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Long Beach is a large coastal and port city with an impressive coastlinein Southern California. It is situated at the very southeast southeastern edge of [[Los Angeles County]], bordering both the city of [[Los Angeles]] and [[Orange County (California)|Orange County]], in a region known as the [[Gateway Cities (Los Angeles County)|Gateway Cities]].
You may hear different people say both wonderful Long Beach is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in America. It has large percentages of Latinos and Whites (non-hispanic), as well as very sizeable percentages of Blacks (non-hispanic) and horrible things about Asians. As a whole, the city. This is because tends to have a more East-Coast/Midwest vibe when compared to the rest of the city is coastal California cities, so large that it encompasses everything ranging people from those regions of the country may find themselves a large industrial area to extremely exclusive communitieslittle more at home in Long Beach.
You may hear different people say different things about Long Beach ; either wonderful or horrible things. This is recognized as one of because the most culturally diverse cities in the United Statescity has quite a large population, with immigrants from all regions a density rate greater than that of the world calling it homenearby Los Angeles. It tends to have a more EastTherefore, like other large cities, Long Beach encompasses everything, such as large industrial areas, struggling neighborhoods, quiet middle-Coastclass communities, blue collar feel than the rest of coastal Californiaand exclusive neighborhoods.
Long Beach isn't typically the primary target of someone's tourist visit, but it is centrally located to just about everything else that you'd want to see in Southern California. That said, Long Beach does have has some nice people-gathering areas as well as amenities and genuine tourist attractions , such as a world-class aquarium and the Queen Mary floating museum /hotel. Special events are also held in the city like the annual Long Beach Grand Prix (a premier racing event held on city streets) and the annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride event. When compared to other areas like Hollywood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and West L.A., Long Beach may not always be at the top of someone's tourist visit to the Los Angeles area, but the city draws its fair share of visitors and a world-class aquariumhas proven it can definitely hold its own.
The area code for Long Beach is 562. For emergency services, dial 911 from any phone.
==Get in==
===By plane===
Out of the five airports in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Long Beach is served by can easily be reached from three airports: Long Beach Airport (LGB), within the city itself; Los Angeles International (LAX), LGB, 22 miles away; and Santa Ana (SNA), all of which are connected by 23 miles away. All three lie adjacent to Interstate 405. Unless you're flying JetBlueThe other two airport options are Burbank (BUR), LAX may 37 miles away; and Ontario (ONT), 53 miles away. LGB will obviously be the most practical of the threeconvenient to use location-wise and, being a smaller airport, provides less hassle; however, LAX may offer more frequent service and better fares.
'''Long Beach Airport''' ({{IATA|LGB}}) [] is the closest airport. ''JetBlue Airways'' [] serves 14 destinations from Long Beach Airport: Oakland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, NYC/JFK, Chicago O'Hare, Boston, DC/Dulles, Ft. Lauderdale, Austin, San Jose, Seattle, Portland OR, and San Francisco. Other airlines include ''Alaska Airlines'' (Seattle), ''US Airways Express'' (Phoenix), and ''Delta'' (Salt Lake City). Rental cars are available for hire at the airport (Avis, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, National)which will most likely be needed in Southern California. Long Beach Yellow Cab ''+ 1 -562'' 435-6111 serves the airportis another option, approximate fares to downtown hotels $30-40 OWone-way. City bus Long Beach Transit Route 111 (Broadway/Lakewood) connects the airport to downtown Long Beach and to the Blue Line at the downtown Transit Mall; it . It runs south to downtown (40 min ride) from LGB about once every half hour and costs $1.25[]. To find the bus stop, follow the taxi signs, walk one block beyond the taxi lineup, and turn right. Be sure to ask if the bus goes downtown, since both north- northbound and south-bound southbound Route 111 buses use this one bus stop at LGB.
