The Los Angeles River winds through L.A. County for 51 miles, running to the Long Beach Harbor. The harbor is a major point of commercial trade and a recreational center. During the summer, the Port of Long Beach hosts free boat tours. Downtown Long Beach is less than 2-miles away. There are also several waterfront parks and educational attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary.
Shoreline Aquatic Park (200 Aquarium Way, 90802)
DIRECTIONS TO THE START
TRANSIT: Take the Metro Blue Line to Long Beach. Exit at the Convention Center/Downtown exit.
CAR: Take the 710 South to Long Beach. Follow the signs to Downtown/Aquarium.Merge onto Shoreline Drive. Take the ramp to Golden Shore Street. Park in any one of the metered lots.
Palm Beach Park
This little park overlooks the mud-flats at the estuary where the shorebirds gather. Metered parking is available off Golden Shore Street.
Shoreline Aquatic Park
Just beyond the spot where the L.A. River widens into the harbor. There's a lighthouse on a grassy hill, plus lots of meandering paths amid great vistas of the marina and surrounding area. Take a stroll starting at the Aquarium of the Pacific, go to the water, take a right and head along the water's edge. