Long Beach. It’s one of our favorite gateway cities into LA and has so many things to do from day to night. The city is quite diverse and with neighborhoods like Belmont Shore, Naples Island, Bixby Knolls, and Wrigley, this lively LA coastal area offers so many activities designed to cater to every taste and preference. Take a beachfront stroll, explore an eclectic range of shops, hit up a movie, dine adventurously, immerse yourself in its pulsating nightlife, yes babes…Long Beach promises the FULL experience. If you’re coming out here for an entire day, let us be your guide. We’re about to take you through a list of things to do in Long Beach from day to night in hopes you’ll find this exhilarating coastal haven is nothing short of unforgettable. Get ready for a day that you’ll never forget… and one you’ll want to revisit over and over again.
Daytime Things To Do
1. Stroll through Shoreline Village
Shoreline Village is a picturesque waterfront market that offers a wide selection of restaurants, ranging from simple snacks to upscale waterfront fine dining, plus unique, quaint and niche shops that have beach wear, casual clothing, sunglasses, shoes and sandals, décor and home wear, hot sauces and more. The walk around Shoreline Village is a great place to recenter your mind and body and the views are incredible, especially around sunset. The options are endless and it’ll keep you and your group entertained for hours. If your with your bae, pick up a lock and can seal your love forever at the charming Love Lock Bridge by the pier. Shorline Village is a full day of seaside bliss and the perfect way to kick things off in the LBC.
2. Visit MOLAA
Long Beach has one of the best Latin Art museums in all of LA – the Museum of Latin American Art.. It features contemporary and modern art from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Museum is located in the city’s rapidly developing East Village Arts District and expands knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art through its Collection, ground-breaking Exhibitions, stimulating Educational Programs, and engaging Cultural Events.
3. Hang out at the Beach
Long Beach has about 7 beautiful beaches to choose from. Take the day and relax in the sun, swim in the ocean, or take a leisurely walk along the shoreline. First, there is Long Beach City Beach, the primary beach in Long Beach, and it’s also known for the iconic Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. There is also Belmont Shore Beach which features a popular shopping and dining district along 2nd Street. If you’ve got fido with you, head to Rosie’s Dog Beach. It’s a popular spot for pet owners.
When you can shop and find a deal that is the best kind of shopping. The Pike Outlets has harbor views, more than 30 retailers & restaurants, a cinema, comedy club (the Laugh Factory) , boutique hotel, plus Long Beach’s iconic carousel & Ferris wheel. Some of our favorite stores are the Restoration Hardware outlet and the Levi’s outlet store.
Pro-Tip: Start the day off at Ubuntu cafe. It is a great neighborhood cafe that offers delicious breakfasts plus pastry’s and espresso drinks. You can even order a picinic to go here where they will fill up your basket with charcuterie items and wine.
Nighttime Things To Do
1. The Queen Mary’s Observation Bar
The Observation Bar and Art Deco Lounge aboard the Queen Mary offers spectacular views of the Long Beach skyline and the ocean, making it a great place to unwind with a cocktail. The bar boasts an elegant decor that will make you momentarily forget you’re aboard a ship. It’s an unforgettable way to spend an evening in Long Beach.
2. Aquarium of the Pacific Late Nights
Occasionally, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts late night events where you can explore the exhibits after hours and enjoy special activities and programs. One of our favorite events are their “Night Dives.” It’s an exclusive 18+ after-hours event where you’ll be able to enjoy live music, savor delectable cuisine, and enjoy refreshing drinks. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.For October, they’ll be hosting “Fright Dive“... a spook-tacular evening with a live performance and DJs spinning in the Aquarium’s galleries, plus there will be cocktails, drinks, and food trucks on the front plaza.
3. Take a Sunset Cruise
The Long Beach harbor has a number of boats that offer sunset cruises. These are great romantic dates. But one of the experiences we can get behind is a tour with a glass bottom boat. A glass bottom boat will take you in search of marine life and exploring the natural ecosystems thriving in the port of Long Beach. This is a great outdoor activity and their last boat leaves at 7pm.
4. Go Axe Throwing
Locals have loved having a place to hang out, show off their competitive skills and socialize at the same time. Check out Bad Axe Throwing, right in the heart of downtown. They are the world’s biggest axe throwing club and can host competitive leagues, birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and corporate and team building events. They’re open until 11pm.
5. Visit 4th Street in Long Beach
4th Street is the place to be at night. The street comes alive and offers a vibrant array of bars and restaurants that guarantee an unforgettable evening in Long Beach. This is the place for Long Beach’s nightlife, where you can indulge in exceptional dining experiences and seamlessly transition to nearby bars or clubs for post-dinner fun. It’s perfect for a fantastic night out in the city.
For more things to do in LA, check out our social calendar here.