Apr 07

Walter Pyramid

Walter pyramid is actually one of mankind’s most admired systems. Here the pyramid of Long Beach State which is a unique sport arena named as The Walter Pyramid – is one of only three true pyramids in the United States. Where second is in Las Vegas and last in Memphis. It is completed in 1994. It measures 345 feet on each side. Its cobalt-blue exterior is a Long Beach landmark and at a height of 18 stories (192 feet), can be widely seen from most points on campus. Constructed at a cost of $22 million, it is best known as the home of Long Beach State’s men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. It was the proposed site for team handball in the Los Angeles’ bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. The Walter Pyramid has a unique seating system which raises and lowers seats into place to turn the facility from a multi-court, multi-user playground into a sports arena for spectators. Once all of the seats are lowered and courtside chairs are added, there is room for up to 5,000 spectators. Architect Don Gibbs designed the facility for future expansion to 7,500 seats.

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The Walter Pyramid is located on the Long Beach State campus and is best accessed from the San Diego (405) Freeway via the Palo Verde Avenue exit. From the exit, take Palo Verde to Atherton Street and turn right. The Walter Pyramid is then in sight at the corner of Atherton and Merriam Way on the campus. The facility is managed by the university. The floor area comprises approximately 38,000 square feet in a 180 by 210 foot configuration. The floor is all beech wood and the minimum ceiling height is 60 feet, making the arena a favorite for volleyball and similar sports.  There are five modern locker rooms on the site, varying in size from 504 to 945 square feet each plus the 1,200 sq.ft. Ukleja Room for administrative or hospitality use. The Pyramid also contains a remarkable, 17,000 sq.ft. Fitness Club integrated into one of the corners of the concourse area.  Lighting is of broadcast quality, with approximately 150 footcandles available. There are multiple concession stands and a scoreboard. Adjacent parking is available for up to 2,000 cars in surface lots and nearby parking structures. Check out more about Walter Pyramid and learn & explore many things. Enjoy the games.

Rancho los Alamitos

Rancho Los Alamitos is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places – once as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin and, second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time. The site includes traces of the ancestral village, an adobe-core ranch house ca.1800, four acres of lush historic gardens developed during the 1920s and 30s, and the restored working ranch barnyard of the early-mid 20th century. With the opening of the Rancho Center, the film, new exhibits and room environments feature the landscape, the people and the place over time and within the context of the development of the region and the state.

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Important Points: The Rancho Los Alamitos will be closed on the following days in May, 2015 on Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th. The Rancho is closed to the Public but it will be open to Cactus Show Attendees Only. Also it will be closed for the public on Thursday, May 14th but again will be open for Cottonwood Award Luncheon.

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 reservations in Long Beach go through the website.

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Mar 24

Long beach is famous for its numerous attractions and below are few of the famous Long Beach attractions that you can’t miss:

Aquarium of the Pacific

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The Aquarium of the Pacific is well known destination, especially for marine lover’s paradise which features close up interaction with some of southern California’s most popular sea life. Once you entered into the aquarium you will be greeted by a life sized blue whale that hangs from the ceiling. An immense salt-water tank houses a variety of large fish that slowly traverse their enclosure as divers provide education through underwater microphone systems. Tourists can get close and personal with sea lions and several species of sting ray. The sting ray enclosure allows visitors to touch the animals through safe, guided instruction. Smaller aquariums are located throughout the facility and house a vast array of sea life. Souvenir and gift shops provide visitors the occasion to capture the moment through gifts and pictures. Guests can enjoy lunch within the facility or in a variety of picnic areas outside the facility. General admission is $26 for adults and $15 for children. Check out more aquarium of the pacific.

The Queen Mary

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Once a regal ocean liner, the Queen Mary is now a full service floating hotel permanently docked in Long Beach, California since 1967. In an era gone by when traveling by steamships was a privilege reserved for the upper class society and the rich and famous, the Queen Mary was the ultimate in luxury travel. Visitors of today can experience the elegance and grandeur of the vessel by visiting its world-class restaurants, tours, and attractions. The beautiful city of Long Beach presents a lovely backdrop to showcase the grand vessel. Tourists from all around the country visit each year to experience an era of elegance, style and history of this great ship. The preservation of the staterooms give guests a glimpse of what travel was like in a past era. With portholes and wood paneling polished to perfection, the Queen Mary is more than a place for overnight stay. It is an incredible experience unlike any other. Come and visit all this landmark has to offer.

