A floating city awash in elegance, the Queen Mary, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains one of the most famous ships in history.
Get an up close and personal look at the Queen Mary with an informative guided tour. From the ship’s groundbreaking construction and royal launch as the most luxurious and technologically advanced ocean liner at the time, to her duty as a troopship during WWII, to her golden days of the 1950s, to her earning the nickname, the “haunted ship,” the Queen Mary’s history is full of action, adventure, romance and paranormal activity. Explore the ship from bow to stern, inside and out, and hear unique stories, facts and insights about the Queen Mary from her expert guides. Click here for more information.
With its sweeping, curving, wave-like architecture, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is designed to emulate the ocean. The Aquarium is one of the most technologically advanced and largest Aquariums in the country and offers the most comprehensive look at the largest body of water on earth: the Pacific Ocean.
The Long Beach Convention Center is an international scale facility, holding conventions or trade organizations and other groups throughout the year. In the same downtown complex you’ll find the world-class performing arts center and the Long Beach Arena, covered by the world’s largest mural, “Planet Ocean”, which features a fabulous array of marine life by internationally renowned environmental artist, Wyland. The Long Beach Arena is a magnificent focal point to the dramatic Long Beach skyline.
Shoreline Village features a wide variety of unique specialty shops offering everything from gifts and souvenirs to resort wear and jewelry. Shoreline Village also features everything in between, like hats, tee shirts, collectibles and gourmet chocolates. You can also dine in elegant style on prime aged steaks or fresh seafood, or meet your friends in a casual setting for pizza and buffalo wings. Maybe you just want to wind down the day with a beer, a glass of wine or a cocktail as you watch the sunset over the marina. Whatever your choice, you’ll find it all at Shoreline Village.
Nestled in the southeast corner of Long Beach near the Orange County border is a remarkable retreat from the surrounding urban bustle. It is Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens, a place to explore, experience and enjoy. Monthly educational programs and special events serve thousands of visitors each year and feature topics as diverse as agriculture, the cultural arts, Hispanic Heritage, landscape design and Native American culture. Demonstrations and interactive experiences educate and entertain the entire family.
In the words of Miller Japanese Garden founder, Lorraint Miller Collins, “I have a dream for this garden. When a person is tired, or anxious, or in a quest of beauty, may they enter and come forth refreshed to meet the problems of the day. There will be music of the wind through the pines, music from the waterfalls and the birds. There will be serenity as you walk around the lake, and joy, I hope, in the beauty of the reflections in that lake. There will be iris and azaleas in the Spring. Flowering magnolia in Summer. In the Fall, chrysanthemums and the golds of the liquid amber trees. There will be strength and solidity in the rocks and the wooden bridges. And, of course, there will be bamboo, a favorite wood of the Japanese because it is so useful and beautiful. There is an old proverb that says, ‘Bamboo bends but never breaks.’ It is my hope that as you leave your tour of the garden, you will find in your heart that proverb, and the day will be filled with joy.”
Seventy-two continuous years of quality theatrical entertainment have established the Long Beach Playhouse as a landmark in the area. Its two theatres present a wide array of offerings throughout the year. The Mainstage presents classic dramas and comedies. The Studio Theater stages experimental, adult-oriented, as well as traditional plays and musicals.
The mission of the Museum of Latin American Art is to research, collect, and exhibit the contemporary art of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean by artists who have lived and worked in those countries since 1945. MoLAA is “more than just a museum”. It is an exciting cultural center with a Museum Store and a restaurant, Viva, featuring authentic Latin American cuisine. It is a place where visitors can enjoy programs and entertainment that stimulates the senses, inspires the intellect, and gives the art a cultural context.
The Long Beach Museum of Art is located on a magnificent bluff site overlooking Long Beach Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The campus includes the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson house and carriage house (built in 1912), a new pavilion with two floors of expansive gallery space for changing exhibitions, and oceanfront gardens. The historic buildings are home to administrative offices, the Museum Store and Museum Café.