Whether you’re a local to Southern California or a first time visitor, there’s always something to do that will keep you busy in the land of surf and sunshine. As California’s seventh biggest city, Long Beach draws in tourists with its perfect weather, diverse culture, coastal cuisine and (of course) entertaining attractions. Below are the top 5 places to check out while you’re visiting the Long Beach Cruise Terminal.
5. The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
Yes, the once prestigious ship from the 1900s is actually an attraction right by the Long Beach Cruise Terminal that you can observe and admire with your own eyes. To make it even better, visitors can stay aboard the Queen Mary and partake in a number of different activities that explore its history. Take a twilight tour to learn about the ship’s paranormal activity or go on a haunted encounter where you can cruise through room after room, listen to ghost tales and maybe even contact some of Queen Mary’s ghoulish guests.
4. Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Known as the fourth most favored aquarium in the United States, the Aquarium of the Pacific is the perfect place to learn about, and discover, extraordinary sea life near the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. There are more than 11,000 animals at this acclaimed aquarium, making the 32 exhibits and 19 habitats well worth your visit. Get up close and personal with Magellanic penguins, sea lions, sea otters, tropical fish, blacktip reef sharks, lorikeets and more. Just be sure to bring a camera so you can capture every moment (and creature)!
3. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
Some people like to enjoy their vacation by appreciating the beauty of nature. If that sounds like you, pay a visit to this splendid and serene Japanese garden. It’s located on California State University’s campus and consists of 1.3 acres of vibrant greenery, colorful flowers and towering bamboo. The surroundings are so breathtaking that couples choose to use this location for photo shoots and weddings. With verdant terrain, Heavenly waterfalls and glistening ponds, can you blame them for picking this fairytale backdrop?
2. Catalina Island
#1 Green Pleasure Pier
Avalon, CA 90704
This relatively small yet popular island is full of fun activities to do and it’s only an hour away from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. All fans of water sports will enjoy parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, tubing, rafting and stand up paddle boarding. For those that prefer to explore the island on the ground, take advantage of the many land activities like miniature golf, camping, hiking, scavenger hunts, bicycling, city tours and food tasting tours. There’s also fantastic dining and nightlife options, pampering spas and plenty of shopping venues.
1313 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
Let’s face it, you just can’t vacation in California without stopping at the happiest place on Earth. Situated about 40 minutes away from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, Disneyland is the magical wonderland that melts everyone’s hearts and brings out your inner child. The two parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, are packed with thrilling rides, sensational musicals and tons of tasty restaurants. Some of the main attractions you can’t miss include the Indiana Jones Adventure, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, California Screamin’ and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Don’t miss out on the best attractions Southern California has to offer! Read more info about the Long Beach Cruise Terminal and find out what else is around the port.