Shoreline Village Rainbow Harbor is a gorgeous, quaint section of Long Beach, California. It consists of beautiful palm trees, meticulous landscaping, and serene views of Rainbow Harbor. Shoreline is a popular tourist destination due to its’ many offerings in the dining, entertainment, shopping, and recreation departments. Shoreline Village is the ideal daytime or evening destination in Long Beach. There is always something to do no matter the time of day. Whether you are looking for a sunny afternoon stroll or a romantic dinner overlooking the harbor, Shoreline is exact palce. Shoreline is home to 14 restaurants, including my 2 favorites of the area: Tequila Jacks and Yard House. Both offer scenic waterfront seating, excellent happy hour specials, great food, and a modern lively vibe. Shopping includes a selection of jewelry, clothing, and tourist shops. Just pick up the majority of Long Beach apparel here at really great prices. There are many favorite stops which you cannot miss like Pirate’s Cove, a unique gem offering pirate and Long Beach themed souvenirs. Be sure to walk or bike up to the Rainbow Harbor Marina Lighthouse for breathtaking views of the city. From here, you will also experience great views of the Queen Mary and harbor. Taking a night stroll around Shoreline, followed by a trip up the lighthouse for panoramic views of the city, is one of the favorite things to do. The lighthouse is definitely the best place in the city for photography. Those looking to get out onto the water can look into sailing lessons and harbor cruises. The 1 hour Spirit Cruise is a great deal at only $14 per person. In addition, they also offer sunset dinner cruises, which are perfect for date nights/anniversaries.
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If you feel like getting in a bit of healthy exercise in the beautiful Southern California sunshine, get your bike out and enjoy the sunshine. You can either bike around Shoreline Village or bike the entire Shoreline Pedestrian Path, a scenic ride along the beaches. The 3 mile journey will start at Shoreline Village and travel down to Alamitos Bay. The path is flat, not overly crowded, and very scenic. The path is ideal for early morning jogs and walks as well. Shoreline hosts a handful of popular events throughout the year including the famous Long Beach Grand Prix, which is back once again for its’ 40th year. Other fun annual events include: The Long Beach International Marathon, The Long Beach Yacht and Boat Show, and the Long Beach Zombie Walk. The Long Beach Half Marathon is the standout here, one of the nicest marathons in the country. The Half features a flat course, with scenic water views the majority of the course, cheering fans and spectators motivating you along, and of course sunshine filled California skies! If you’ve never run a marathon before, the Long Beach Half is a great place to start!
The Pike at Rainbow Harbor is another excellent dining, entertainment, and shopping destination where 16 restaurants, including popular chains like PF Chang’s and Chili’s provide familiar choices for tourists. All provide outdoor patios, complete with lush landscaping and fabulous views of the harbor. In terms of entertainment, Sgt. Peppers Dueling Piano Cafe is a fun option. A movie theater, several bars and a mediocre restaurant / bar / arcade like Dave and Busters is another fun options. The Laugh Factory which is a standup comedy club, also round out the entertainment options. The highlight here is a ride upon the historic Ferris wheel. For a small fee, you are treated to amazing views of the harbor, city, Queen Mary, and Shoreline Village.
Tips for visiting Shoreline / Rainbow Harbor
- Get around by hopping on the free Long Beach Passport, which conveniently stops at many of the top attractions including Shoreline Village, the Queen Mary, the Aquarium, the Pike at Rainbow Harbor, various hotels and more.
- Book a stay at the Comfort Inn and Suites hotel in Long Beach is conveniently located within walking distance of all the attractions. Each hotel room features beautiful views of the water.
Plan for a wonderful trip to Long Beach and check out the Shoreline Village, Rainbow Harbor, Aquarium of the Pacific, California State University, Long Beach, Catalina Express, Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show & Cruise and many more attractions like this. Also find more places where you can enjoy and explore many things. Come and Stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites Long Beach hotel and get rooms at very affordable rates which are filled with all amenities like refrigerator, dryer, TV, Wi-Fi, Internet access, free parking, free breakfast, and more like that. For more details about hotel reservation in Long Beach, CA go through the website.