'''Los Angeles International Airport''' ({{IATA|LAX}}) [] is the second closest airport, about 25 miles away. : It is fairly easy to take the Metro Rail from LAX to Long Beach, although you may require a short taxi ride or transfer to another bus to reach your final destination. Look for the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal, and board the free "G" Shuttle which terminates at takes you to the Aviation/LAX Green Line Metro Rail Station. This is the closest station to the airport. Purchase a two-segment ticket from the automated kiosk ($2.50)for the two rapid transit lines you will ride. You will take Take the Metro Green Line, train and exit at the Imperial/Wilmington/Rosa Parks Station, . Then change levels, and transfer to the Blue Line southbound to Long Beach. Overall travel time from LAX is about one an hourand fifteen minutes or so during daytime hours. It Daytime travel is fine, but it is not recommended to take this line the Blue Line late at night. The Long Beach Transit Mall in downtown Long Beach is the southern terminus of evening as the Blue linetraverses some very questionable neighborhoods. Two shared van services (Supershuttle or PrimeTime Shuttle) provide door to door service from LAX. Advise the representatives that you need a ride to Long Beach, and they will flag the appropriate van. Fare is approximately $28 one way, taking about one hour. A taxi from LAX to Long Beach is about $70. The If you do not plan on having a car, the shuttle or taxi is the most convenient if you are traveling with heavy bags, arriving at nightin the evening, or going to a final destination not near a Blue Line station.
'''Orange County/John Wayne Airport''' ({{IATA|SNA}}) [] is : City buses will offer the third closest airport, about 35 miles away. No convenient only public transportation to Long Beach; would have to rent from SNA, which will not be too convenient. Renting a car (as you will probably need anyway) or take taking a shuttle or taxi will be better options. This airport and LAX are about equal distances from Long Beach (abeit, in different directions) and although busy, it is somewhat less busier than LAX for a taxilittle less airport hassle.
===By rail===
===By public transit from Orange County===
There are several easy ways to get to Long Beach from Orange County if you don't have or can't rent a car. The most direct way is to take Orange County Transit Authority's Route 50 bus servicing Katella Avenue, which passes between Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center. The western terminus of this route is Cal California State UUniversity-Long Beach(CSULB). If you are in the Beach Cities, take Route 1 servicing the Pacific Coast Highway and also terminating at CSULB. Alternatively, you can also take Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner or Metrolink's Orange County Line to LA Union Station and transfer to Metro Rail as already described.
==Get around==
There are several transit agencies with bus routes in Long Beach.
* '''Long Beach Transit''' [], +1 562 591-2301, offers 38 bus routes serving the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, and Signal Hill. Fares - Regular: $1.1025; Seniors (62 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.5560; Children 4 and under, Legally blind, persons in wheelchairs: Free. Long Beach Transit also offers a Day Pass - Regular: $34.5000; Seniors (62 and older), etc., $2.50. Transfers: $0.50.
* '''Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority''' (Metro) [] Toll free ''+1-800'' 266-6883 (includes Blue Line light rail to downtown Los Angeles and Green Line to LAX). Fares Regular $1.2550, each leg (transfers within the MTA system are not free); Seniors (62 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.55; Two children under age 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult. Metro Day Pass Regular $5, valid on all MTA Bus and rail lines. Transfers to other systems, $0.30.
* '''Orange County Transportation Authority''' (OCTA) [] ''1-800'' 636-7433. Fares - Regular: $1.2550; Seniors (62 60 and older), Medicare, Disabled: $0.5060. OCTA also offers a Day Pass - Regular: $34; Seniors (62 and older), etc., $1.25. See the website for multi-day passes.
