Downtown Long Beach Awaits: Things to See and Do


Long Beach is an exciting Southern California city that screams fun and entertainment. With so much to see and explore, as well as the many offerings at #WeAllGrow Summit, to narrow down the sights you might want to take in can be a challenge. Fear not lovely ladies, for your good friends at Latina Bloggers Connect have you covered. Check out our list of must-see things in Long Beach. Happy exploring!

For our Adventures:

For anyone who is up for adventuring throughout Long Beach, there are plenty of options. Whether you’re a kid at heart or preparing for the premiere of Finding Dory, theLong Beach Aquarium is a beautiful way to spend some free time. With 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits, there’s plenty to explore. The Aquarium houses an array of animals, from all different species of fish, to sharks to Southern California steelheads to penguins. Explore the world of jellyfish and then get up-close and personal with Magellanic penguins. See them from above or walk through the underwater tunnel, which gives you a feeling of being right in the exhibit with the critters. With so much to explore, you won’t be bored at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

If you’re looking for a historic adventure, head on over to the elegantQueen Mary, a 1930s voyager, which regularly sailed from Southampton, England to New York City. Now docked in Long Beach, you have the chance to hop aboard and tour the magnificent vessel. Take an informative guided tour, check out the Princess Diana exhibit, dedicated to the late duchess and the Royal Family, or explore the ship at night when the spirits come out to play. They just don’t make them like they used to, so if you have free time make sure to pay Queen Mary a visit.

For our Art Lovers:

If you’re looking to get cultured in Cali, Long Beach is full of amazing places to experience art.Pow Wow Long Beach features a collection of graphic art and murals throughout the city. What started in Hawaii, quickly spread to other cities and Long Beach is lucky enough to be one of these amazing cities. Make sure to check out themap in order to find all the murals.

TheMuseum of Latin American Art is also not to be missed. Conveniently located at the corner of 6th Street and Alamitos, MOLAA expands knowledge and appreciation for modern and contemporary Latin American art through collections, exhibits, educational programs and cultural events. Admission is only $10 and the museum is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and until 9 p.m. on Fridays. Additionally, if you’re planning on staying any extra days in Long Beach, admission is free on Sundays.

Long Beach East Village Arts District displays a collection of art, as well as exciting attractions, great places to eat and a lot of dynamic stores to browse and shop. Some of the attractions include Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Long Beach Sports Arena, the 1926 Art Deco Breakers Hotel and the Museum of Latin American Art!

For our Nature Lovers:

For all our girls looking to spend some quality time outdoors (or are looking for the perfect photo opportunity) theEarl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is the perfect stop. The garden is a hybrid art form that combines typical Japanese garden designs fused with the Southern California lifestyle. Admission to the garden is completely free. If you have time, check out thephoto gallery of the garden – it is absolutely stunning!

If you’re coming to Cali in search of sand and water, head on down toBelmont Shore. Not only will you have access to the ocean, you can rent kayaks on or go for a Gondola ride. Additionally, you can also explore the Shore on bikes and ride them throughout the boardwalk. There are many shops and restaurants as well to meet any craving. However, if you’re looking to relax a little bit, Belmont Shore provides spectacular views and would be the perfect place for a photo shoot – of the scenery or with a blogger friend!

For our Shopaholics:

One of the best places for shopping in Long Beach is theShoreline Village. It boosts a number of unique, cute shops, like Seabreeze Jewelry and Sunglasses, Soapy Delites and Shorelines Comics. If you’re looking for interesting souvenirs and gifts, this is definitely the place to be. Check out Queen Mary Couture, an eclectic boutique featuring an assortment of vintage-inspired styles and rocker-chic fashion. Head on over to Latin Waves, which is the place for authentic Mexican, handmade clothing for both men and women. Or pick up a unique cap at Village Hat Shop.

The East Village Art District also has great options for shopping. So if you’re planning on stopping there for the art, think about window-shopping too! Long Beach also has a lot of smaller, boutiques throughout the downtown area. If you’re a vintage lover, you have to check outMeow! Vintage. A paradise for vintage shoppers, the store is filled with retro clothing and accessories from the 1940s to 1980s.  There are many more stores throughout the city and we recommend checking outthis list to help find and narrow down where you want to shop!

For all our foodies, check back next week when we have an entire article dedicated to Long Beach eats! Make sure to check out our Long Beach Board on Pinterest for even more fun things to do.

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