Long Beach Convention Center Hotels Attractions & Destination Guide
Los Angeles, simply known as LA to many, is the largest city in the State of California and the second largest metropolitan area in the United States. The City of Angels has a population of 3,792,621with an area of 468.67 square miles (1,213.8 km2), and is located in Southern California.
Los Angeles is a leading world center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, and education, and has been ranked the third richest city and fifth most powerful and influential city in the world.
Known as the Entertainment Capital of the World and home to Hollywood, Los Angeles is one of the most dynamic, cultured, and diverse regions in the world, making many contributions to world culture and economics.
Los Angeles offers a multitude of activites from World Champion sports teams such as the Lakers, baseball with the storied franchise LA Dodgers, to amusement parks like Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and famed beaches and boardwalks such as Venice Beach and Santa Monica.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is located on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California and entertains over 1.5 million visitors annually. The aquarium sits right across the water from the Long Beach Convention Center and Shoreline Village.The aquarium features over 11,000 animals from over 500 different species from three areas of the Pacific Ocean: Northern Pacific, Tropical Pacific, and Southern Pacific. Two of the more popular exhibits are interactive where guests can pet sharks and stingrays in the Shark Lagoon and feed nectar to the birds in the Lorikeet Forest.
The California Science Center is a museum located in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California. The CA Science Center houses an IMAx theater, the Sketch Foundation Gallery, and the Science Center, which hosts an annual California State Science Fair.The California Science Center is an admission-free museum dedicated to creating fun, great memories, and stimulate curiosity for all of those interested. There are exhibits that are permanent and those that are changed out as time moves forward - nevertheless, there is so much to enjoy and to be educated about, that the mind never stops soaking up the endless knowledge it provides. The Museum now also holds the Space Shuttle Endeavour on display after its retirement from NASA.
Disneyland is the first and only theme park designed and opened by Walt Disney himself. Walt Disney dreamed of a park that would be the ideal place where both adults and children could go together and have fun. Disney opened Disneyland in 1955 and since its inception The Park has hosted over 600 million visitors. Going to Disneyland can be considered a pilgrimage of sorts for people from all around the world. Disneyland consists of eight themed 'lands' that occupy 85 acres. Full of live entertainment, Disney Themed rides, and much more to occupy the minds and hearts of children alive, Disneyland is a must see when visiting Los Angeles. Located in Anahiem, California just miles from Highway 5, Disneyland is easily accessibile, however, it is advised to book your visit early as the crowds are large, lodging in surrounding areas and tickets to visit The Park are quite expensive.
The second of two theme parks located in the Los Angeles area of southern California; the first of course being Disneyland. The overall theme of the park is based on the beautiful nature and national parks throughout California and the park itself is divided into eight areas: Buena Vista Street, A Bug’s Land, Hollywood Land, Cars Land, Condor Flats, Grizzly Peak, Pacific Wharf, and Paradise Pier.Disney’s California Adventure has been open since early 2001. Over time, there have been multiple renovations to existing areas and the additions to the park with a major revamp to Buena Vista Street, Cars Land, and Hollywood Land in June, 2012. The park attracts people of all ages and from various parts of the globe.
The home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a professional Major League Baseball team, located in downtown Los Angeles since 1962. Dodger Stadium is the third oldest baseball park in Major League Baseball after Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago. Dodger Stadium boasts the baseball stadium with the most seating capacity at 56,000 seats and it entertained a full capacity crowd when the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the New York Yankees in the 1963 World Series - The only World Series clinched by the Dodgers at home.
The El Dorado Nature Center is located between the San Gabriel River and the 605 freeway in Long Beach, California. The Nature Center spans across 105 acres of natural habitat to get away from it all and enjoy the serene outdoors.This sanctuary for plant life and animals alike has dirt trails, paved trails, two lakes, a stream, and a forested area. The Visitor Center, near the entrance of the Nature Center also houses the gift shop and educational center.
Hollywood, California, which houses both movie studios and movie stars, is the heart of American cinema. Thousands of movies are made here each year and is a place where thirsty, ambitious actors go to make their mark.The Academy Awards, often referred to as the Oscars, is held here each year in the Kodak Theater at the famous intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Hollywood also hosts its very own Christmas parade which goes down Hollywood Boulevard and is broadcast on local Los Angeles TV stations such at KTLA and select national stations as well.
Knott's Berry Farm is one of California's best theme parks located at the former site of a berry farm established by Walter Knott in the 1920s in what is now Buena Park. The Knotts family sold berries, berry preserves, and pies from a roadside stand. In 1934, the Knotts began selling fried chicken dinners in a tea room on the property, later called "Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant". The dinners soon became a major tourist draw, and the Knotts built several shops and other attractions to entertain visitors while waiting for a seat in the restaurant. In 1940, Walter Knott began constructing a replica Ghost Town on the property, the beginning of the present-day theme park. Knott added several other attractions over the years, and began charging admission to the attractions in 1968. In 1983, Knott's Berry Farm added Camp Snoopy, which began the park's present-day association with the Peanuts characters. Full of thrill rides, Knotts Berry Farm is divided into six themed areas: Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, The Boardwalk, Camp Snoopy, Wild Water Wilderness, and Indian Trails.
The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is located in Buena Park, California. Families enjoy dinner in a large theater within an 11th century themed castle which features staged games from the medieval time period including sword fighting and jousting.This highly detailed and action packed show brings back everything from the medieval times including the knights, the horses, the bill of fare (your dinner), the court, the castle, and the weapons. So get a bit of history lesson, from a fun and thrilling angle and enjoy this blast from the past.
The Peterson Automotive Museum is located on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California and is one of the worlds largest automotive museums. The museum was founded in 1994 by the founder of Hot Rod and Motor Trend magazines, Robert E. Petersen.The museum itself can show off over 100 vehicles, but owns over 200 vehicles in all. One floor has vehicles that are switched out from time to time while another floor houses permanent vehicles on showcase such as a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle (used in the Love Bug movie), a 1940 Pep Boys store marquee, and the Batmobile from the 1967 batman television series.
THe Staples Center is the home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball teams, the Los Angeles Kings NHL team, and the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA team. THe venue also hosts many other events such as concerts, arena football, boxing, and wrestling.THe Staples Center is part of a much larger area of land called LA Live - A 4 million plus square foot development that contains that Staples Center, ESPN Zone, The Nokia Theater, Club Nokia, Nokia Plaza, and the Grammy Museum. There are also a variety of restaurants including Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Katsuya, Lawry’s, Rosa Mexicano, Trader Vic’s, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, and the Yard House.
The Getty Center was opened in 1997 and founded by J. Paul Getty. The Getty Center is located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. It is very well known for its gardens, views, and architecture and attracts over 1.3 million visitors every year. The Getty Center contains masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Robert Irwin, and Richard Meier. Aside from the museum, the Getty Center also boasts the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. This attraction is the perfect place for those in search of design, architecture, creativity, and just plain fun.
Universal Studios Hollywood is a movie studio and theme park in Universal City, California and is home to one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood movie studios that is still in use. Several rides and shows create a full day's worth of activities for guests. 3D Films such ask Shrek 4-D to the Jurassic Park the Ride and the new Transformers The Ride offer fun for all ages. The Theme Park has several costumed characters depicting recognizable Hollywood heros, heroines, and cartoon characters from Marlyn Monroe to Scooby Doo.