* ''' <see name="Aquarium of the Pacific''', " alt="" address="100 Aquarium Way; " directions="" phone="''+1-562'' 590-3100, Fax: " email="[email protected]" fax="''+1-562''951-1629, e-mail:[email protected], [" url="]. Open " hours="Daily 9AM-6PM every day of the year, except December 25 and during 25and the weekend of the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the largest aquariums in the United States. Its nearly 1,000 species fill 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits and take visitors on a journey throughout the Pacific Ocean's three regions: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific, and the Northern Pacific. April" price="General Admission: Adult - $2024.95, Child (3-11) - $1113.95, Senior (6062+) - $1721.95. General Admission Plus Behind-The-Scenes Tour (ages 7 and up only): Adult - $3138.95, Child (73-11) - $2327.95, Senior (6062+) - $2935.95. ">One of the largest aquariums in the United States, its nearly 1,000 species fill 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits and take visitors through three regions of the Pacific Ocean: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific, and the Northern Pacific. There is also a Combo package with the Queen Mary. (Pay parking or take Passport C)</see>
* ''' <see name="Queen Mary''', " alt="" address="1126 Queens Highway; " directions="" phone="''+1-562877'' 435342-3511, [0738" email="" fax="" url="]. Daily " hours="Su-Th 10AM-6PM, F-Sa 10AM-7PM" price="General Admission: Adult - $24.95, Senior/Military* - $21. 95, Child (5-11) - $12.95">The Queen Mary is a historic Cunard White Star ocean liner whose past includes being a troop transport in World War II and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several different tours of the ship are offered including a Ghosts and Legends tour. The Queen Mary also boasts a hotel, several restaurants and a shopping promenade. General Admission (includes Ghosts and Legends Tour, Self-Guided Queen Mary Shipwalk Tour and access to all open exhibit areas): Adult - $22.95, Senior/Military* - $19.95, Child (5-11) - $11.95. There are several other tour packages including a Combo ticket with the Aquarium of the Pacificor the Scorpion Submarine. (Pay parking or take Passport C)</see>
* ''' <see name="Russian Foxtrot Submarine: "SCORPION"''', " alt="" address="1126 Queens Highway (next " directions="adjacent to the Queen Mary); " phone="''+1 562'' 432-0424, Fax: (909) 336-5938, e-mail: " email="[email protected], [" fax="''+1 909'' 336-5938" url="]. " hours="Daily 10AM-6PM" price="Adults - $10.95; Seniors (55+), Children (3 to 11), Military (With ID)- $9. 95; Under 3 are Free">A self-guided tour of a Cold War Soviet submarine. A retired Russian submarine officer is at the submarine five days a week to answer questions. Call ahead for days and hours he will be available. Be aware that the passageways and hatches are very small, so this is not for those who are claustrophobic. Adults - $10.95; Seniors (55+), Children (3 to 11), Military (With ID)- $9.95; Under 3 are FreeAdmission is also available as a combo ticket with the Queen Mary. (Pay parking or take Passport C)</see>
* ''' <see name="Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden''', " alt="" address="1250 Bellflower Boulevard ''" directions="On the campus of California State University Long Beach'', " phone="''+1-562'' 985-5930, e-mail:" email="[email protected], [" fax="" url="]index. html" hours="Tu-F 8AM-3:30PM, Su Noon to 4PM, Closed M and Sa,M. Please call to verify hours as university events sometimes require early closures. " price="Free">The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is a 1.3 acre Japanese garden with a traditional tea house and koi ponds. A self-guided tour book is available for $1. Call to verify hours as university events sometimes require early closures. Tours for groups of 10 or more may be arranged by calling the garden office at ''+1-562'' 985-8420. General Admission: Adult - $3, Senior (60+) - $2, Child (under 12) - Free. Take Passport D.</see>