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center

The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center is a spectacular multipurpose complex one of the few waterfront facilities nationwide, featuring more than 400,000 square feet of flexible exhibit and meeting space, two theaters, an arena and 34 meeting rooms. The glass concourse and lobby offer expansive views of the scenic harbor and downtown skyline. A pedestrian promenade links hotels, shops, restaurants and attractions with the Pacific Ocean.

Long Beach Museum of Art

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From the mid-1970s to the 1990s, the Long Beach Museum of Art provided invaluable support to the growing video art field by exhibiting, co-producing and collecting video art. The museum’s official video program began in 1974 under the direction of David Ross, who later became the director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.   The Long Beach Museum of Art was among the first to focus on video as an artistic medium, spurring similar efforts throughout the United States.  Beginning in 1974, the museum began collecting and exhibiting video art, developing one of the most creative and ambitious video exhibition programs in the world.  The museum actively encouraged the development of video art by offering editing facilities to artists, and pursued innovative approaches to the display of video art, including several experiments with broadcast television.

Long Beach Airport Terminal

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The Long Beach Airport Terminal is built on 1941 which is a masterpiece of the early modern style, bridging the transition from the modernistic Streamline Modern style of the ‘thirties to the geometric abstraction of the post-war International Style. It was an avant-garde work of architecture for its time, and is a unique building in the City of Long Beach. The architects, W. Horace Austin and Kennth Wing, Sr., were important Long Beach architects, each with a significant body of work in the City and the region.

Book a stay at the Comfort Inn and Suites hotel in Long Beach which 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 reservations in Long Beach go through the website.

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Mar 10

Long Beach is one giant playground located right in the heart of Southern California. If you take a trip to the beaches, within an hour’s drive you can explore the fabulous worlds of attractive beaches and major Southern California attractions. It is a city that has a large metropolitan area and is located along the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

long beach popular beaches 11 Popular Beaches near Long Beach When you travel to Southern California, enjoy these 11 Popular Beaches near Long Beach:

Sunset Beach: With views of the Long Beach skyline, Sunset Beach offers soft sand, beach volleyball nets, ample restrooms and is favored for windsurfing. There are no beach concessions, there’s no cement beach path and on the other end at the north side of town is the water tower house and the beginning of gated Surfside. The beach offers a plethora of attractions for locals and tourists alike. Great place for water sports such as canoeing and kayaking.  It is a one mile beach running parallel to Pacific Coast Highway between Warner Avenue and Anderson Street.

Huntington Beach State Park: It is a popular beach that extends more than two miles features a bicycle trail, Surfing, skating and surf fishing.

Bolsa Chica State Beach: It is a popular place for surf fishing for perch, corbina, croaker, cabezon and sand shark. Also popular is in the summer is bare-handed fishing for California grunion, a species that only spawns on sandy southern California beaches. The beach extends three miles from Seal Beach to Huntington Beach City Pier.

Newport Beach: The beaches offers ten miles of extraordinary wide bed of sand, silky and blonde, rolls south from Newport Pier to Balboa Pier, and plays host to diehard surfers, serious sunbathers and more.

Point Dume State Beach: mainly features headlands, cliffs, rocky coves and vast beach access. It is a perfect place to watch for California gray whales during the December to March migration period. Also it is best for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and fishing.
Hermosa Beach: The beach takes pride in its abundance of outdoor beach activities, which include surfing, swimming, paddleball, sunbathing and, of course, volleyball there always seems to be intense serving and spiking action on the 1.5-mile stretch of sand.

Malibu Lagoon State Beach: Located in Malibu Pier, it is also known as Surf rider Beach, it has a long-standing reputation as a premier surfing beach. It is among the most popular surf spots in Los Angeles County. Divided into 3 primary surfing areas, the first one is popular with long boarders and short boarders during bigger swells while the second one is used for high performance surfing having main lines up and connects into the inside called the “kitty bowl”. The last third one is left and right side of both.

