking the beach. There are rotating exhibits as well as a permanent collection, and the on-site restaurant, Claire's, offers incredible ocean views. The museum has free admission on Thursday evenings and all day on Fridays.

Visita el Museo de Arte Étnico de la Isla del Pacífico

Pine Avenue, Long Beach City, Los Ángeles
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The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum is based on the personal collection of the late Robert Gumbiner, who also founded the Museum of Latin American Art. The museum showcases pieces from all of the Pacific Islands​ but focuses mainly on Micronesian arts.

Fiesta en Pine Avenue

Carpenter Performing Arts Center
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Pine Avenue is the hub of Downtown Long Beach dining and nightlife, with a plethora of mostly independent casual and fine dining restaurants, live music venues, and nightclubs.

Pine Avenue hosts numerous special events and festivals throughout the year including Thunder Thursday, the opening ceremonies of the Long Beach Grand Prix, food festivals, and summer music events.

Vea un espectáculo en los centros de artes escénicas

East Village Long Beach Sign
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There is no shortage of great live performances in Long Beach. Housed within the Long Beach Convention Center, the Long Beach Performing Arts Center encompasses the Terrace Theater, which hosts traveling Broadway musicals, concerts (including major children's productions), and the Center Theatre, home to the award-winning International City Theatre that hosts both plays and musicals.

The Carpenter Performing Arts Center, which is located at California State University, Long Beach, is the home of Musical Theatre West and presents performances by their in-house musical theater company.

Long Beach Playhouse is a community theater that lets locals shine on stage with high-quality performances presented throughout the year on the main stage or in one of the more intimate studio theaters.

Busque artesanías en el East Arts Arts District

Long Beach Navy Memorial - Long Beach, CA
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The East Village Arts District is an area of shops, galleries, and cafes in Downtown Long Beach. On the second Saturday of each month, the streets in the area are closed to traffic for an art walk that features multiple art vendors, gallery openings, and live musical entertainment.

Detente en el Long Beach Navy Memorial

Long Beach Convention Center
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The Long Beach Navy Memorial, which is adjacent to Lighthouse Park, pays tribute to the city's naval past. Beginning in 1908, when President Theodore Roosevelt stationed 16 ships of the Great White Fleet in the port, Long Beach served as a naval town for over 100 years until the closing of the shipyard in 1997. 

The Memorial includes a flag mast from the Long Beach Naval Hospital, an anchor from a ship in the Great White Fleet, and a replica of the compass rose from the Naval Station Administration Building.

Compre en las tiendas de Pike

Salvavidas de pie bajo el muelle de Belmont, Long Beach, California, Estados Unidos . Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
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The Pike Outlets at Rainbow Harbor is a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex across from the Long Beach Convention Center. In addition to outlet stores like Restoration Hardware and H&M and restaurants such as Auld Dubliner Irish Pub, there are also many other activities to partake in at this shopping center. There's a movie theater, giant Ferris wheel, and a comedy club called the Long Beach Laugh Factory.

The Cyclone Bridge pays homage to the site's former amusement park and connects the Pike with Rainbow Harbor.

Viaja en el Aquabus y AquaLink

Dentro de una exhibición de la Sociedad Histórica de Long Beach
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Long Beach Transit provides seasonal transportation between waterfront attractions via the Aquabus and the larger Aqualink. It's a fun way to get from the Aquarium of the Pacific or Shoreline Village to the Queen Mary, Belmont Pier, or the Alamitos Bay Marina.

Utilizing public transit is also an inexpensive way to go for a boat ride, even if you don't plan on getting off.

Relájate en el jardín japonés Earl Burns Miller

Catalina Island View
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The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach is a beautiful 1.3-acre garden retreat with a koi pond that's free and open to the public​ and will melt any stresses away.

Atrapa una exposición de la Sociedad Histórica de Long Beach

Aeropuerto de Long Beach
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If you're interested in the history of the city by the sea, the Historical Society of Long Beach operates a public gallery in Bixby Knolls, which is about five miles north of downtown. In addition to rotating exhibits from the historical archives and special themed exhibits that draw from community artifacts, they have a great selection of books on Long Beach and historic photos and postcards for sale.

If you're visiting around Halloween, sign up for the cemetery tour, where actors tell the fascinating stories of real people interred in Sunnyside Cemeteries. 

Haga un viaje a la isla Catalina

El Dorado Park Nature Center, Long Beach, California
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Although you will have to leave Long Beach, a day trip or weekend jaunt to Catalina Island is a popular excursion from the area. The Catalina Express runs ferry service from Long Beach and San Pedro, and there are plenty of activities to do when you land on the island including hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail, visiting the botanical gardens, and going on a thrilling undersea expedition in a semi-submersible boat.

Reserve una lección de vuelo o un tour aéreo

Long Beach Antique Mercado
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Whether you're serious about learning to fly an airplane or just want to give it a whirl, Pacific Air Flight School is a great place to take a small plane or helicopter flying lesson. Or, if you'd rather sit back and enjoy the ride, there are several different helicopter tour companies that offer tours departing from the Long Beach Airport, including some that fly over Hollywood.

Camine por el centro natural del parque El Dorado

La casa Bembridge Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
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El Dorado Park Nature Center is a wildlife habitat that offers biking and hiking trails, fishing ponds, paddle boats, an archery field, and train rides aboard the El Dorado Express.

Búsqueda del tesoro en el mercado de antigüedades

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The Long Beach Antique Market is a monthly, outdoor flea market with more than 800 antiques and collectibles vendors from around the country. It takes place on the third Sunday of the month with a bonus market whenever there's a fifth Sunday in a month.

Aprecie la arquitectura en la casa Bembridge Haga un viaje a la isla Catalina

Catalina Island View
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The Bembridge House is a historic Victorian home in Drake Park. The house was built in 1906 and is operated by Long Beach Heritage, which conducts tours about once a week. The house is significant for the architectural integrity of both the exterior and interior, which includes a great deal of opulent detail.