* ''' <see name="Long Beach Museum of Art''', " alt="" address="2300 East Ocean Boulevard; " directions="" phone="''+1-562'' 439-2119, " email="" fax: ="''+1-562'' 439-3587, [" url="]. Tu" hours="Th 11AM-8PM, F-Su 11AM-5PM, Closed MJan 1, December Jul 4, Thanksgiving, and Dec 25 and January 1. A small art museum featuring 20th Century art and decorative pieces with a focus on California artists. Admission: " price="Adult - $7, Senior (62+)/Students (with ID) - $6, Child (under 12) - Free. Every Friday is Thursday evening from 5PM-8PM free for all ages. ">A small art museum featuring 20th Century art and decorative pieces with a focus on California artists. Take Passport A or D.</see>
* <see name="Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Adobe" alt="" address="4600 Virginia Road" directions="" phone="''+1-562'Naples Island'570-1755" email="" fax="''+1-562'' 570-1893" url="" hours="W-Su 1PM-5PM except holidays" price="Free, donations welcomed. ">A district two-story Monterey-style adobe home built in the southeast corner of 1844. A National, State, and Long Beach featuring canals with million dollar homes Historic Landmark, the site includes historic gardens and walkways lining the canalsa research library. At Christmas, the residents extravagantly decorate their homes drawing crowds of pedestrians Docent led tours on every hour from 1PM to admire the works of decorating art4PM. Groups over 10 should reserve two weeks ahead. Take Passport A or DSpecial events listed on the website.</see>
* <see name="Naples Island" alt="" address="" directions="Take Ravenna Drive south from 2nd Street" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A district in the southeast corner of Long Beach featuring canals with million dollar homes and walkways lining the canals. At Christmas, the residents extravagantly decorate their homes drawing crowds of pedestrians to admire the works of decorating art. Take Passport A or D.</see> * <see name="Long Beach Firefighter''' s Museum" alt="Old Station 10" address="1445 Peterson Ave." directions="" phone="" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="W 8AM-Noon, 2nd Sa 10A-3PM" price="Free" lat="33.785172" long="-118.173233"></see>  *<see name="Rancho Los Cerritos Historic AdobeAlamitos Museum" alt="" address="6400 E. Bixby Hill Rd." directions="enter through the residential security gate at Anaheim and Palo Verde" phone="''1-562'', 4600 Virginia Road, 431-3541" fax="''+1562'' 430-9694" url="" hours="W-Su 1PM-5PM" price="Free" lat="" long="">Museum of the old Bixby Farmhouse and gardens. </see> * <see name="Museum of Latin American Art" alt="MOLAA" address="628 Alamitos Ave." directions="" phone="''+1 562'' 570437-1755, 1689" email="[email protected]" fax: ="''+1-562'' 570437-1893, [7043" url="http://www.rancholoscerritosmolaa.orgcom/]. Open " hours="W,F-Su 1PM11A-5PM except holidays. Rancho Los Cerritos is a twoTh 11A-story Monterey-style adobe home built in 18449PM. Closed Jan. A National1, StateJul. 4, and Long Beach Historic LandmarkThanksgiving, the site includes historic gardens Dec. 24 and a research library25. Docent led tours on weekends" price="General - $9, 1PM to 4PMSeniors and students - $6, self guided tours Wchildren under 12 -Ffree">MOLAA is the only museum in the western United States that exclusively features contemporary Latin American art. Groups over 10 should reserve two weeks aheadThe museum seeks to educate through the utilization of its permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and programs. Special events listed on MOLAA is in the website. Free, donations welcomednewly developing East Village Arts District of Long Beach.</see>
=== Activities ===
* <do name="Gondola Getaway" alt="" address="5437 E. Ocean Blvd." directions="Naples" phone="''+1-562'' 433-9595" email="" fax="" hours="Seven days a week, 11AM - 11PM, Closed holidays" price="2 to 6 people: $75 85 for two people and $20/additional person; 7 to 19 14 people: $250 up to 10 and $25/personadditional to 14; 20 21 to 64 60 people: $20/person" url="">Romantic gondola boat ride along the canals in Naples. Crackers and cheese are provided. Bring your own beverage. Make reservations at least one day in advance (3 weeks is recommended). Reservation office hours 9AM - 5PM daily.</do>
