As World Oceans Day comes to a close and as summer starts to take off, a great thing to do will be to enjoy some fun in the sun. Also, it’s great to enjoy the waves. If you’re luckily enough to live in the Southern California area, you more than likely have plenty of options when it comes to beaches. If you live in the Long Beach area, as evidenced by the namesake, there are also plenty of places nearby. Located by the second busiest seaport in the United States, (behind the Port of Los Angeles) Long Beach is a bustling city with plenty to offer. Comprised of over 81 miles of beaches and 64 miles of walking trails and bike ways, and 92 city-owned parks, the city is great for any nature lover.
If you’re looking for some beaches and things to do in Long Beach, here are plenty of suggestions:
- Alamitos Bay Beach: Bay Shore Ave and E Division St Long Beach, CA 90803
- Alamitos Beach: Alamitos Ave and Ocean Blvd Long Beach, CA 90803
- Alamitos Park Beach: 72nd Place Long Beach, CA 90803
- Belmont Shore Beach: 4000 East Olympic Plaza, Long Beach, CA 90803
- Colorado Lagoon Park: 5119 East Colorado Street, Long Beach, CA 90814
- Granada Beach and Rosie’s Dog Beach: 5000 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
- Long Beach City Beach: 1 Junipero Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90803
- Marine Stadium Beach: 5255 Paoli Way, Long Beach, CA 90803
- Mothers Beach: 5839 East Appian Way, Long Beach, CA 90803
- Peninsula Bayside Beach: E Bayshore Walk between 55th Pl and 68th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803
- Peninsula Beach: E Seaside Walk between 55th Pl and 69th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803
- Shoreline Aquatic Park: 308 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802
For more information on beaches in the Southern California area, you can visit californiabeaches.com/southern.
As mentioned above, there are around 92 parks in the Long Beach area. Here are just a few of what the city has to offer:
- Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier: 35 39th Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803
- Bluff Park: 2500 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803
- Colorado Lagoon: 5119 E Colorado St, Long Beach, CA 90803
- DeForest Park and Wetlands: 6255 De Forest Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805
- Jack Dunster Marine Biological Reserve: Boathouse Lane and Los Cerritos Channel
- El Dorado Nature Center: 7550 East Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90815
- Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve Park: 201 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802
- Rainbow Lagoon: E Shoreline Dr & Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
For more information on local parks, you can visit the Long Beach Parks and Recreation directory.
Although World Oceans Day has just passed, there are other ways that you can enjoy the beach, sea life, and the rest of the outdoors:
- The Aquarium of the Pacific is (according to its official website) “the fourth most attended aquarium in the nation. It displays about 12,000 animals and more than 100 exhibits that celebrate the planet’s largest and most diverse body of water, the Pacific Ocean.” Although the aquarium does have animals in captivity, it does its best with conservation efforts and more. It breeds and rehabilitates endangered species, promotes sustainable seafood, provides watershed education, as well as education on climate resilience and community science.
Hope you enjoy the outdoors this summer!
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