Topanga State Beach: It is one of the most popular surf spots in the area with a wide sandy beach that’s perfect for sunbathing on hot summer days and avoiding crowds at many other beaches. The waves break over cobblestones and the reef and swells give surfers long rides into the bay.

Santa Monica Beach: A Natural Stretch of Sand: Located just north of the historic Santa Monica Pier, is also a home to Pacific Park amusement park. Offers plenty of space to stretch the legs, set up for a game of volleyball, or go for a bike ride.

Will Rogers State Beach: It is a long, narrow beach about two miles long, sandwiched between Pacific Coast Highway and the ocean. The beach extends one and three quarters miles along the coast. It has many facilities, including volleyball courts, gymnastic equipment, restrooms, a playground, and a bike path.

Manhattan Beach: It is a classic southern California beach with volleyballs, surfers and sunbathers. Miles and miles you will see clean white sand, punctuated by a picturesque pier. This west-facing urban beach attracts a broad mix of visitors. Aquarium on the pier holds its interesting sea creatures and touch pool, walking path and more.

Venice Beach: It is one place where it’s almost as much about the people as it is about the surf or the sand. As you’re strolling the boardwalk, you will able to see bodybuilders and a full complement of palm readers, folk artists, characters etc.

There are many miles of great beaches in Orange County that leaves visitors with great spots for swimming, for surfing, for nature-watching, for attractive surfer watching.  Stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel in Long Beach, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Feb 09

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!

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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.

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Feb 02

Check out the top rated attractions in Long Beach, CA.

Aquarium of the Pacific

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Don’t miss the world’s largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. Start your journey of discovery through the aquarium. Here meet more than 11,000 species, including the new Magellanic Penguins. Explore sunny Southern California Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face to face with and touch the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon. Check out the other species and explore the entire aquarium.

California State University, Long Beach

The university in long beach is combining the vitality of a comprehensive and urban university. CSULB offers almost 300 undergraduate and graduate programs and countless opportunities for community, recreational and athletic involvement. For more details check out the official website of California State University.

Catalina Express

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It takes only an hour of boat ride off the coast of Long Beach to reach Catalina Express. The destination is located in Santa Catalina Island and its picturesque town of Avalon. Once you reach their, it’s a promise can’t stop yourself to plan a trip again year after year to enjoy the Island’s Mediterranean climates, laid back lifestyle and abundance of activities.

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show & Cruise

There are many largest, award winning, Murder Mystery Dinner Show is available in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County cruise. But there is only weekly murder mystery dinner show and murder mystery dinner cruise available in Long Beach. Check out the show timings before.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

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There is superb garner present near long beach city which includes a spectacular koi pond, waterfalls, tea house and bonsai collection. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is hosting special events, group tours and garden rental. The opening time is from Tuesday to Friday at 8 a.m. -3:30 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Stubhub Center

The StubHub Center is formerly known as the Home Depot Center. It is a multiple-use sports complex located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson near Long Beach, California. The Center is located approximately 10 miles towards south of Downtown Los Angeles. Its title sponsor is online ticket marketplace StubHub now. Previously it was sponsor by hardware retailer The Home Depot. The $150 million complex was developed and is operated by the Anschutz Entertainment Group. With a set capacity of 27,000, it is the largest soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer (MLS).

The Port of Long Beach

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The Port of Long Beach is one of America’s premier seaports, a trail blazer in goods movement and environmental stewardships. Trade valued annually at more than $140 billion moves through Long Beach, including clothing, toys, shoes, furniture and consumer electronics. Specialized terminals also move petroleum, automobiles, cement, lumber, steel and other products. Goods movement at the Port supports more than 316,000 careers and jobs in Southern California.