* <do name="Catalina Express" alt="" address="320 Golden Shore" directions="downtown Long Beach" phone="toll free ''+1-800'' 481-3470" url="" hours="Daily departures, varies with season" price="Round trip fares: Adult - $60 70.50 adult, Senior (55+) - $5464, Child (2-11) - $46.5055, Infants (under 2) - Free$5. Bikes and surfboards - $6" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Boat service to [[Catalina Island]]. Reservations are recommended. Note that each passenger is allowed 2 pieces of luggage, no larger than 21×24x36 37x23x23 inches (53x61x91 94x58x58 cm) and weighing no more than 70 50 pounds (31 22 kg) each as well as one carry-on bag.</do>
* <do name="Long Beach State Athletics" alt="49er's" address="1250 Bellflower Boulevard" directions="" phone="''+1-562'' 985-4949" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The 49er's compete in NCAA Division 1 collegiate sports, including baseball (the "Dirtbags"), softball, basketball, volleyball, water polo, and women's soccer and tennis. Venues include the blue Walter Pyramid , one of three true pyramids in the United States and Blair Field.</do>
* <do name="Recreation Park Golf Course 18Belmont Plaza Pool" alt="" address="5001 Deukmejian 4000 E Olympic Plaza Drive" directions="At the foot of Termino Avenue, near the Belmont Shore pier" phone="''+1-562'' 494570-5000 1805" email="" fax="" url="http://recpark18www.americangolflongbeach.comgov/park/recreation/aquatics/pools/belmont_plaza_pool.asp" hours="daybreak - 9:00PMHours vary depending on age and activity. See web site for schedule." price="Non-Resident: M-F Adults - $294, Sa-Su youth (17 and under) and Seniors (50 and holidays over) - $373.">A Billy BellAn Olympic-designed 18sized indoor pool frequently used for swimming events. Parking metered, 8AM -hole layout with rolling terrain and various types of trees lining the fairways6PM, $1/hour.</do>
* <do name="Recreation Park Golf Course 9Long Beach Performing Arts Center" alt="includes the Terrace Theatre" address="5000 East 7th Street300 Ocean Blvd" directions="" phone="''+1-562'' 438436-4012" email="" fax="3661" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A nine-hole executive coursePerformances of International City Theatre [], Long Beach Symphony Orchestra [], and other events.</do>
* <do name="Skylinks Golf CourseEl Dorado Park West" alt="" address="4800 East Wardlow Road2800 Studebaker Rd." directions="" phone="''+1-562'' 421570-33883225" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://skylinkswww.americangolflongbeach.comgov/park/parks_and_open_spaces/parks/el_dorado_park_west.asp" hours="6AM-9Info Desk:30PM" price="18 Hole Non-Resident M-F 9AM- $42.507PM, Sa12PM-4PM, Closed Su and holidays - $54" price="">A championship 18 hole Scottish links tyle course Free to the public portion of El Dorado with hilly lies on either side of the fairway. The course was redesigned by Cal Olsen in 2004Youth Recreation and Senior Center.</do>
* <do name="Heartwell Golf CourseEl Dorado East Regional Park" alt="" address="6700 East Carson Street7550 E. Spring St." directions="" phone="''+1-562'' 421570-88551773" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://heartwellwww.americangolflongbeach.comgov/park/parks_and_open_spaces/parks/el_dorado_regional_park.asp" hours="7AM-dusk, Closed on Christmas" price="18 Holes Non-Resident: M-F - $145, Sa-Su and holidays - $16; 9-Holes Non-Resident: M-F - $107 Sat. & Sun, After 12PM Sa-Su and holidays - $118">18-Hole Par 3 course designed by William F. BellVery large recreation park with bike paths, playgrounds, and ponds.</do>
* <do name="Belmont Plaza PoolEl Dorado Park Nature Center" alt="" address="4000 7550 E Olympic Plaza Drive. Spring St." directions="At the foot of Termino Avenue, near the Belmont Shore pier" phone="''+1-562'' 570-18051745" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="Hours vary depending on age and activity. See web site for schedule.Trails: Tu-Su 8AM-5PM Tu-Su, Museum: Tu-Su 8:30AM-4PM" price="Adults - $3See El Dorado East Regional Park for admission">Located inside El Dorado East Regional Park, the Nature Center is a large forested park with trails, a museum, youth (17 two lakes and under) and Seniors (50 and over) - $2native Califonia wildlife.">An Olympic-sized indoor pool frequently used See website for swimming special monthly events. Parking metered, 8AM - 6PM, $1/hour.</do>
