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Touring Long Beach: Where to Take Guests

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How to be the Ultimate Long Beach Tour Guide

They might just never want to leave when the tour ends!

Do you have guests visiting from out of town and want to show them a good time? Long Beach is an amazing city with lots to do, but sometimes it can be hard to come up with the perfect itinerary to entertain out-of-towners. Here’s your guide to showing off the best of Long Beach.

Go Boating

It seems like the obvious thing to do in Long Beach and certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. Regardless of your visitors’ preference, there is likely a boating experience they will enjoy. For the classy types, take them on a traditional gondola cruise through the Naples Canals. For the athletic types, go kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. You can also take guests on a Duffy boat cruise or take them to a kite surfing class.

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Enjoy Brunch with a View

Long Beach has so many delicious dining experiences, but what makes a good meal even better? A gorgeous oceanfront view! Check out The Boathouse on the Bay, Tantalum, Schooner or Later, The Reef, or Claire’s at the Museum.

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Bike the Beach Path

If you don’t own enough bikes for all your guests, rent one from the Long Beach Bike Share program and go for a ride along the scenic Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path.

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Taste Authentic Cambodian Food

Long Beach is home to the largest Cambodian population outside of Long Beach. While Cambodia Town is a bit grungy on the outskirts, it offers some of the best authentic dishes around. Check out our neighborhood profile for restaurants and markets to visit.

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Visit Fourth Street Retro Row

This unique stretch of Long Beach is the place to take your fashion savvy guests. Check out the vintage clothing stores, antique shops, cozy restaurants, and then catch a movie at The Art Theatre or take a free roller skating class at Moxi Skate Shop.

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Relax at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Pack a picnic and stroll through these gorgeous gardens on the Cal State Long Beach campus.

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Take the AquaLink

Impress guests by taking them on a boat taxi from downtown Long Beach to Belmont Shore for just $5. Check out the full service schedule here.

aqualinkGo to a Free Event

Depending on the time of the year, Long Beach offers tons of free events. In the summer take your visitors to an outdoor movie or concert. Also, check out the First Friday events and Stroll and Savor along Belmont Shore.

long-beach-muni-band__listingGo to the Queen Mary

Yes, every other tourist in town will be there too, but it’s just one of things you should take guests to. Grab a drink, enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants on board, or sign up for a ghost hunting tour!

51_qm_bow_duskBuy a Keepsake at Made in Long Beach

If your guests want to take home something to remember Long Beach, this store sells art, clothes, jewelry, soap and more – all made my local artists.

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