Long Beach is located just a little over 20 miles from Los Angeles, but it’s frequently overlooked when planning vacations. What most people don’t realize is that Long Beach is home to some of the best vacation-related activities. If you’ve thought about adding Long Beach to your vacation list but are still not wholly convinced, here’s a list of four different water-related activities you can do while visiting.
Aquarium of the Pacific
If you appreciate marine life, then you’ll want to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific. This aquarium is inspired by the marine life of the Pacific Ocean and features over 11,000 animals and more than 50 exhibits. It showcases over 500 different animal species like frogs that are native to the Pacific Ocean. And, if you want to live dangerously, you can touch the sharks and stingrays as they swim in an open pool.
Also, don’t worry about where you’ll stay or being too far from the aquarium because there are many hotels near the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific that are family-friendly.
Looking for a little history and fun combined then add the historic Queen Mary to your to-do list. The Queen Mary has called Long Beach home since its final voyage in 1967, but the ship provides a rich history that dates back to World War II. Not only will you learn about the ship’s history, but you also can dine at one of many restaurants on the ship. Activities are also available including haunted encounters, a 4D theater, and the ship model gallery.
If you take the kiddos, they’ll love the paranormal nighttime walk. You’ll walk along the ship at night when it’s believed the spirits are out. You might even spot a ghost or two.
If you’re looking for an excellent place to water ski or go row boating, then you’ll love Marine Stadium. The stadium was once home to the 1932 Olympic rowing competition and 1968 Olympic rowing trials. It’s now the premier spot for rowing and has expanded to offer teen and disable rowing programs. Water skiing is allowed, but be sure to check the schedule because it’s not allowed at certain times.
Sea Life Tours
Want to venture out into the Pacific Ocean and witness some unique sea life, then we’ve found the tour for you. On a double-deck vessel, you’ll sail out into the Pacific Ocean and search for sea lions, dolphins, and other marine life. You’ll also search for humpback, fin, and minke whales. But if you visit in the summer, you’ll get to see the blue whale, which is the largest animal on the planet.
Tours are typically a little over two hours and are only offered during specific months. Be sure to check the website and upcoming dates for more information.
Long Beach isn’t just a mere shadow when compared to Los Angeles but a true vacation spot. Next time you’re visiting California, be sure stop in Long Beach. You’ll agree it’s worth the trip.