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Two Days in Long Beach

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Long Beach, California is known for its stunning scenic beauty and amazing beaches. California itself is sunny and warm hospitality of the tourist industry here is quite welcoming. Long Beach is also home to many restaurants, eateries and hotels apart from major shopping spots plus pubs and bars. Whether it is an amazing nightclub or a beautiful beach, Long Beach is ahead of the others cities in many ways. Check out this 48 hour guide to learn more about how amazing Long Beach can be. 

48 Hours in Long Beach
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Day 1- First Day Tour of Awesome Long Beach

Take in breakfast at 8:00 am

This restaurant offers New American cuisine and South Asian dishes. Get a load of their rabbit bucatini and pastrami sandwiches that are simply delicious. With good deco and excellent food, this is the perfect choice for a leisurely breakfast. Mains cost anywhere between USD 11 and 26 here.

Address- 500 East First Street, Long Beach, CA
Telephone Number- 15629010235

Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific at 9:00 am

Aquarium of the Pacific is a massive indoor ocean which is hi-tech and you can get an amazing view of the water world here. From jellyfishes to sea lions, sharks to sea horses, you get to admire every type of sea creature up close and personal.  The cost for adults is around USD 29 while for senior citizens, it is USD 26 and USD 15 for children. This center remains open from 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening. 

Address- 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA
Telephone Number- 15625903100

Long Beach Museum of Arts is your next destination at 10:00 am

This is a beachfront location with the best snacks and exhibits. Combine a little cultural enrichment with a mid morning snack and enjoy the pop art, mid-century pieces and contemporary work in this field. For adults and seniors, the fee charged is USD 7 while for students, it is USD 6. The museum remains open from 11 in the morning to 5 in the evening Friday to Sunday and till 8 pm on Thursday. Expect to see work by regional artists here. 
Address- 2300, East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA
Website -  www.lbma.org

Enjoy a cosy drink at 11:00 am 

With 30 plus tequila types and 7 firepits, with a tiki themed patio, this bar and pub is more than the run of the mill. With the best of pubs, there is always the comfort factor and this gastropub scores on this. This bar remains open from 10 in the morning to 11 in the evening Monday to Thursday and till 1:00 am from Friday to Sunday.
Address- 700, Queens Way, Long Beach CA

At 12:00 pm, sports freaks can head to Riley’s 

Local sport lovers and tourists fond of action can check out Riley’s for awesome games and good pub grub.  The bar is open from 11 am to 12 in the night, Sunday to Thursday  and till 2 am on Friday and Saturday. 
Address- 5331, East 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA

1:00 pm and its time for a steak

555 East Steakhouse is known for being the prime spot for steak lovers, and it has an extensive wine list too. Good food and drinks will make you really appreciate this restaurant as a dining choice. With an extensive menu and choice cuts, this steakhouse is one of the best in Southern California. 

Address- 555 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach CA-90802
Telephone Number -  562370626

At 2:00 pm, head out to Museum of Latin American Art

MOLAA is the place to visit if you have a passion for Latin American art and you just can’t get enough of creativity and talent. This museum houses a permanent collection which will leave you spell bound. This museum admits adults and senior citizens for USD 9 and USD 6 for students. The museum is open from 11 in the morning to 5 in the evening Wednesdays and Thursdays and weekends and till 9 pm on Friday.  Rare Latin American art since the 1940s is showcased in the museum. 
Address- 628, Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach CA

Go to Banning Museum at 3:00 pm

Constructed in the 1860s, the original house of the Father of LA Harbor, Phineas Banning has seen many changes and is a treasure chest of antiques and 19th century furnishings.Suggested donation for adults is USD 5 and for children it is USD 1. The museum remains open from 12:30 to 2:30 pm Tuesdays to Thursdays and from 12:30 to 3:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Address- 401, East M. Street, Long Beach CA

Enjoy tea at 4:00 pm at Gladstone’s Long Beach

Gladstone’s Long Beach is an unusual restaurant with a spectacular view of the Rainbow Harbor and Queen Mary, an ancient ocean liner. You can choose from fresh fish, other seafood and sushi to grilled steak and chicken as well as pastas. 

