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.

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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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Jul 28

Franklin Canyon Park is a public park located near the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. It rests on 605 acres near the center of Los Angeles between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills. The park boasts a three-acre Lake, ponds, wildflowers, chaparral, grasslands and oak woodlands, variety of wildlife and over five miles of hiking trails.

Popular activities include hiking, cycling, picnicking and bird watching. Its three main trails – Discovery, Berman, and Hastain are great for novice to intermediate hikers. Franklin Canyon Park also features the Sooky Goldman Nature Center, the Sam Goldman Amphitheater, and the Eugene and Michael Rosenfeld Auditorium. Park areas are available for an indoor party, meeting, or wedding with a beautiful view. Dogs are allowed on leash. The Reservoir Loop trail is perfect for introducing young children to the outdoors, or for a peaceful walk.

Franklin Canyon Park is truly a peaceful oasis hidden in the city of Los Angeles near Beverly Hills’ backyard. While staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Long Beach hotel, you’re only few miles away from the Franklin Canyon Park. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Jul 21

The White Point Nature Preserve is a 102 acres area of re-established coastal sage scrub habitat, hiking and handicap access trails, and a new Nature Education Center overlooking the Pacific Ocean, located in San Pedro. The Center opened in 2010 which serves as a resource for families, students and the public groups. There are miles of trails which hold various interpretive exhibits and surrounded by native plant demonstration gardens and bird watching. Except hiking trails the preserve is packed with wildlife, and local history.  You will also see a huge WWII bunker – a 4,000 square feet of pure concrete. Atop the bunker is an artificial hill that affords some of the most amazing, sweeping Pacific Ocean views.

A beautiful rocky beach great for exploring the amazing tide pools and most of the coastline there is cliff. Beginner and expert divers will find interesting underwater vistas to explore. The area is rich in reefs and kelp around the point is harbors for the elusive critters.

Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Center Hours: 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday

For nature lovers that also happen to be history buffs, a hike in White Point Nature Preserve is a must see. While staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Long Beach hotel, you’re only few miles away from the White Point Nature Preserve. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Jul 14

The Portuguese Bend Reserve is the largest area of natural vegetation remaining in the rolling hills of Palos Verdes Peninsula, in Los Angeles County. This reserve is home to coastal sage scrub habitat, a community of intensely fragrant and highly drought resistant shrubs and flowering plants. With close floral and faunal similarities to the Channel Islands, area a natural research laboratory for the study of island biogeography and evolutionary ecology.

Hikers, off-road bicyclists and equestrians of all ages are welcome to enjoy many miles of trails and take in the surrounding natural beauty of the peninsula. The most popular is the Burma Road Trail. There are lots of other short trails winding way through the hills which give you a lot of ocean-viewing sights with a single track line that follows the road which offers amazing ocean views. The area also serves as habitat to many migrating birds moving through the region in fall and spring. Dogs must be on leash are allowed for a hike.

While staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Long Beach hotel, you’re only a few miles away from the Portuguese Bend Reserve. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Jul 07

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is located along the built-up Orange County coast and near Long Beach County. Established in 1972, it includes 911 acres of remnant saltwater marsh and upland habitat serves as an important stopover and wintering area along the Pacific Flyway for shorebirds.

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is destined to protect two endangered bird species as the California Least tern and the light-footed clapper rail. Some of the rare species are California brown pelican, peregrine falcon, Belding’s savannah sparrow, Waterfowl, shore and wading birds. Public use is restricted and monthly public tours of the refuge and nature center are offered to the public to see the unique bird watching. The refuge is available and open for all ages. Also restore the area natural habitat and attract more native wildlife.

Hours:  Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The garden and marsh would be best seen during the spring for the garden bloom or fall for the migration of birds.

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

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Jun 23

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is an aquarium in San Pedro which concentrates on the marine life of Southern California since 1935. It connects visitors from all ages in education, recreation and research to uphold information, admiration and conservation of the marine life. It was designed by famous architect Frank Gehry. The museum provides rich and varied opportunities to see and learn about the fascinating marine environment. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium survives on funding and donations.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday – 12 noon to 5 pm, Saturday – Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Free (donation basis)

People can experience an ocean wonderland of gray whales and other marine mammals like jellyfish, lobster, and even sharks, with birds, native island plants, and marine biology at the museum. With multiple aquariums, touch tanks, and fascinating exhibits of local marine life and displays, visitors get close views of amazing underwater world. They also offer school, group programs and many events/tours are also held which enhance and add facilities for education, science, and learning.

While staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Long Beach hotel, you’re only a few miles away from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. For more details visit: http://www.cisuiteslongbeach.com/

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Jun 17

Point Fermin Park is a beautiful park at the southern-most point of the city of Los Angeles which is located near San Pedro at the end of Gaffey Street. This 37 acre park marks an amphitheater, picnic and barbeque areas, a children’s playground and stunning vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island.

The park features an awesome walking path right on top of the cliff which overlooks the ocean with spectacular views and the ability to watch sea life. The centerpiece of the park is the historic Point Fermin Lighthouse which was built in 1874. The best time to visit this place is at low tide, when most of the rocks and pools are exposed.  It is also one of the few places on the peninsula where Monarch butterflies spend their winters. It is a 4 mile out and back trail and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible year-round. Park is open at sunrise and closed at sunset.

In short, Point Fermin Park and its surrounding area is packed with spectacular views, geological wonders, and fascinating history.

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