Long Beach has many places to explore and hang out, on your own or with new friends. From museums to restaurants, there is so much to choose from. Where do you begin? Here are some of the top spots for you to add to your to-do list of places to visit in Long Beach.
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the places that Long Beach is well known for, but many people have never been to. Set aside a whole day when you have finished your homework, and visit the seals, otters, sharks and more critters of the sea.
Swan Boat Rentals at Rainbow Lagoon
Shoreline Drive at Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
Take a ride around the Rainbow Lagoon when you rent a swan boat to paddle around. The hour rental rates are $11.00. It is a great first date idea or just a fun time to spend with friends. There is also a path around the lagoon to watch the swans and the sunset.
El Dorado Nature Center
7550 E Spring St, Long Beach, CA 90815
If you enjoy spending time between the trees, taking a trip to the El Dorado Nature Center is something you will enjoy. The Nature Center hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the vehicle entry fee will depend on what day of the week you visit. There are two great hiking paths you can take to enjoy the scenery and you may even catch a glimpse of the turtles swimming in the water.
Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
For art enthusiasts, the Museum of Latin American Art is a great attraction in Long Beach. For college students on a budget, the museum is open free to the public on Sundays. The three exhibits at the moment are showing breathtaking work done by female Latin American artists. The pieces spark conversations of world topics and are worth a visit.
2nd & PCH
E 2nd St & Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803
This is the perfect place for shopping addicts and foodies. 2nd & PCH is the go-to place if you want to walk around and shop by the ocean breeze. They have various stores like Urban Outfitters and Nike by Long Beach. There are a variety of food options like Otosan Sushi and The Italian Homemade Co. At times, there are curated markets with different small businesses from Long Beach deserving of your support.
6460 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste 120, Long Beach, CA 90803
Boba Guys is a location that can be found at 2nd & PCH. They have a variety of teas for you to choose from and provide you different milk options like almond and oat milk. Their quick service allows you to take an aesthetically pleasing picture of your drink against their logo, and relax at their nearby seating area.
3225 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804
Naga Café is a welcoming Cambodian restaurant that you should visit when you are looking for a delicious bite to eat. The employees will greet you kindly and are helpful in giving recommendations on what to try.
Long Beach Creamery
222 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA
Located in Downtown Long Beach, the Long Beach Creamery is an excellent place to get a tasty frozen treat. They use local, organic ingredients to create their unique flavors of ice creams. With the cute vibe inside their shop, you will want to come back time and time again. You can also enjoy eating your ice cream in their outdoor seating area.
Blue Bird Cafe
1532 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802
This sushi restaurant is a must-try for food lovers. Blue Bird Cafe has a great range of food options to satisfy any craving like sushi, sushi rice bowls, ramen, and more. They also have plenty of vegan options. At the moment they only offer takeout but it is still Daily 49er approved.
4003 E 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814
For plant parents or those wanting to start incorporating plants into their decor, Plantiitas is the shop to visit. Plant prices vary from $8.00 and even up to $400.00 due to the wide variety of plants that they have. The staff is friendly and willing to answer any of your questions. They strive to not only be a safe space in the Long Beach community but also create a family connection between customers and staff.
To learn more about Plantiitas, visit: https://daily49er.com/artslife/2020/11/19/plant-shop-plantiitas-in-long-beach-reaches-new-audiences-with-an-important-message/