Attractions in Long Beach

Queen Mary
This majestic ship began sailing the seas back in the 1930s. It is now permanently docked in Long Beach Harbor and serves as a museum. Visitors to the ship can be taken on guided tours to see first-class passenger rooms, an elegant banquet hall and photographs and artworks detailing the ship's history. Guided ghost tours are also available and showcase allegedly haunted places on the ship such as the old pool and boiler room. A former Soviet submarine located right next to the ship is additionally open for tours.

Aquarium of the Pacific
Over 11,000 fascinating animals are housed inside this popular attraction. Notable sea creatures on display include sharks, stingrays and sea turtles. Penguins and otters are featured as well. The arctic and ocean science exhibits provide further information on climate change and rising sea levels. The Lorikeet Forest section showcases colorful tropical birds. Visitors even have the opportunity to hear specific whale calls from humpbacks and other whale species.

The Pike
This fun waterfront attraction features rides such as indoor bumper cars and a Ferris wheel. The site also offers shops, restaurants and picturesque views of the Queen Mary and local harbor. Boats are available to take visitors on tours of the harbor and many of them provide food, beverages and musical entertainment. The Rainbow Lagoon, which is adjacent to the Pike, is a beautiful waterway featuring arched pedestrian bridges and paddleboat rides.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
Japanese irises and azaleas are on display at this quaint outdoor attraction. This 1.3-acre plot of land is located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. A black pebble beach found along the garden's pond resembles a stream bed flowing into the sea. A Japanese rankei lantern, wishing stone and teahouse are other charming additions to the garden.

Recreation Park
Over 200 acres of space makes this the perfect outdoor attraction for families. The park features an 18-hole golf course, a lawn bowling green and the Billie Jean Tennis Center. The dog park section is an ideal place to bring beloved pets for a day of fun. Legend has it that film stars Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck learned how to fly cast at the park's casting pond.

Long Beach Museum of Art
Over 3,000 different artworks are housed inside of this museum. Permanent collections include antique ceramics, European paintings and contemporary artworks depicted California scenery. The museum also hosts several traveling exhibitions throughout the year.