No trip to the seaside city of Long Beach would be complete without experiencing the waterfront. There are a number of delicious restaurants offering a delectable meal paired with water views. Yard House is a popular restaurant and bar with hearty American fare, an impressive selection of draft beers and happy hour from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Friday and 10pm to closing time Sunday through Wednesday. Parkers’ Lighthouse is another great option, especially for those looking for an upscale and romantic experience. The restaurant has three levels — including a two-story wine cellar — and serves up delicious Southern California food fare. Their happy hour is from 3pm to 7pm Monday through Friday in their Lounge and 3pm to 5pm on the patio.
For a historic meal, the Queen Mary was once the world’s most luxurious ship and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside you’ll find a number of restaurants, bars, attractions, tours, events and even a spa.
After you’ve eaten, burn off some calories by cycling along the waterfront’s designated bike and walking path. Shopping is another great way to stay active on the waterfront, as it’s filled with a mix of boutique and touristy shops. Some popular places to shop include The Pike at Rainbow Harbor and Shoreline Village.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of Long Beach Waterfront’s top attractions. Featuring over 11,000 aquatic animals and about 500 species, you could spend hours perusing the 32 exhibits. See a shark lagoon with over 150 sharks, watch adorable seals and sea lions up close, and analyze whale calls and pet manta rays. You can also spend some time at Shoreline Aquatic Park, where you’ll find the Lion’s Lighthouse, perfect for taking in views of downtown Long Beach and the harbor. And to relax, nothing beats simply breathing in the waterfront’s fresh air, watching colorful sail boats go by and keeping your eyes peeled for seals and dolphins.