12/01/2008

Holiday Things to Do and See in Long Beach



If you were a tourist in the area, what would you like to visit? (Or, maybe you live here, but you're looking for something to do in the holiday period.)

The Long Beach Museum of Art, in a former turn-of-the-20th-century residence, is on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with Claire's Cafe, outdoor sculpture, and recent gallery addition.



The Aquarium of the Pacific has winter day camps, educational programs for children, holiday events, harbor cruises, the aviary and the Shark Lagoon, an online learning center, and many many exhibits throughout its halls. Not to be missed. And visit the Queen Mary's hotel, ballroom, restaurants and shops--this is a historic ship still retaining many original features. El Dorado Park is one of the largest area parks in Los Angeles County--ponds, ducks, lots of parking, and has a Nature Center with walking trails.
And, for more gardens, visit the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSU Long Beach. The campus is also home to the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, and its holiday schedule of events--easy parking access off of Atherton.
For an easy walk over water, try the Belmont Pier or the Seal Beach Pier just over the line in Orange County. You might be there in time for the Christmas Parade in Belmont Shore or the Seal Beach Christmas Parade in Old Town, or take a holiday boat ride for the Harbor Lights.
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