Long Beach Attractions

It seems that no matter where you go in Long Beach, there is something interesting to see. At every turn, the natural scenery, the climate, and the people make the entire experience something that is visually captivating in so many ways. That is also in keeping with the fact that Long Beach is a place that is proud of its many attractions. First-time visitors as well as a good number of seasoned locals enjoy visiting the many places that give the area its uniqueness. So whether you are interested in the city's natural beauty, its cultural heritage or its many entertaining diversions, expect to see quite a bit when you set out to take in Long Beach's many attractions.

Griffith Observatory
As long as there are stars in the California night sky, the Griffith Observatory throws a star party every night. The venue offers these free get-togethers with a little help from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. Also with the facility is the Samuel Oschin Planetarium; this planetarium gets in on the fun by offering $7 tickets to three exciting shows that spotlight the wonders of the universe, of the sea, and of the ocean. The observatory is also the home of the new Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon presentation theater, so there is much to do here between the time you are peering heavenward.

Address: 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027 - MAP
Phone: (213) 473-0800
Web: www.griffithobs.org

Disneyland Park
One of, if not the most famous attractions in this part of California is Disneyland Park. The “happiest place on earth” teems with pure excitement and wonder thanks to not only the hospitality of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, but also because of the many rides, amusements and sights that the park is famous for. This is a truly magical place that brings out the kid in everyone with many popular attractions. Tap into your inner prince or princess when you experience Tomorrowland to Fantasyland in no time at all. Don’t forget to buy your mouse ears before your visit is done!

Address: 1313 South Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802 - MAP
Phone: (714) 781-4565
Web: disneyland.disney.go.com

Aquarium of the Pacific
Dive into a world that will captivate your senses at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Marvel at the incredible number of species that make their home beneath the ocean's surface as you learn about them with the help of the many interactive exhibits, attractions, and impressive aquarium tanks that are housed here. From the frigid waters of the North Pacific to the warmer Tropical Pacific, come and celebrate all the life that lives within and beside the Pacific, the world's largest ocean.

Address: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 - MAP
Phone: (562) 951-1629
Web: www.aquariumofpacific.org

Rancho Los Alamitos
Ever wonder how California assimilated the cultures of the Native Americans, the Mexicans and the Spanish? Connect all of the individual influences and learn about how they helped shape the California that we know today when you visit the Rancho Los Alamitos. This attraction has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places not just for its cultural significance, but also for maintaining its historic ranch, ranch house and gardens that date all the way back to 1800.

Address: 6400 Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815 - MAP
Phone: (542) 431-3541
Web: www.rancholosalamitos.com

Museum of Latin American Art
Art is born out of both inspiration and reflection. A specific geographic area can inspire the creation of some truly amazing art as well as reflect the attitudes and feelings of a particular point in time. Nowhere is that more obvious than at Long Beach's Museum of Latin American Art. These works seem to come alive with both a dimensionality and a spiciness that gives them a personality all their own. The facility was founded in 1996 and holds the distinction of being the only museum of its kind in the United States.

Address: 628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 - MAP
Phone: (562) 437-1689
Web: www.molaa.org

Long Beach Museum of Art
Art isn't meant to just engage your eyes. Great art moves you, speaks to you, and inspires you to want to learn more about it. That's exactly what you will experience when you visit the Long Beach Museum of Art. Featuring some of the most impressive pieces of work rendered in various media, this popular attraction embraces both the creations and the creators of art. The museum itself qualifies as a unique piece of art in its own right, as its stunning construction and design allow the building to be situated atop a bluff which offers an equally mesmerizing view of Long Beach Harbor.

Address: Long Beach, CA - MAP
Phone: (562) 494-1014
Web: www.lbma.org

The American Museum of Straw Art
When you visit a museum and take in all of the exhibits and attractions there, you can see a variety of creations that use paint, pottery, wire, glass, photography, and more. But imagine visiting a museum where all of the artwork is made of the same material! That is exactly what you will experience when you visit Long Beach's American Museum of Straw Art. The art that is made with straw requires an impressive amount of focus, concentration and creativity. See the various pieces and exhibits when you visit this truly one-of-a-kind venue.

Address: 23234 Snowden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802 - MAP
Phone: (562) 431-3540
Web: www.strawartmuseum.org

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
Amid the many places to see and things to do, the hustle and bustle of Long Beach is intoxicating and fun, but if you need a bit of a break, enjoy spending a little quiet time at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. This inviting garden attraction was dedicated in April of 1981 through the generosity of Mrs. Loraine Miller Collins in memory of her husband, Earl Burns Miller. Maintained in association with California State University Long Beach, the garden attracts several visitors who marvel at its lush landscape and colorful flowers.

Address: 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840 - MAP
Phone: (562) 985-5930
Web: www.csulb.edu