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Uno de los grandes cruceros de lujo del siglo XX, este buque ha sido la pieza central del Puerto de Long Beach desde 1967. Más grande que el Titanic, The Queen Mary permite a los turistas hacer una visita guiada de los puentes, salas de máquinas y cuartos oficiales, y otras zonas del buque que de otro modo son inaccesibles. El barco ha sido convertido en un hotel, y cuenta con varios restaurantes, tiendas y una capilla para bodas.
Ubicado en unas dos hectáreas de costa cerca del muelle de Long Beach, el Acuario del Pacífico les acerca las maravillas de las profundidades. Como indica el nombre, el acuario cuenta con más de 47 exhibiciones y más de 550 especies de vida marina del Pacífico. El acuario tiene un diseño encantador y cada especie está mostrada según la parte del océano a la que llama hogar. La Caleta de los Niños es un espacio de interacción para los más pequeños en el que se encontrarán cara a cara con manta rayas, mientras que las exhibiciones de aguas vivas son las mejores después de las de famoso Acuario de la Bahía de Monterey.
The Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) is the place to come if you're interested in Latin American art. It displays a number of works which provide a deeper insight into Latin American culture. The museum also provides a wide range of entertainment, hosting rotating exhibitions and cultural events on the premises. Educational programs are also held here.
This is a world-class museum which is home to permanent collections of fine art covering the past 300 years of art history. The museum hosts unique exhibitions that rotate on a quarterly basis, focusing on a variety of art forms ranging from paintings and textiles to sculptures and ceramics.
The perfect thing to do on a bright sunny day is to head to Rancho Los Alamitos. Admire the 19th Century ranch house that houses an interesting museum about local history, then explore the surrounding area. Make sure you stop by the barn and check out the livestock, which is often the highlight for children. You can also stroll through the beautiful garden. The gift shop has interesting things to take back home too. Overall, a historical place with lots of education, along with fun thrown in.
Inspired by Tokyo's Imperial Gardens, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden opened its doors in 1981 and is a part of the California State University. The funds were donated by its namesake's widow whose love for gardens resulted in the building of this place. Dotted with trees like the Japanese black pines, pink cloud cherry, fern pines, saucer magnolias and Chinese flame trees, this serene garden is a sight to behold. A koi pond with a bridge and fish, garden art, pagoda, tea-house, fountains and a zig-zag bridge complete the beautiful landscape. The garden is a much favored spot for weddings.
Take the kids for a day of outdoor education to the El Dorado Nature Center where you can learn all about the local flora on one of their Wildflower Getaways; a nature walk for those aged 10 and older. You can also take advantage of the campfire grounds, where many families spend their Friday nights sharing stories and roasting marshmallows. You must call ahead and register for both of these activities. Or just sit by one of the lakes during a sunny day and breathe in the fresh air.
Naples Island in Long Beach, located in the middle of Alamitos Bay, was the brainchild of Arthur Parson, who wanted to create a romantic spot that resembled Italy. He dug canals and built cozy cottage homes on the water. There is a park in the center of the island and a small beach encircling most of it. The most charming part of the island is the gondola rides that can be taken through the canals.
Once known as the "Tin Can Beach", Bolsa Chica State Beach is now a popular beach which attracts visitors all year-round. It is an ideal place to go sunbathing, play volleyball, have a family day out and try other water sports. Surf fishing of fishes like croaker and corbina are among the other activities you can partake in here. Also, on this three-mile long sandy stretch is a designated place where you can camp in your RV vans. Bolsa Chica is a great spot to sit back and enjoy everything that the beach has to offer.
Located in the downtown Long Beach Harbor, Shoreline Village shopping center features some great shops and restaurants. From here you can also take boat tours of the Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors. Restaurants include The Yard House, Tequila Jack's, Tugboat Pete's and Parkers' Lighthouse. At sunset, an excursion along the Long Beach Harbor Marina is perfect and at night, both The Yard House and Tequila Jack's are hopping bars that serve several beers and tequilas.