The Queen Mary

There are many ships present in long beach port in which few of them are become historic now. Here The Queen Mary is one of the historic oceans liner berthed in long beach open daily with extended hours for restaurants & lounges. The Grand Voyage Passport ticket includes Self-Guided Audio Tour, guests explore the decks of the Legendary Queen Mary, includes Audio Headset Tour but it is only based on availability, Ghosts & Legends Show, Diana: Legacy of a Princess a Royal Exhibition, Choice of The Glory Days or Her Finest Hour: A WWII Tour, Scorpion Foxtrot Submarine and all exhibit areas.  There is fee for all this, for adults $54.95, for children (5-11) $43.95.

Looff’s Lite A Line

Looff’s Lite A Line is a Bingo style skilled pinball game played as a tournament here in long Beach area. There is not another one like it in the world but here it is the best. It is started in 1941 originally at the famous Pike of Long Beach. Come and have fun at LOOFF’S LITE-A-LINE.

Plan for a wonderful trip to Long Beach and check out the 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, WiFi, Internet access, free parking, free breakfast, and more. For more details about hotel reservation in Long Beach, CA go through the website.

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Jan 19

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There is much to do in Long Beach but you’ve got to start your exploration with the Russian Scorpion Submarine. Check out the torpedo rooms, the cramped crew quarters and the huge array of various valves, pipes and wires that made up this battle sub. This is kind of submarine which is completely authentic, accurate and unchanged since the Cold War days. The glimpse of Russian Scorpion submarine gives all the guests the very rare opportunity to get a first-hand glimpse of what life was like aboard a Russian submarine.

TICKET INFORMATION:

There is general admission fee for exploring the submarine that is $14 and if you are coming with the children whom age should be 4 to 11 then fee will be $12. If you are coming with your vehicle then there is charge of it that will be total of $15 (Subject to change based on Special Event schedule here.).  The time to explore the submarine is from 10 AM to 5 PM. (Also available as part of the First-Class Passport – Haunted or Historical). You must be at least 48 inches to board submarine. There is group discount available for Groups of 15 or more.  One inconvenience is there while exploring the B-427 that not all area are easily accessible by guests with mobility issues.

FILMING/SPECIAL EVENTS:

The Russian Scorpion b-427 is also a kind of venue for special events such as parties, meetings, Military Re-Enlistment Ceremonies, or any naval related activity. The location of submarine is easily accessible from the entire Los Angeles / Orange County metropolitan area. It is located in long beach city of Los Angeles. The Russian Scorpion b-427 is one of the best locations to hold your special event. The Russian Scorpion b-427 has appeared as a Russian, American, German and even a Japanese submarine. The special point of this submarine is that it is having a unique representation and user friendly filming venue not available in any other location. It is very accessible to all Studios and Production Facilities that’s why it is the best location and is truly a kind of filming location and available for single day, nighttime or multiple days for shooting schedules.

HISTORY:

The Scorpion was formerly as the “terror of the deep”. Check out all the top-secret places and marvel at the miles of wire. There are piping and complex array of valves that make up the veins and arteries of a combat submarine. You can also take a look on how life on board that’s known as “Podvodnaya Lodka” (Famously known as Russian for Submarine). It was lived as she “drilled holes in the ocean” performing her assigned duties and top secret missions. Previously the Soviet designated a project called as “Project 641″ Diesel Electric Attack Submarine, known to NATO as the Foxtrot Class, was one of the most successful class of submarine ever in service to the Soviet Navy. The Soviet Union constructed almost Seventy-nine Foxtrot; among them the second largest class of submarines was ever built. The b-427, code named “Scorpion,” was one of their best submarines.

The Scorpion was built at the Sudomekh Shipyards just outside of Leningrad which was laid down in 1971 and was completely hand over to the Soviet Navy in 1972. Scorpion was fitted with all the latest developments in engines, sonar, radar and weaponry at that time. She was indeed very famous and called as “state of art” which was truly the pride of the Soviet Navy’s undersea fleet.

The Scorpion B-427 was assigned to the headquarters of the powerful soviet Pacific Fleet which is basically based in Vladivostok. The total capacity of Scorpion B-427 is of 56 sailors, 10 midshipmen and 12 officers which is itself a fully complement. “Scorpion” sailed out on its maiden voyage into the North Sea where she then turned south for her secret journey down the coast of Europe and Africa, rounding the Cape of Good Hope and then into the Indian Ocean. From there she sailed up the coast of Vietnam, then patrolled by the U.S. Navy, through the Sea of Japan and finally to her new home port, Vladivostok.