Address- 330 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach CA-90802
Telephone Number -  5624328588
Fax Number- 5624328589

Take in the beauty of a garden at 5:00 pm 

This garden has been built in memory of Earl Burns Miller, by his wife. Similar gardens in Japan and the US are also there. What is unique about this garden is its educational, aesthetic and cultural wealth. 

Address- 1250, Bellflower Boulevard, BAC 202, Long Beach CA-90840
Telephone Number- 5629855930
Fax Number -  5629855362

It's Disneyland time at 6:00 pm 

Disneyland is one of the most exciting places to have an adventure. Long Beach’s Disneyland has some fun rides and amazing sights. 

Address- 1150 West Magic Way, Anaheim CA 92803

See the sights at Catalina island at 7:00 pm

Sunsets at Catalina Island are sensational and you can catch the Catalina express to reach this scenic nature spot located off Long Beach.

Catalina Express

Address- 400 Oceangate Street 300, Long Beach, CA-90802
Telephone Number - 3105197971
Fax- 3105487389

It’s Battleship IOWA at 8:00 pm 

Battleship IOWA educational museum is an awesome tourist attraction for those who want to journey through WWII, Cold War and Korean War. This center is also called the Battleship of Presidents because it has hosted 3 presidents namely Franklin D.Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Battleship IOWA is located on LA waterfront and is rich in historical and cultural narrative.

Address- 250 South Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro, CA-90731
Telephone Number- 8774469261
Toll Free Number- 8774469261

9:00 pm and its time for daily specials at Iguana Kelly

Situated in Eastside of Long Beach, this restaurant has a wonderful ambiance and awesome daily specials. 
Address- 4306, East Anaheim Street, Long Beach CA-90804
Telephone Number- 5624340447

Check out the Art Deco Observation Bar at 10:00 pm

This art deco observation bar is the first choice to relax and enjoy the beauty of a sunset or take in a few drinks. Don’t miss the beautiful artwork and amazing entertainment.  

Address- 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA-90802
Telephone Number- 5624353511

Rock Bottom is where you get the best beers at 11:00 pm 

Rock Bottom is where you get diverse menus and eclectic drinks. There are 29 such units in the US. Known for its fine decor and upbeat mood, this moderately priced joint has tasty items ranging from salmon fish and chips to Texas Fire Steak.  

Address- 1 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA-90802
Telephone Number- 5623082255
Fax Number- 5623082260

Rock the Night Away at 12:00 am 

Check out this awesome cocktail bar at Belmont Shore with the longest bar in Long Beach and amazing range of selections in the juke box. Happy hour prices are from 11 in the morning to 7 in the evening. There is a happy hour cum buffet at 4 pm on weekdays.

Address- 5335 East Second Street, Long Beach CA-90803
Telephone Number- 5624335901 

Day 1- Tour Map Guide of Long Beach

Day 2- Tour of the Scenic City of Long Beach

Sgt Pepper’s Piano Dueling Bar is where your second day begins at 8:00 am

This is an amazing indoor and outdoor bar with good music and amazing food. Its live events are something to look out for as well. Grab an early breakfast here. 

Address- 91, South Pine Avenue, the Pike, Long Beach, CA-90802
Telephone Number- 5624494600
Fax Number- 5624994699
Website -  www.pepperspianos.com/

Check out the CSULB campus at 9:00 am 

This combines an urban university with an intellectual atmosphere. It is perfect for young students seeking all round development. This university is a perfect blend of recreation and education as well as community living. 

Address- 1250, Bellflower Blvd, BH303-A, Long Beach CA-90840-0015
Contact Number- 5629855358

Scorpion is your next destination at 10:00 am

This Soviet era Foxtrot class submarine from the time of the Cold War has been powered by numerous diesel engines. Vessel was used for reconnaissance and training ship for crews  from Soviet states such as Libya and Syria. It is docked next to Queen Mary

Address- 200 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way
Telephone Number- 5034344180

Take a walk at Port of Long Beach at 11:00 am

This is California’s top sea port and commerce and trade are simply booming here. This port is known for goods movement and business operations. However, it also has an amazing view. Enjoy a pleasant walk on this seaport. 

Address- 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA
Telephone Number- 5625904121
Fax- 5629011735
Email- michael.gold@polb.com   

Become starstruck at 12:00 pm 

Check out Universal Studios in Hollywood, the entertainment center of LA. This studio has a movie based theme park and a studio tour as well as city walk activities. Step in here if Hollywood fascinates you.