* <do name="Long Beach Performing Arts Center" alt="includes the Terrace Theatre" address="300 Ocean Blvd" directions="" phone="''+1-562'' 436-3661" url="" hoursGolf="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Performances of International City Theatre [], Long Beach Symphony Orchestra []is a very golf-friendly city, and other eventshome to several golf courses.</do>
* <do name="El Dorado Park WestGolf Club" alt="Golf Course" address="2800 2400 Studebaker Rd.Road" directions="" phone="''+1-562 570'' 430-32255411" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="Info Desk: 9AM-7PM M-F, 12PMSunrise -4PM Sat. Closed Sunsunset" price="Call for current rates">Free to the public portion of El Dorado An 18 hole Ted Robinson, Sr. designed course with Youth Recreation challenging water hazards and Senior Centermature tree lined fairways.</do>
* <do name="El Dorado Recreation Park EastGolf Course 18" alt="" address="7550 E. Spring St.5001 Deukmejian Drive" directions="" phone="''+1-562 570'' 494-17735000 " email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="7AMdaybreak -dusk, Closed on Christmas9:00PM" price="$4 Non-Resident: M-F, - $7 Sat. & Sun34, Sa-Su and holidays - $8 on Holidays45"> Very large recreation park A Billy Bell-designed 18-hole layout with bike paths, playgrounds, rolling terrain and pondsvarious types of trees lining the fairways.</do>
* <do name="El Dorado Recreation Park Nature CenterGolf Course 9" alt="" address="7550 E. Spring St.5000 East 7th Street" directions="" phone="''+1-562 570'' 438-17454012" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours=" 8AM-5PM Tu-Su, 8:30AM-4PM Sat & Sun" price="Call for current rates "> Large forested park with trails, a museum (Open 10AMA nine-4PM Tu-F), and native Califonia wildlifehole executive course. Like you're not even in the city!</do>
* <do name="El Dorado Park Skylinks Golf ClubCourse" alt="Golf Course" address="2400 Studebaker 4800 East Wardlow Road" directions="" phone="''+1-562'' 430421-54113388" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="sunrise 6AM- sunset9:30PM" price="M-F - $15, Sa-Su and holidays - $17Call for current rates">An A championship 18 hole Ted Robinson, SrScottish links tyle course with hilly lies on either side of the fairway. designed The course with challenging water hazards and mature tree lined fairwayswas redesigned by Cal Olsen in 2004.</do>
*<do name="Rancho Los Alamitos MuseumHeartwell Golf Course" alt="" address="6400 E. Bixby Hill Rd.6700 East Carson Street" directions="" phone="''+1-562 431'' 421-35418855" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="18 Holes Non-Resident: M-F - $14, Sa-Su and holidays - $16; 9-Holes Non-Resident: M-F - $10, After 12PM Sa-Su and holidays - $11">Museum of the old Bixby Farmhouse and gardens18-Hole Par 3 course designed by William F. Bell. </do>
* '''<do name="Long Beach Grand Prix" alt="" address="Downtown" directions="" phone="''+1 562' [' 981-2600" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="] - Formerly CART, and as of " hours="April 2009 " price="">A weekend long event culminating in Indycar racing on a 2 mile track through the streets of downtown. Held every April. Celebrities often race in races are among the pre-racesevents.</do> * '''<do name="Gay Pride Festival" alt="" address="Rainbow Harbor and the Marina Green" directions="" phone="''+1 562'' [987-9191" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="] - " hours="" price="">Held every May at Rainbow Harbor , the Festival celebrates gay, lesbian, and transgender lifestyles through music, stage performances, and the Marina Greena parade.</do>  
* '''Long Beach Sea Festival''' [] - A summer long series of events, many of them free, held throughout the city.
