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Finding Family Fun in Long Beach, California

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If you're travelling with kids to Long Beach, the beaches are probably the main attraction. But Long Beach is much more than sand and sun. The city offers plenty of activities that encourage kids to explore and learn, all while getting out that extra energy. From museums to harbor tours, family attractions in Long Beach are fun for everyone.

Animal encounters

 

Given that Long Beach is right on the Pacific Ocean, it should come as no surprise that the city is a great place to see aquatic wildlife. If you want to see animals in the wild, consider a whale-watching, dolphin-watching, or harbor cruise. For a guaranteed sighting, head over to the Aquarium of the Pacific, home to thousands of animals from the world's waters.

 

The Aquarium of the Pacific

 

Kids will love getting an up-close look at the 11,000 animals who call the aquarium home, including sharks, sea otters, and rays. The aquarium also offers cruises for animal encounters in the wild.

 

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802Tel: +1 562 590 3100

 

The Aquarium of the Pacific website

 

Harbor Breeze Yacht Charters and Cruises

 

Harbor Breeze offers a variety of cruises in the waters along the coast of Long Beach. Choose the whale-watching cruise if you want to spot wildlife, or opt for a harbor cruise if sightseeing is more your family's speed.

 

100 Aquarium Way, Dock #3, Long Beach, CA 90802. Tel: +1 562 983 6880

 

Harbor Breeze Yacht Charters and Cruises website

Maritime history

 

Kids will have fun exploring historic ships docked in the city's waters, including the Queen Mary, an ocean liner that hosted Hollywood celebrities and even served in World War II. Junior seafarers also enjoy walking along the waterfront, checking out the huge container ships and cruise ships.

 

The Queen Mary

 

The historic Queen Mary offers several family-pleasing tours. The Ghosts & Legends adventure is a hit with older children. Aboard the Scorpion, a Cold War-era Russian submarine docked nearby, kids can explore the torpedo rooms and the cramped crew quarters.

 

1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802. Tel: +1 877 342 0738

 

The Queen Mary website

 

Battleship Iowa - Pacific Battleship centre

 

Battleship Iowa is the only battleship on the West Coast that's open to the public. Here, kids learn about some of America's most important conflicts, including World War II and the Korean War, through the experiences of sailors.

 

250 South Harbor Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90731. Tel: +1 877 446 9261

 

Battleship Iowa - Pacific Battleship centre website

 

Kid-friendly beaches

 

No trip to Long Beach would be complete without a day in the sand. Because they are located along the harbor, the city's beaches generally have calmer waters, making them perfect for kids. If older kids in your group want some more adventure, there's ample opportunity for windsurfing and the like. There's no shortage of sun in Long Beach, so budget for at least one day by the shore.

 

Alamitos Beach

 

Alamitos Beach is an easy walk from many downtown hotels. You can enjoy a view of the Queen Mary while the kids swim, and parking is available at several surrounding pay lots.

 

 

Theme parks

 

Long Beach's Southern California location puts you within easy reach of major theme parks. An hour's drive or less will take you to Disneyland® Park, Knotts Berry Farm, and Universal Studios Hollywood. All these parks offer fun for kids of all ages, so you can load up the car and head out for a day of excitement the whole family will enjoy.

 

Disneyland® Park

 

World-famous Disneyland® Park has it all, from rides to character meet-and-greets, and there's plenty of magic to inspire family memories. Nearby, Disney California Adventure® Park features 7 "lands," including Cars Land and Grizzly Peak.

 

1150 West Magic Way, Anaheim, CA 92803. Tel: +1 714 781 4636

 

Disneyland® Park website