As a couple who loves going for walks, we usually stick to our favorite routes. However, one day we decided to switch things up and try something new. So, we headed out to downtown Long Beach, and boy, was it worth it!
Together, we started our walk on the boardwalk, feeling the sun on our faces and the wind in our hair. As we strolled along, we saw people skating, biking, and running past us. It was such an invigorating experience to share! We continued walking until we reached the lighthouse, which offered stunning views of the ocean. The sound of waves crashing against the rocks was music to our ears.
Next, we made our way around the harbor, watching the boats bob up and down in the water. The view was simply breathtaking, and we felt so alive! Then, we arrived at Shoreline Village, which was bustling with activity. There were street performers, vendors selling their wares, and people enjoying delicious food at the restaurants.
From there, we walked through the artist town, admiring the colorful murals on the buildings and the unique sculptures on display. The vibrant energy of the place was infectious, and we couldn’t help but smile. Finally, we made our way back to our car, feeling invigorated and refreshed after our two-hour adventure.
We couldn’t believe that we had never explored downtown Long Beach together before, and we were pleasantly surprised by how much it had to offer. It was an unforgettable experience that we’ll cherish for a long time.
What I saw:
Shoreline Village is as colorful as it gets, with shops painted in bright colors of yellow, pink, and blue. You can’t miss this area, as the waterfront boardwalk stands out even from far away.
The view of the water was the focal point of our walk, with boats parked in the harbor against the glimmering water, bringing life to our walk. We sauntered our way around the village to check out what else was there waiting for us to see. We found a few shops selling ice cream, candies, and knick-knacks, benches placed all around the area, and a mini love lock similar to the one in Paris stationed in a corner. It seemed this place was well-equipped for tourists looking for a place to spend the day.
The Aquarium of the Pacific
Southern California’s largest aquarium boasts an incredible 11,000 animal exhibits that will have you feeling like you’ve just dived into a real-life “Finding Nemo” adventure. But wait, there’s more! Don’t let the high ticket prices intimidate you. Believe it or not, there’s a way for you to save big time! As a AAA member, you’re eligible for a whopping 20 percent discount on your tickets! But wait, there’s more! You can also inquire with your company to see if they offer a corporate discount. That’s exactly what we did when we went, and we ended up getting an incredible deal. So don’t hesitate, grab your tickets now and enjoy the experience without breaking the bank!
Tour the Queen Mary
Imagine standing at the top of the lighthouse, gazing out at the breathtaking view of the sea, and then suddenly catching a glimpse of the majestic Queen Mary. That’s right! From the vantage point of the lighthouse, you can witness this famous landmark in all its glory. But wait, there’s more! Not only can you see the ship from afar, but you can also head down to the shoreline and experience it up close and personal. There’s so much to do on the Queen Mary, from eating delicious food to participating in a ghost hunting tour! It’s an experience you simply can’t miss.
The Pike Outlets Shopping Center
the Pike Outlet Mall, conveniently located just across the street from the boardwalk! As I strolled through this shopper’s paradise, I was amazed by the variety of chain stores, and even spotted a Starbucks for a quick pick-me-up. Now, you might be thinking, “What’s so special about that?” But let me tell you, the discounts you’ll find here are anything but ordinary! From trendy clothing to home decor, there’s something for everyone at prices you won’t believe.
East Village Arts District
Let me introduce you to my favorite area, where the art scene is alive and thriving. Everywhere you look, you’ll be amazed by the stunning graffiti murals that adorn the walls, the sleek loft buildings that house some of the most creative agencies you’ve ever seen, and the incredible juice stores that will tantalize your taste buds. But that’s not all – the best part is that everything is conveniently walkable, so you can take your time and soak it all in. And let’s not forget about the ample parking, which makes it easy to explore every nook and cranny of this art lover’s paradise.