Let’s make a Plan for a wonderful trip to Long Beach and check out the Scorpion Submarine. Also find more places where you can enjoy and explore many things. Long Beach is the city of Los Angeles. You can also check out the Los Angeles and its nearby places. 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, WiFi, Internet access, free parking, free breakfast, and more. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Dec 15

The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is another exploring area in Long Beach, California. It is a conventional center built near to the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium which was started in 1962. The Convention and entertainment center is divided in different venues in which primary venues of the center include:

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Previously, Long Beach Arena was the first building to be completed in the convention and entertainment center. You can book the area also. It can be shift as per the match. There is capacity decided which is as follows:  The capacity for hockey is 11,200, 13,609 for basketball and for concerts it can be 4,550, 9,200 or 13,500. Whole it depends on the seating chart. The arena has already hosted various entertainments. The arena has also hosted professional and college sporting events. But the most notable events were the volleyball events of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. But especially the arena features 46,000 square feet (4300 m²) of space for trade shows with an additional 19,000 square feet of space which was allocated in the lobby and more than 29,000 square feet was allocated in the concourse. There is an 11 by 15 foot SACO Smart vision LED Wall located on the south end of the arena.

The arena was actually the site of the first NHL game which involves an expansion team. It was just because, The Los Angeles Kings and the Philadelphia Flyers, both expansion teams, played the match here on October 14, 1967. The result of the match was 4–2 which was won by Kings. The Kings played in Long Beach for the first half of their expansion season while The Forum was being completed. The arena hosted several games of the Los Angeles Sharks, of the WHA and regular appearances of the Los Angeles Thunderbirds roller derby team during the 70’s. There is also one thing related to area which was during 1980-81, that the arena was also home to the California Surf of the NASL for one season of indoor soccer. The arena was home to the former Long Beach Ice Dogs team, which played professional ice hockey in the IHL, WCHL and ECHL.

There was a famous concert happened on July 31, 1980 where The Eagles performed during a benefit concert for California Senator Alan Cranston on what has been described as “Long Night at Wrong Beach”. Tempers boiled over as Glenn Frey and Don Felder spent the entire show telling each other about the beating each planned to administer backstage. Felder recalls Frey making a similar threat to him during “Best of My Love”.  A live recording of their song “Life in the Fast Lane” from this show was included on their live album, entitled Eagles Live. This marked their final live performance, as The Eagles, for 14 years, until April 25, 1994.

The famous band performed on March 14 to 17 in 1985, the name was Iron Maiden. They performed four consecutive show during their World Slavery Tour. The show on the 15th was recorded and released as a double live-album, entitled live After Death.

The arena was also one of the sites of the 1986 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship Rounds of 64 and 32. The teams, which played at the arena, included Maryland, Pepperdine & UNLV. Maryland’s Len Bias played his final collegiate game at the arena on March 14, 1986, in a loss to UNLV in the Round of 32. The arena was also the site of the Big West Conference men’s basketball tournament from 1989-1993. It was the home court for Long Beach State’s men’s basketball team for several seasons in the 70′s and 80′s.

Wyland murals:

Along the exterior wall of the drum-shaped Arena is “Planet Ocean”, one of environmental artist Wyland’s Whaling Walls, which was dedicated on July 9, 1992, and covers 116,000 square feet. The mural depicts migratory gray whales and other aquatic life that can be found in the waters off Long Beach. In celebration of Earth Day in 2009, Wyland touched up the existing Whaling Wall and added a large mural of the earth on the roof of the arena.

