Do you like consistent year-round weather? Are you a fan of live performances? Could you spend hours relaxing on the beach? You can have all of this and much more when you move to Long Beach!
Located approximately 25 miles south of Los Angeles, Long Beach is comprised of eight unique neighborhoods nestled along the waterfront. Our Los Angeles moving company has relocated hundreds of families to Long Beach over the years, and we’re always excited to tell them about the adventures that await them in their new city. To help you on your way, our knowledgeable Long Beach movers have put together a list of the top things to see and do in this oceanfront city with small-town charm.
1. Take Part in an Annual Event
Long Beach knows how to throw a good party! From long-running festivals to one-of-a-kind sporting experiences, you’re sure to find an event that will become a family tradition—either as spectators or participants.
The “can’t miss” annual events in Long Beach include:
- Grand Prix of Long Beach – April
- Long Beach Pride Festival and Parade – May
- Annual Long Beach Sea Festival – Summer
- Long Beach Crawfish Festival – July
- Catalina Ski Race – July
- Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival – August
- JetBlue Long Beach Marathon - October
2. See a Live Performance
No matter what genre of music you prefer, you’ll find it in Long Beach. The city is home to several music and theater venues so you can always have a live performance on your calendar. From operas and symphonies to local theater companies, bands, and DJ’s, there’s something for every member of the family. A few of the top venues are:
- Long Beach Opera
- Long Beach Symphony
- Music Angelica
- Long Beach Playhouse
- International City Theatre
- The Federal Bar
- Live After 5
- Sevilla Nightclub
3. View Incredible Street Art
If you enjoy strolling through vibrant neighborhoods to view custom murals, Long Beach is the place to be. Artists from the city’s Mural and Cultural Arts Program created many of the murals. In fact, the “Whaling Walls” mural adorns the exterior of the Long Beach Sports Arena and once held the record for the world’s largest mural from Guinness World Records. Two of the most popular places to view Long Beach’s murals are the East Village Arts District and the annual Pow! Wow! Long Beach Festival.
4. Bike Around
Over the years, Long Beach has made it’s mark as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the U.S. Experienced cyclists and casual riders can explore more than 100 miles of bike routes and a charming beachfront bike path. The city is also home to the Bikestation, the first attended indoor bicycle parking facility in the U.S.
5. Eat Great Food
From beachfront cafes to elegant hideaways, Long Beach offers up some great cuisine. More than 100 restaurants are located within an eight block radius of downtown, with countless others sprinkled throughout the city.
6. Eat More Great Food – With Your Dog!
Long Beach is known as a “dog-friendly” city and several restaurants invite dogs onto their patios, while others actually have menus just for your four-legged friends. Utopia, Café Sevilla, The Attic on Broadway, Restauration, and Beachwood BBQ are top choices for outdoor dining with pets, and KC Branaghans, The Attic, and Pie Bar will make your dog their own special dish.
If dining with your dog isn’t your thing, there are more than 10 off-leash dog recreation parks located throughout the city.
7. Explore The Queen Mary
The Queen Mary sailed the seas from 1936 to 1967 with her final docking in Long Beach. Today, locals and visitors alike can tour the ship, sit down for a meal, and even stay on board in the hotel. As The Queen Mary is rumored to be haunted, there is even a nighttime tour that takes brave guests through many of the ship’s complex hallways and famous rooms.
8. And Finally … Hit the Beach!
From swimming and sailing to jet skiing and kayaking, Long Beach sports 5-1/2 miles of sandy beaches with access points in the Belmont Shore/Alamitos Bay area, Marina Green Park, and Bluff Park. A paved bike path frequently used by walkers, runners, cyclists, and bladers spans the length of the beach from Downtown to Belmont Shore.
Are you ready to start planning your move to Long Beach? As a family-owned and operated business for over 50 years, Blue Chip Moving & Storage is the region’s premier choice for local movers who can quickly and efficiently relocate your family or business to Long Beach. Call us today to learn more about our Los Angeles moving company and let us create a customized move plan that fits your precise needs and budget! You can also use our simple online form to request a free moving estimate right now.
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