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California Dreamin' in Long Beach

Updated on September 9, 2014

Long Beach is a Vibrant City with Lots to See and Do

Long Beach, California is my home. I have lived in the Long Beach area for most of my life and I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. The weather in Long Beach is beautiful for most of the year. The shopping is good and the restaurants are even better. The people are great and are as diverse as it gets. Here in Long Beach we have people representing many different cultures and nationalities.

Long Beach is a wonderful place to live, and a great place to visit. From the beaches and parks to aquariums and museums, Long Beach has something for everyone. There is art, theater, nature and more in this big city suburb. Here you will find just a sample of everything Long Beach has to offer.

~Fun Fact~

With a population of 462,257, Long Beach is the 7th largest city in California and the 36th largest city in the United States.

It is the largest city that is not a county seat.

The Aquarium of the Pacific

My favorite Long Beach Attraction

I LOVE the Aquarium of the Pacific. It is an aquarium totally dedicated to the Pacific Ocean. The exhibits feature different areas of the Pacific, including the Gulf of California, the Pacific Northwest and the tropical areas of the Pacific. There is also a sea otter exhibit, touch tanks, and a lorikeet bird exhibit. My kids love to touch the sharks and sting rays and feed the lorikeets.

~Fun Fact~

Long Beach is a green city. It is one of the first cities in the US to ban plastic grocery bags.

The Queen Mary is an ocean liner that sailed the Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1957. She has since been retired and is permanently docked in Long Beach. The Queen Mary is open daily for tours. These tours include a "Ghosts and Legends" tour that takes guests through some of the supposedly haunted parts of the ship, and a self-guided tour of a Russian submarine called the Scorpion. The ship also hosts events such as the Long Beach Jazz Festival.

The Queen Mary is also a hotel. You can book a room and spend the night in one of the ship's state rooms. The hotel is also available for special events and banquets. Many local high schools hold proms and reunions there. There is even a wedding chapel on board for couples who wish to get married on a vintage cruise ship.

~Fun Fact~

The Port of Long Beach is the second-busiest seaport in the United States. More than $140 billion in goods passes through the port each year.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Every April Long Beach hosts its very own grand prix. The popular event lasts for three days and consists of several races, including a celebrity race and indy car races. The race track is down by the oceanfront, near downtown, the Convention Center and the Aquarium of he Pacific. The Convention Center is filled with a "Lifestyle Expo" with zip lines, concerts an a go-kart track.

~Fun Fact~

Oil was discovered in Long Beach in the 1920's. The area became one of the country's biggest oil producers. Oil is still being pulled out of the ground here.

~Fun Fact~

Long Beach was originally inhabited by the peaceful Tongva Native American tribe. In 1784 it was part of a grant given by Spain's King Carlos III to a Spanish soldier named Manuel Nieto. The area was known as Rancho Los Nietos.

Do You Love Long Beach? What do you like about Long Beach?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We had our prom on the Queen Mary. I wonder if they still use her for prom night?

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      My dad often talked of his voyage on the Queen Mary. California is very beautiful what a wonderful place to live.

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      I love Southern California, spent 10 years in San Diego. I really miss the ocean. I would like to see more pictures of the beach itself. I've been to the Queen Mary, very interesting.

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      Melody Lassalle 6 years ago from California

      Long Beach sounds likes a place I'd find in the SF Bay Area. I think I would like it there.

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 6 years ago

      I'd love to visit your place, but I'm too far away! Great lens, I love the fun facts and your aquarium photos are really great!

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      We spend a lot of time in Long Beach as it is about an hour from us. The Aquarium is a favorite place to go but I like to wander through downtown and check out the shops. Sometimes we just drive there and figure out what to do when we arrive.

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I'd love to visit. I love your aquarium pictures - AWESOME!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I spent a good part of my first 25 years in Long Beach. My aunt lived there, and we often visited her, since I grew up in Bellflower. When I was young my family often ate dinner at the Villa Riviera, which I believe is now gone, and we also spent many a Sunday afternoon at the Pike, which I also think disappeared or was redone and brought back. I taught at both Long Beach Poly and Long Beach Jordan in the 1960's, spent a year at what was then Long Beach State College, and I've spent many a happy hour at Acres of Books -- also gone now. If you read my lens on Favorite places from my childhood, you will see some of the places that were important to me in Long Beach. I was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach and also lived there for two years when I was teaching. Unfortunately, I never visited The aquarium, since I left before it was built. Most of the Long Beach I knew is gone, and it almost looks like a place I've never been when I see the coastline now. I got my first sunburn on the beach in Long Beach, and I have been on the Queen Mary. You have brought back many memories.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      nicely done - thumbs up

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Sounds like a great place to live or visit - and enjoyed learning about it through the fun facts :)

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      Really nice pictures and I enjoyed the fun facts. When I hear "Long Beach", I think of our "Long Beach Island", a popular jersey shore destination, but I can see you've got quite the long beach thing going there on the other coast:-) Beautiful!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I have never been to Long Beach, but it sounds wonderful! My son would love staying on the Queen Mary. He is my "ghost" and haunted places partner. LOL, in fact he is the only family member who really enjoys doing that kind of thing with me. Interestingly enough, he is also my aquarium buddy. Ummmm, this definitely sounds like a trip we need to make before he decides to get married. Your aquarium pictures are fabulous!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This is a really interesting lens about Long Beach. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Eva Varga 6 years ago from NorCal

      I've never been ... but in 2 weeks, I'll be a California resident so will most definitely explore Long Beach and other CA hot spots! :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      This sounds like my kind of place.