The “Aquatic Capital of America” is truly an amazing place to live! Long Beach was named the 10th most diverse city in America by the personal finance website WalletHub. The website took into account the demographic profiles of 500 of the largest cities in America. Diversity was based on factors including socioeconomics, culture, economics, household makeup and religious belief. Long Beach ranked particularly high when it came to racial and ethnic diversity and linguistic diversity. And that diversity has shaped the city into wonder it is today. From its humble beginnings of the Ranchos of the 1800’s to the Oil Drilling days of the 1920’s to the Post-War boom, Long Beach has been molded by people from every walk of life. As a result, the city is made up of various neighborhoods – each with its own distinct character – for people to enjoy life the way they want. Despite being the 6th largest city in California, the LBC, as it has become known, has a small-town, provincial feel, with bike-friendly streets, active neighborhood associations and artist collectives that make it feel like everyone knows each other. There are so many great neighborhoods in Long Beach that I can’t possibly get into detail about them here. If you’d like more information about a particular area, feel free to call/text me at (714) 225-3993 or fill out the form on the right.
Long Beach is known for being home to the Queen Mary – the famed ocean liner now moored here that serves as a floating museum and entertainment venue where you can take a tour, do some shopping, or enjoy one of the fine restaurants. It also hosts a variety of events throughout the year from their Dark Harbor haunted ship at Halloween to the Chill event around the Christmas Holidays to their very own Scotsfest to celebrate the ship’s Scottish roots just to name a few. Right next door, you can embark on a Carnival Cruise or take a shuttle boat to Catalina Island. Just over the bridge, we have the Aquarium of the Pacific – the premier aquarium of Southern California. And every year you can enjoy the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach – but bring your ear plugs and sunscreen as it gets quite loud and is always under the bright California sun! Within an hour’s drive, you can explore the fabulous worlds of Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and every major Southern California attraction.
If you’re looking for something a little more low-key (and less expensive) there are still a whole bunch of options for you and your family or friends. Cruise 5.5 miles of breathtaking waterfront by bicycle, blade or foot and enjoy everything that makes the Southern California surf and sand famous. Jet skis, kayaks, boats, wind surfboards and more are all just a rental away to help you conquer the waterways and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the coast. Or you might want to take in some serene nature walks at El Dorado Nature Center or the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. Speaking of parks, there are a variety of parks throughout the city where you can enjoy everything from basketball to archery to disc golf to yoga to fishing. You can catch a concert in the park at several different parks or fly remote control planes. There truly is something for everyone in this beautiful city!!!
There always special events going on at the Convention and Entertainment Center. With expositions at the convention center and arena and plays, musicals and stage productions at the Terrace Theater, you can often find something you like here. If you enjoy music or theater, Long Beach has everything from opera at the Long Beach Opera to a number of theaters where local stage productions can be found: the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, the International City Theater, the Long Beach Playhouse, and Musical Theater West, to name a few.
If you enjoy exploring history or art, Long Beach has its fair share museums, too. You can learn a lot about the early history of Long Beach by visiting one of the ranchos – Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens or Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Both ranchos will take you back to earliest days of what is now Long Beach. The Historical Society of Long Beach uses photographs, newspaper articles and displays to recount the city’s early days. Whereas Long Beach Heritage provides walking tours and more to study the historic architecture of early Long Beach. For an artistic adventure, head on over to the Long Beach Museum of Art or the Museum of Latin American Art. I’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to museums and events but, as you can see, there’s no shortage of things to see and do.
I just want to mention a few places for dining and entertainment in Long Beach (it would take a book to mention them all.) But Café Sevilla is a local tapas bar, restaurant and nightclub that brings the felling of Spain to you. Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery is a great place to grab a bite and sample some of their home brewed beers. But my personal favorite is Joe Jost’s sports/dive bar and there incredible “Joe’s Special” – make sure you try their pickled eggs, too, they’re out of this world.