Long Beach, California, is a well-known spot for water themed attractions. Located in the southern part of the state, Long Beach is its sixth largest city. Despite its size, Long Beach has small-town charm because of its community awareness and plentiful artistic activities. Visitors are made to feel like the almost 500,000 people who reside there. It’s an ideal place for walking, relaxing, and sightseeing near or on the waterfront. Discover these four water attractions you can visit in this city.
The Queen Mary
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Formally known as the RMS Queen Mary because of its origin as a royal mail ship, this popular attraction is located in Queensway Bay. Once a World War II military ship, the retired ocean liner now serves as a museum on water. Visitors can even stay onboard for a couple of nights in its hotel accommodations.
The Queen Mary is an appealing venue for conventions, business meetings, and weddings. Known for its history of paranormal activity, the classic art deco vessel provides daily haunted tours. This secured a spot for it on Time Magazine’s list of Top 10 Most Haunted Places in America.
Aquarium of the Pacific
With the exception of Christmas Day, the fourth largest aquarium in the country offers daily admission. Aquarium of the Pacific offers over 50 exhibits with approximately 11,000 animals. Check out the shark lagoon and various touch tanks for an up-close, personal experience. Multiply your fun with a combo ticket deal that includes the Queen Mary, Los Angeles Zoo, Natural History Museum, and other attractions. Get ahead of the large crowds by visiting at 9:00 a.m. on the weekends or after 2:00 p.m. on the weekdays.
Marine Stadium Park
This attraction is widely known as one of the world’s best skiing facilities. Marine Stadium Park is now a state historic site because it served as a host for the 1932 and 1968 Olympic rowing events. During your stay in the area, be sure to visit this popular place for picnicking on the sandy beach, boat launching, water skiing, and rowing. Special events are often held here, like municipal band concerts and the annual Southern California Speedboat Club races. The farmers market is a weekly treat for locals and tourists.
From late spring to early fall, Long Beach Transit offers travel by boat. Yes, for as little as $5 each way, you can be shuttled along the shoreline in a large water taxi. If the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific are some of the attractions on your agenda, AquaLink will get you there. The wheelchair accessible vessel is ideal for visitors of all ages. You can also score snacks, beer, and other libations onboard. Be sure to check the AquaLink schedule for their seasonal transportation times and prices.
Although Long Beach is in close proximity to Los Angeles, it has its own share of water entertainment facilities. Bicycling, renting an electric boat, or leisurely walks are more ways to enjoy the many waterways in Long Beach.