California Dreamin' in Long Beach
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.