* '''Grecian Festival''' - Greek food and entertainment. Call ''+1-562'' 494-8929 for more information. Labor Day weekend.
** LBCC Pacific Coast Campus - 1305 East Pacific Coast Highway
*'''Long Beach Museum of Art''' Healing Children through Creativity: Child Art Therapy Workshop, October 27 and 28, 2008, [] 2300 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90803. An introduction to the basic principles and practice of art therapy with children suffering from emotional, behavioral, medical and developmental challenges.
*'''Museum of Latin American Art (molaa)''' [], 562-437-1689. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802. Molaa is the only museum in the western United States that exclusively features contemporary Latin American art. The museum seeks to educate through the utilization of its permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and programs. Molaa is in the newly developing East Village Arts District of Long Beach.
*'''Belmont Shore''' pedestrian district, Second Street in Belmont Shore. Bars, restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and national store outlets such as the Gap, Banana Republic, Buffalo Exchange and Vans. Between Buffalo Exchange and ZPizza is the record store Fingerprints, a local favorite with tons of new and vintage music. Take Passport A or D.
*<buy name="East 4th" alt="" address="Between Cherry St. and Junipero along 4th St." directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Home to independent retro and hipster bookstores, clothing shops, furniture shops, and an Independent movie theater, the Art Theatre. Check out La Bomba for its extensive selection (including a literal mountain of clothes in the back of the store that you literally dig through.) Take Passport B.</buy>
*<eat name="Creme De La Crepe" alt="" address="400 E. First Street Long Beach 90802" directions="Corner of First and Elm just off Ocean Blvd" phone="562 437 2222" url="" hours="8AM-10PM" price="" lat="" long="">Picture a Paris street cafe, add sunshine and cool breeze and what you get is "la creme de la crepe..." Authentic French cafe serving breakfast, lunch and diner daily. Et Award winner every year since 2005 and now recommended by Sunset Magazine, et voila!</eat> *<eat name="Sushi Studio" alt="" address="4917 East Pacific Coast Highway" directions="" phone="(562) 498-9008" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Sushi restaurant that has a Thai theme with very good lunch and happy hour specials. Lunch specials under 10$ and specials on rolls. The Yellow Submarine(vegetarian) and Sexy girl rolls are very good. Located next to Don's Motel on Pacific Coast Highway. Parking can be tight sometimes. </eat>
*<eat name="Cafe Bixby and Pizza" alt="" address="3900 Atlantic Ave." directions="" phone="''+1-562 427-2233" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""> Relaxed, causal-style all-American resuraunt.</eat>
* <eat name="Chelsea" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="''+1-562'' 435-3511" email="" fax="" url="" hours="W-Su: 5:30PM-10PM" price="$24.50-47.00">Seafood specialties</eat>
* <drink name="Observation Bar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="''+1-562'' 435-3511" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-Tu - 12PM-12AM; W-Sa - 10AM-2AM; Su - 10AM-12AM" price=""></drink>
* <eat name="Tibbies Cabaret" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="''+1-562'' 499-1757" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Show times vary. Check website for details" price="All prices include show. Adult - $61.95; Senior (65+) and Military with ID - $56.95; Child (12 and under) - $30.95"></eat>
