Long Beach may come second in city size next to Los Angeles in L.A. County, but it’s no less varied in neighborhood diversity.
Many Long Beach neighborhoods become hubs of activity in summer because of an abundance of retail shops and restaurants. Scenic and historic features set it apart from the rest of Los Angeles. Here are 4 popular Long Beach experiences we’re sure you’ll fall in love with.
NAPLES GONDOLA RIDE
It’s easy to fall in love with Naples, thanks to its public canals, that are especially charming on a gondola ride. This Italian-inspired Long Beach community was developed in the early 1900’s as the “Dreamland of Southern California” and consists of three islands filled with narrow streets and walkways, canals, and beautiful homes and boats. Friendly gondoliers cruise these waterways from mid-day to almost midnight, but sunset is especially popular for a romantic cruise.
THE QUEEN MARY
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Explore the World War II-era cruise ship the ‘Queen Mary’ while in Long Beach. Step aboard this floating museum and learn about the Queen Mary’s past through interactive exhibits. Explore an authentic Cold War-era Russian submarine and her alleged haunted status.
ROSIE’S DOG BEACH
Long Beach is home to the only off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County. Rosie’s Dog Beach is 3-acre waterfront park that is visited by dogs and puppies of all breeds, shapes and sizes. Dig in the sand, jump in the waves, throw tennis balls and network with other dog-parents. Ample parking is available.
LONG BEACH FLEA MARKET
Long Beach Veterans Stadium is the home of the Long Beach Flea Marketheld the 3rd Sunday of every month in Long Beach. Over 800 dealers exhibit, featuring a huge selection of antiques and collectibles for sale at bargain prices. It was named BEST SWAP MEET in Los Angeles by L. A. Magazine.
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