Things to do in Long Beach

Welcome to Long Beach, the chillest city in America. This Southern Californian coastal spot is one giant playground, replete with beach culture, history, and located just a short shuttle ride from Hollywood. Check out Vinnie Van GO's guide to Long Beach for the spots you can’t miss when you’re in town.

Long Beach Annual Events

Tiki Beach Festival

This free annual event in mid-August is one of the last big events of the summer for Long Beach. Each year, Belmont Shore comes alive with food vendors, performers, and concerts. With Tiki-style parties happening all around town, make sure to check ahead for where the party is. Reserve a festival shuttle to this or any festival in Long Beach.

Naples Christmas Boat Parade

You might not think of Long Beach as the destination to get you in the holiday spirit, but the Naples Holiday Boat Parade is the perfect annual event to do so. This local tradition has been going on for more than 60 years, and sees the canals and streets of the Naples neighborhood festively lit in celebration of the holidays.

Alfredo’s Ultimate Beach Party

This local spot is famous for its Long Beach laidback attitude and beachfront location. Each year, Alfredo’s hosts a number of competitions, performances, games, and food galore! This is a great way to spend the day with family and friends. Book your next beach party shuttle with GO!

Long Beach Stadium

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center

If you’re attending a tradeshow, convention, corporate meeting, or entertainment event in Long Beach, odds are it will be here. The facilities boast of several ballrooms and an open air banquet hall, making it a prime location to handle events of any size.

300 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach Landmarks

RMS Queen Mary

This historic floating hotel is a true jewel of Long Beach. The now-retired ocean liner was built in the 1930s, but today attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. You can stay on the Queen Mary overnight — or visit her onboard museum or eat in one of her many restaurants!

Aquarium of the Pacific

This public aquarium on Rainbow Harbor hosts more than 11,000 ocean animals with more than 500 species represented. It celebrates the Pacific Ocean, the largest most bio-diverse body of water on the planet. This is a great place to bring kids!

100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802


Located just a short shuttle ride from all of Long Beach’s main hotels, Naples is a neighborhood built on three islands in the Alamitos Bay. The community is famous for its canals and beautiful waterways. There’s no better place to spend the day strolling around!

Long Beach Neighborhoods

There are so many wonderful ways to take in the Long Beach area. The Queen Mary, for example, offers its own tours throughout the day, giving you a glimpse into nautical history. For a more traditional bus tour, check out Big Red Bus. Since Long Beach is a port city, there’s no better way to see it than by water. For aquatic experiences, try out Rubber Duck Tours or Long Beach Whale Watching.

Long Beach Food

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

This local favorite is known for delicious barbecue as well as its craft beer selection. Chow down on the area’s best comfort food, in a hip atmosphere.

210 E 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90802

James Republic

Located inside a Courtyard Marriott is this hidden gem, serving up some of the area’s best seafood. Farmers market produce and a sustainable menu make this a favorite amongst the eco-conscious, as well as the foodies.

500 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90802

Aji Peruvian Cuisine

Aji is beloved amongst Long Beach locals and tourists alike, and it’s no wonder why. The Dungeness crab-topped causas are Vinnie’s favorite – but you can’t go wrong with anything on this Peruvian menu!

2308 E 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814

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