Plan a trip to Long Beach and check out the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center where you can enjoy and explore many things. Long Beach is the City of Los Angeles County; you can also explore Los Angeles and its nearby many more places. Come and Stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites Long Beach hotel and get rooms at very affordable rates which are fully uploaded with all amenities like refrigerator, dryer, TV, WiFi, Internet access, free parking, free breakfast, and many more things. For more details kindly visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Nov 17

Long Beach is a city in Los Angeles County which is one of the enormous playgrounds located right in the heart of Southern California on the pacific Coast. The Long Beach is the 36th largest city in the United States and the seventh largest city in California. As of 2010 census, the population of Long Beach is 463,257. In terms of population, after Los Angeles, Long Beach is the second largest city within Greater Los Angeles Area and the principle region of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area. Long Beach is situated approximately 35 km (22 miles) south of Downtown Los Angeles, though the two cities border each other for several miles on Long Beach’s southwestern portion.

bikesonboardwalk Long Beach – A Jewel in Southern California

 

Long Beach borders Orange County on its southeast edge. Here visitors can experience and enjoy it all starting from the Aquarium of the pacific on the Bay towards right which is a deep sea adventure and a voyage in time aboard the historic Queen Mary to lively guided tours through downtown and the colorful East Village. You can explore the fabulous worlds of Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and every major Southern California attraction within an hour’s drive.

The Long Beach city is famously known as the maritime center of the United States. One thing that makes long beach very popular is The Port. Long Beach’s Port is the second busiest container port in the United States and also it is one of the largest shipping ports in the world. The Long Beach city also upholds a large industry of oils with wells located both underground and offshore. Here there is also the Manufacturing sector which is grooming today; it includes those in aircraft, car parts, electronic and audiovisual equipment, and home furnishings.

LONG BEACH BAY AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

Plan your trip to the wildest discovery of water through the world’s largest ocean at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific in California. You will go to explore more than 11,000 animals from over 50 exhibits as you can also explore sunny Southern California and Baja which is the frigid water of the Northern Pacific and the interesting bars of the Tropical Pacific. If you are coming in summer then get ready to explore summer of Wonder and get Delve into wonder with new interactive exhibits, animals and their programs. You can feel the arrival of the new shark and ray species. Get up-close with a penguin. You can also check out and know more about a local steelhead fish which rarely found that lives in our rivers. Explore the new horseshoe crab touch exhibit.
There is shark lagoon where you can touch over 150 sharks and also feed colorful birds near Lorikeet Forest. There is Deep Gallery of jellies in the wonders where you can feel and touch sea jellies and discover the environmental issues in the Ocean Science Center. Now also check out and enjoy Turtle Vision 4-D. Take a voyage on a daily Whale Watch or Harbor Cruise. You can even get up-close and feed a sea lion, sea otter or shark by reservation during weekend Animal Encounters. There is no better time to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific than now.

THE QUEEN MARY

Legendary Queen Mary is the Ship which consist the tour of the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship, and see restored areas that have been under wraps since the final voyage happened in 1967, also including the Isolation Wards and the aft Machine Rooms.

CATALINA EXPRESS

There is Santa Catalina Express Island about just an hour off the coast of Long Beach. It will give you the immense sight attractive Avalon with its Mediterranean climate, set back lifestyle and plenty of activities is a getaway for a day. There is access to Catalina Express through fast boats which departs from the Catalina Landing in Downtown Long Beach throughout the year.

PORT OF LONG BEACH

The Port of Long Beach is the America’s important seaports in terms of trail blazer in goods supply and environmental stewardships. Around $140 billion value of trade happens every year through Long Beach which includes clothing, toys, shoes and furniture and consumer electronics. There are also the specialized terminals available where movement of petroleum, automobiles, cement, lumber, steel and other products happens. Goods movement at the Port supports more than 316,000 careers in whole Southern California.

Plan a trip to Long Beach and find more places where you can enjoy and explore many things. Long Beach is the city of Los Angeles; you can also explore Los Angeles and its nearby places. 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, WiFi, Internet access, free parking, free breakfast, and more. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Oct 08

col1 Explore Culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands at Pacific Asia Museum Located at 46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California, USC Pacific Asia Museum is an Asian art museum  totally dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands, serving the Greater Southern California region. The museum was founded in 1971 by the Pacificulture Foundation featuring the structures to the city for art and cultural purposes as Asian art and antiques. In 2013, the museum became part of the University of Southern California. It is one of the great treasures of the museum being an important extraordinary example of Chinese architecture, designated a Cultural Heritage Landmark by Pasadena and Los Angeles. Also, collection of unique Asian inspired clothing and jewelry, books and decorative accessories in the Museum Gift Store.

