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10 Fun Things To Do in Long Beach

We love Long Beach. Our city is all about living by the ocean, and beaches, bike paths and boardwalks beckon. But there’s so much more to discover. Our vibrant neighborhoods are home to a dynamic community of outstanding restaurants, unique retail establishments, and other entrepreneurial businesses. Here are 10 great ways to explore Long Beach, support local businesses, and discover fun things to do right now.

Virtual Taste of Downtown: Takeout Together

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) is proud to present its first Virtual Taste of Downtown event Friday, May 29 from 3pm – 8:30pm and Saturday, May 30 from 12pm – 8:30pm. This free community event will stream live on Facebook to support Downtown businesses, residents and our community. Our Taste of Downtown virtual event offers an in-home culinary experience and encourages local takeout. Downtown restaurants and businesses will promote their offerings, connect with behind-the-scenes tours and demos, and socially engage with patrons and the community.

DTLB Farmers Market  4th & North Promenade Long Beach, CA 90802

Get your fresh produce & provisions every Friday from 10am – 2pm. Downtown Long Beach Farmers Market vendors and certified growers include Apple Sherrill Orchards, Captain Cactus, Circle K Ranch, Don Betos Farm Divine Harvest, Energy Bee Farm, Ha’s Apple Farm, Robert Bozzini Fernandez Dates, Shigeru Nursery, and many more. 

Ride the Shoreline Pedestrian Bikepath 

Glide, ride or stride along the water’s edge on the main beach from Alamitos Bay to Shoreline Village. This 3.1-mile bike path is a 17-foot-wide concrete trail on the beach, extending from Alamitos Avenue on the west to 54th Place on the east. Two six foot lanes are for bicycle traffic and one five foot lane is for pedestrians. The City of Long Beach has four other major Class I bike paths within its boundaries encompassing over 60 miles.

Shop Fourth Street Retro Row

Restyle your home with reclaimed treasures from Casa de Luxe, one of the nearly 100 independently owned and operated stores on Fourth Street Long Beach, known as Retro Row. These unique businesses offer goods, foods, and experiences you simply won’t find anywhere else. Check their websites for curbside pickup and delivery details.

Rosie’s Dog Beach  5000 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90803

For nearly two decades, Rosie’s Dog Beach has been the local go-to for Long Beach residents and their furry friends. The off-leash beach is a 4-acre, non-fenced site in Belmont Shore that was started by Justin Rudd, founder/director of Haute Dogs, a diverse and growing network of dog owners, lovers, educators, rescuers and supporters. In 2010, the beach area was officially renamed “Rosie’s Dog Beach” to honor the life of Rosie the Bulldog, Justin Rudd’s dog, who inspired this canine wonderland. It remains the only off-leash dog beach in L.A. County.

Afters Ice Cream  5708 7th St. Long Beach, CA 90803

Time to chill out. Afters is more than just ice cream – it’s a lifestyle. Afters Ice Cream was launched to be an outlet for creativity through flavors and design. Known for their handcrafted ice cream and signature flavors like Milk and Cereal, Cookie Monster and Jasmine Milk Tea, Afters’ creative kitchen keeps pushing the limits of ice cream flavors. They are now open for takeout or curbside pickup.

Rainbow Lagoon Swan Boats  Shoreline Drive at Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802

Looking for a brand new experience that’s a refreshing change from the typical beachside pastimes? The new Swan Boat rentals at Rainbow Lagoon Park by Wheel Fun Rentals is a one-of-a-kind outdoor activity in Downtown Long Beach. Soak up the Long Beach vibe as you drift alongside Shoreline Drive, past the Long Beach Convention Center and around Rainbow Lagoon’s grassy islands. 

Shoreline Village Boardwalk  429 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802

Take a stroll on the Shoreline Village Boardwalk! Shoreline Village restaurants are open for pickups and the Boardwalk is the perfect spot to enjoy while your take out order is being prepared. Shoreline Village is a popular waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment center that overlooks Long Beach’s gorgeous Rainbow Harbor. One hour free parking is available for anyone with a validation from any of the restaurants until further notice.

Go To The Beach

The City of Long Beach has reopened all public beaches for active recreational activities. Beaches will open daily from sunrise to sunset for solo or family members of the same household to use for recreation, including swimming, kayaking, walking and running, kitesurfing, and similar active recreational activities. All gatherings of any size are not allowed at beaches and parks, including events, athletic competitions, youth camps and recreational programming. Beach parking lots and the pier will stay closed and residents who have been issued parking permits will still be able to use those spaces.

Catch the Sunset Over the Ocean at the End of a Perfect Day

With 11 miles of shoreline; 7 beaches; 6 marinas; and miles of paths, piers & boardwalks; you’ll find your picture perfect sunset along the dazzling Long Beach waterfront.

Photo credits:

Photo #1: Wheel Fun Rentals

Photo #2: DLBA

Photo #3: DTLB Farmers Market

Photo #4: Visit Long Beach

Photo #5: 4thStreetLB/Casa de Luxe

Photo #6: Rosie’s Dog Beach

Photo #7: Afters Ice Cream

Photo #8: Wheel Fun Rentals

Photo #9: Shoreline Village

Photo #10: Visit Long Beach

Photo #11: Visit Long Beach