Address- 100 University City Plaza, CA- 91608

Have a wonderful meal at 1:00 pm 

Grand Romance is a restaurant which is perfect for those who want to dine atop a river boat as it travels across Shoreline village and Long Beach lighthouse. You can charter the complete boat or just one deck. 

Address- Rainbow Harbor, 200 Aquarium Way, Dock 4, Long Beach, CA-90802
Telephone Number -  5266281600

See the SS Lane Victory at 2:00 pm 

After a pleasant lunch, you can check out the historic SS Lane Victory which is one of the leading harbor port ships in Long Beach. Entry for adults involves a fee of USD 3 and USD 1 for children. The port ship is open from 9 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon.

Address- Berth 94 San Pedro, CA

Take a stroll at 3:00 pm 

Enjoy a free stroll along downtown Long Beach. Be sure to check out the scenic beaches and enjoy a bit of fun with some water sports. 

4:00 pm is when you travel to Knott’s Berry Farm

This is one of the leading theme and amusement parks in Long Beach. Knott’s Berry offers everything from a ghost town to water rides. It is the best amusement park in all of California. Halloween at Knott’s Berry Farm is a special affair. 

Address- 8039, Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620
Telephone Number- 7142205200
Website -  www.knotts.com/

Let LA Helicopters take you for an aerial ride at 5:00 pm

Whether you want to check out the celebrity homes or amazing beaches and famous landmarks, Hollywood or Catalina islands, LA Helicopters is the way to go. You can even pilot an aircraft under the guidance of an instructor. 

Address- 3333 East Spring Street, Suite 134, Long Beach CA-90806
Telephone Number- 5623770396
Fax Number- 5623770396

Enjoy a walking tour at 6:00 pm 

Naples Walking Tours is next on your agenda. It offers tours at all times of the day and in all seasons. Check out their knowledgeable guides and intricate information about the city.

Address- The Colonnade and Toledo, Long Beach, CA- 90803
Telephone Number- 5628963625

Appreciate the cultural legacy of San Manuel reservation at 7:00 pm

San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a native American tribe located in California. These native Indian Americans are the original inhabitants of San Bernardino highlands. The reservation was established in the 1890s. There is even a Bingo and Casino center where you can savor the best gaming activities. 

Address- 777 San Manuel Boulevard, Highland CA- 92346
Telephone Number- 9098625050
Toll Free Number- 8003592464
Fax Number- 9094253541
Website -  www.sanmanuel.com/

Go to the Getty Center at 8:00 pm 

This center presents a collection of Western Art from the Middle Ages to current times against the scenic beauty of gardens, architecture and amazing views.

Address- 1200, Getty Center Drive, LA, CA-90049
Telephone Number- 3104407300
Website-  www.getty.edu/

9:00 pm and its time for fun at the casino

Gardens Casino is known for its amazing variety of games including Blackjack, Poker, Pai Gow Poker and an amazing menu with cuisines from all over the world. Dine and play at this unique casino.

Address- 11871, Carson Street, Hawaiian Gardens, CA, 90716
Telephone Number- 5628605997
Fax Number- 5628606762

Let Aroma Di Roma transport you into another world at 10:00 pm 

Aroma Di Roma is known for more than just its expresso, gelato or pasta. This is the gathering place of the intellectuals and the twitterati that form the basis of attitudes and trends in Long Beach. The pub opens from 5:30 to 10:30 pm Monday to Thursday and till 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, it opens from 6 to 10 pm. 

Address- 5327, East 2nd Street, CA

Visit the Belmont Brewing company at 11:00 pm 

This awesome gastropub is perfect for those who want to drink and savor a beautiful sunset in a leisurely fashion. Its menu goes beyond the usual pub grub too so you can grab some after dinner dessert.
Address- 25, 39th Place, Belmont Shore

Congregation Ale House is where the day ends at 12:00 am 

This church themed pub offers quality drinks and an amazing atmosphere not to mention a spectacular patio where you can enjoy a peg or two. This pub is open till 2 am on weekdays. 

Address- 201, East Broadway Avenue, Long Beach CA
Telephone Number- 15624322337

Day 2- Tour Map Guide of Long Beach

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