*<sleep name="Extended Stay America‎ - Long Beach Airport" alt="" address="4105 E Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815" directions="From I-405, take the Lakewood Blvd. Exit South. Travel approximately 200 yards. Turn right onto Willow St. and travel approximately 200 yards. Extended StayAmerica will be on the right." phone="(562) 989-4601" url="" checkin="3PM" checkout="11AM" price="" lat="" long="">Clean budget hotel suits with fully-equipped kitchens, plenty of work space and amenities you won't find in a typical hotel room. Near Long Beach Airport. Great stay for business. Practical stay for families with kids. Pets are welcome (fees applied)</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hotel Maya" alt="(formerly Coast)" address="700 Queensway Drive" directions="" phone="+ 562 435-7676" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Newly renovated, exotic rooms featuring balconies and patios with bay or skyline views in a Latin resort theme, formerly a Joie de Vivre property now a member of the double tree hotel group</sleep>
*<sleep name="Vagabond Inn Long Beach" alt="" address="150 Alamitos, Long Beach, CA 90802" directions="" phone="562-435-7621" url="" checkin="3:00pm" checkout="11:00am" price="" lat="33.768214" long="-118.18215">Vagabond Inn Long Beach offers pet friendly rooms, complimentary continental breakfast, swimming pool, in-room safes, free WiFi, and other services.</sleep>
==Stay safe==
Long Beach has its own police department operating from four main stations throughout the city. Police can be reached by dialing '''911 ''' toll-free from any phone. Note that The Long Beach Police now receive '''911''' calls directly from cell phones however calling '''911''' from a cell phone when near freeways will connect you with the California Highway Patrol when near freeways. The Long Beach Police now receive 911 calls directly from cell phones. To reach the Long Beach Police directly from a cell phone, dial ''+1 562'' 435-6711.
* '''South Station''' - 400 W. Broadway
* '''West Station''' - 1835 Santa Fe Avenue
===Fire/Emergency Medical Services===
Long Beach also has its own Class 1 Fire Department. The Class 1 designation indicates that response times to emergencies average 5 minutes or less. To request emergency assistance from the Fire Department, dial '''911''' toll-free from any phone. Note that calling 911 from a cell phone will connect you with the California Highway Patrol. To reach the Long Beach Fire Department directly from a cell phone, dial ''+1 562'' 436-8211.
Every fire engine and truck is staffed by fire-fighters with Basic Life Support training. The department also has a number of Advanced Life Support certified Paramedic Ambulances strategically stationed around the city. Fire Department Ambulances are available for emergency medical transport to a hospital, however, be aware that you will be billed for transport.
Long Beach is well-stocked with served by hospitals. There are three major hospitals in the city, including two that are Level II Trauma Centers trauma centers (Memorial and St. Mary) capable of handling all but the most critical emergencies. All five of the hospitals listed below have 24-hour emergency rooms.
* '''Long Beach Memorial Hospital''' [] - 2801 Atlantic Avenue, ''+1 562'' 933-2000
* '''St. Mary Medical Center''' [] - 1050 Linden Avenue, ''+1 562'' 491-9000
* '''Community Hospital of Long Beach''' [] - 1720 Termino Avenue, ''+1 562'' 498-1000
While there are three hospitals in the city, they are all south of Interstate 405. In North and East Long Beach, the nearest hospitals are located in neighboring cities.
North: '''Lakewood Regional Medical Center''' [] - 3700 East South Street, Lakewood, ''+1 562'' 531-2550. This hospital has an emergency room reservation service. See their website for details.
East: '''Los Alamitos Medical Center''' [] - 3751 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, ''+1 562'' 598-1311. This hospital has an emergency room reservation service. See their website for details.
==Get out==
* '''Carnival Cruise Lines''' [] - Long Beach is the home port for the ships "Ecstasy" and "Elation." Carnival built a terminal next to the Queen Mary. Cruises leave from this port to [[Baja California]] and the [[Mexican Riviera]].
* '''Metro Blue Line''' [] - (800) 266-6883 - Travels to [[Los Angeles/Downtown|downtown Los Angeles]]. Additionally, transferring to the Red Line will lead you to [[Hollywood]].
* Travel east on Willow Street until it crosses into [[Orange County (California)|Orange County]] and becomes Katella Avenue - [[Disneyland]] will be to the left side of the road.
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