In 1976 the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1989 declared a Historical Landmark status.  It also features some of the rare and representative examples of art from throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. The mission of this museum is to preserve, present and interpret the arts and culture of the Pacific Islands and Asia in order to promote appreciation of these cultures. The main mission is to preserving, presenting and construeing the arts and culture of Pacific Islanders and Asians to the public.  The design and style is made in such a way it looks like Chinese imperial palace and features a central courtyard with a garden, a small pool, and decorative carvings. The galleries surround an inner courtyard garden with a koi pond. The Chinese Garden is an exhibit in itself, featuring architectural elements, sculptures and plants that play a significant role. A zig-zag bridge prevents evil from making its way into the garden. Deer sculptures signify long life. Lotuses symbolize purity and the potential for enlightenment.

Mission:

The museum’s mission is to further encourage intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum fulfills its mission by organizing and presenting exhibitions, performances, lectures, classes, workshops, and festivals, all drawing on the arts and cultures.

Gardens and Buildings:

The museum courtyard is enthused by the classic gardens of China where architecture is in harmony with nature consists of many of the traditional plants and decorative elements that support this unity. The courtyard remains a focal point, providing transition between public and private space. While the layout, pond and plants have changed over the years.  Some of the traditional artifacts are Taihu Rocks, Dragon, peon, Stone lions, Pine, Bamboo and Plum, etc. The pond contains carp or koi traditional fishes found in a Chinese garden. Where as the building named as Grace Nicholson Building became a center for the arts in Pasadena, and was host to many cultural organizations.

Collections:

Rare and representative examples of art and ethnographic objects from Asia and the Pacific Islands could be easily seen here at this museum. Some of the major collections includes Harari Collection of Japanese paintings and drawings from the Edo period, significant holdings in Chinese ceramics and textiles,Japanese folk paintings, a South Pacific tapa collection, the Lydman and Snukal Collections of Chinese ceramics, Southeast Asian Ceramics from the Collection of Margot and Hans Ries, a fine collection of Buddhist art and as well as the complete prints of Paul Jacoulet.  From Himalayan Buddhas to Chinese porcelain and Japanese costumes, the quality and range of Nicholson’s collection is stellar.

Exbitions:

The Museum provides active exhibition and education programs to promote increased understanding and appreciation of all cultures. The Museum’s permanent collection contains more than 14,000 rare and representative works and artifacts from Asia and the Pacific Islands, Rotating themed exhibits spanning a period of five thousand years. The museum is relatively small, with a half dozen galleries around the courtyard which display the art and cultural elements of Asia and the Pacific Islands. You may see Japanese abstract paintings, a thousand years of Chinese ceramics, Tibetan furniture, costumes of Korea or Pakistan, or Buddhist icons from many cultures. There are also expanded virtual exhibits on the museum’s web site that go into greater depth and present additional items from the collection.

General Admission:

Ticket Types Adult: $8 Gate Price $9 Student (with ID)/Senior (ages 62+) $6 Gate Price $7 Children under 12 members are free. Free admission every fourth Friday of the month.

Hours of Operation:

Weekdays: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Parking: Free

Tours:

The Pacific Asia Museum offers ongoing programs including guest lectures, the “Authors on Asia” series, Tai Chi classes, Chinese Brush Painting classes and other special events.  Guided school visits consist of an hour-long guided tour of the museum’s galleries, led by a docent, and an hour-long art workshop, led by a local artist.  Free tours can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more. Some are free with admission, others require a separate fee. Group visit is self-guided and you will be exploring the museum without a docent which needs a reservation. All these provide quality arts programming and education to children and families. The Gift Shop has a nice selection of books, handcrafts, replicas and Asian antiques.

While staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Long Beach hotel, you’re only few miles away from the Pacific Asia Museum featuring art and artifacts tell stories adding cultural and historical understanding covering a wide range of eras and geographical areas. Stay with us at the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel in Long Beach, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Aug 27

DM Pike%20 %20Cyclone%20Bridge%20and%20Ferris%20ngt512 Things to Do in Long BeachLong Beach is the fifth largest city in California with roughly 464,000 residents. Long Beach is a great place to take the family or enjoy a work and leisure trip and get a tan. Vacations will surely be full of fun and entertainment.

There are many things to do in Long beach.

Shoreline Bike Path

Biking is a great way to see what’s going on in town while getting a little exercise. There are plenty of places nearby to rent when you visit long beach. The bike path offers a great chance to get into the more crowded shoreline areas without the parking problems.

Aquarium of the Pacific

This aquarium is going to take you half of the day to see. Over fifty exhibits including a shark lagoon, 350,000 gallon tropical tank gallery, 3,200 sq. ft. outdoor aviary. Open 9:00 am – 6:00pm every day except Christmas and the Grand Prix in mid-April. This aquarium is right for all ages. It offers events and education for kids, adults, and seniors.

Shoreline Village

After you’ve visited the aquarium, you might like to trip to Shoreline Village less than a half mile away. The village is great for having a beer and a bite under the warm California sun as there are plenty of food options for you. There are many shops at the marina offering many things to customers.

Pine Avenue

It’s a great place to go if you’re hungry. With all of the different regional foods, you’ll be sure to feel spicy as you make your way down the avenue. The variety and quality of food with plenty of outdoor dining is nice and perfect for enjoying some lunch. Shop during the day and party at night at this trendy and lively part of town. Also near Shoreline Village, you’ll find it really easy to get around. Here the city life meets beach life which is a nice reward for making your trip to Long Beach.

Long Beach Fishing.

Fishing is an activity most people do for fun. This simply means that you are bound to have a healthy manner of conducting it. As you are exploring the harbors of Los Angeles and Long Beach, you will have a taste of what it means to do salt-water fishing. Bring along your tennis shoes with you for you to have a safe catch.

Angeles National Forest.

This is an ideal spot for travelers as well as from people living within the area. They offer a variety of recreational activities. Picnic is one of the best things you would enjoy from the place but you could extend your pleasure to swimming and fishing. Mountain bikers and equestrians may also enjoy this attraction.

Bixby Park

A great place to visit on the way back to the waterfront entertainment is Bixby Park. Bixby Park is full of things to see and great for relaxing by the beach. The park is best enjoyed during the day. The picnicking and wandering down to the beach are best experienced during daylight. This park gets interesting and a little seedy at night. In a town packed full of homes, businesses, and tourist attractions Bixby Park has great places to see blades of grass and birds instead of concrete and neon.

Sun Bath on Beaches

The best California beaches bring you great sandy long beaches with great views of mountains, great waves for surfing or boogie boarding and you may also have a great time as you meet new people and party with tons of beautiful women and more. There are beaches that great for surfing, and others are great for Volleyball. The best beach include Laguna, Corona Del Mar, Crystal Cove, and Huntington and Manhattan Beach.

Cultural Festivals

Long Beach has a history of art and culture that stretches all the way back to the city’s roots. Even today, the coastal city attracts artists and musicians, actors and writers,  that together create a cultural tapestry that is colorful and rich. The Long Beach Museum of Art is known far and wide for its collection of California fine artists. The Museum of Latin American Art which displays a collection of world-renowned artists from Latin, Central and South America

Visitors to Long Beach should also take time to visit The Pike, an open air center with quaint pathways and an ambiance that is unmatched elsewhere in town. The Pike has restaurants, a movie-theatre, retail and attractions. Families can play all afternoon and ride the Ferris wheel. Then, at night the adults take over spilling out of bars on their way to the Laugh Factory.

These are the best hotels available in Long beach, however there are around 39 hotels available which might suit your vacation, Business trips or to celebrate weddings and parties. Fun and Entertainment does not stop in Long Beach and its one of the favorite destinations to celebrate your vacations.

Stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel in Long Beach and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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