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Fun Things to Do in Long Beach

Satisfy your inner urbanite at downtown Long Beach’s vibrant waterfront scene. From eclectic neighborhoods to sandy beaches, you’ll find Long Beach to be an urban waterfront playground. 

Must See Attractions in Long Beach

The Queen Mary

First launched in 1936, the majestic ocean liner Queen Mary celebrates 40 years in Long Beach. It is a favorite attraction with historic tours and special exhibitions, authentic Art Deco decor, original artwork, rich wood paneling from all over the world, charming boutiques and dining options.

Queen Mary Tours to benefit the NAPNAP Foundation 

The Glory Days Tour
Delve into the Queen Mary’s expansive past, including her groundbreaking construction, her time as a troopship during WWII and of course, her glory days as the world's most luxurious and technologically advanced ocean liner. Proceeds from this tour benefit the NAPNAP Foundation. You must arrive promptly to participate in the tour. Refunds will not be given for people who arrive late. Due to the historic nature of the Queen Mary, some areas of the ship may not be accessible to guests with mobility restrictions. Tours may require extensive use of stairs and/or standing for long periods of time.

  • Date: March 24
  • Time: 6:20-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Queen Mary, across the harbor at 1126 Queens Hwy
  • Cost: $32 - tickets only available in the conference registration system

Haunted Encounters Tour
Want to know the stories and legends regarding the famous hauntings of the Queen Mary? Then join us for the Haunted Encounters Tour. This approximate one hour tour will share many of the more well-known or infamous stories of the paranormal residents that now occupy the legendary ship in a non-scary introduction to the ghostly tales of the Queen Mary. Proceeds from this tour benefit the NAPNAP Foundation. You must arrive promptly to participate in the tour. Refunds will not be given for people who arrive late. Due to the historic nature of The Queen Mary, some areas of the ship may not be accessible to guests with mobility restrictions. Tours may require extensive use of stairs and/or standing for long periods of time.

  • Date: March 24
  • Time: 8:50-10 p.m.
  • Location: Queen Mary, across the harbor at 1126 Queens Hwy
  • Cost: $32 - tickets only available in the conference registration system

Aquarium of the Pacific

Just steps from our conference hub, you can meet more than 11,000 animals in over 50 exhibits as you explore sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. At the Aquarium of the Pacific, you can get up-close with a penguin and touch over 150 sharks in Shark Lagoon. 

Cruise the Harbor

Get a different perspective of Long Beach on a scenic and educational harbor cruise with Harbor Breeze Cruises or Spirit Cruises. Take in the views of Long Beach harbor and The Queen Mary as knowledgeable guides point out our plentiful sea life, including whales, dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, and marine birds. Relax on the water and immerse yourself in the local environment.

Budget-Friendly Attractions

Get Around Town

The bright red Passport Shuttle, from Long Beach Transit, offers service to major Long Beach attractions and is free throughout the downtown area and whisks you quickly to downtown's cultural spots. Or you can visit other local destinations such as Belmont Shore, Alamitos Bay and Cal State Long Beach via Long Beach Transit for about $1.25 each way.

Long Beach is quickly becoming one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in America. Ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Bike Cities in America by Bicycling Magazine, Long Beach welcomes cyclists to explore our unconventional city with more than 100 miles of bike routes and a scenic beachfront bike path. Check out the bike map. Bike rental shops available downtown and along the waterfront.

Feel the Sand Between Your Toes

Long Beach actually has several beaches to explore. Walk out of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center just a few minutes to the south to relax on the sand at Junipero Beach. 

Explore Long Beach's Art Scene

On the campus of Cal State Long Beach, the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum showcases contemporary and modern art and culture in its collections and special exhibitions. Learn about the museum and exhibit schedule. The Museum of Latin American Art, in the heart of Long Beach, will expand your knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American art through its collection and ground-breaking exhibitions. The Long Beach Museum of Art also offers a permanent collection and special exhibitions throughout the year. 

Enjoy the Waterfront

Take a stroll on the Rainbow Harbor Esplanade. Connecting the Rainbow Harbor to Shoreline Park, this area features native plants and local vendors. It's the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy harbor views. 

Relax with Nature

El Dorado Nature Center is an oasis of natural habitat, offering visitors the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the urban environment.

Shop 'til You Drop

If you're looking for a break from all that sunshine (really?), check out Long Beach's shopping venues: The Pike Outlets, Shoreline VillagePine Avenue and Fourth Street Retro Row. Most areas also offer dining and entertainment options, too!

Just a Short Trip Away

Cruise to Catalina

Just an hour off the coast of Long Beach sits Catalina Island with its Mediterranean climate, laid back lifestyle and abundance of activities. Catalina Express' fast boats depart daily from the Catalina Landing in downtown Long Beach year-round. Be sure to watch for dolphins as you cruise to the island.

Visit Disneyland

Less than an hour from Long Beach, you'll find one of the happiest places on Earth. Discover the excitement of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., featuring two amazing theme parks: Disneyland Park, including the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction, and Disney California Adventure Park. 

Check out Universal Studios Hollywood

If you're more Harry Potter than Micky Mouse, plan a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood where movie action meets amusement park fun, including attractions like Jurassic Park: The Ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Fast and Furious: Super Charged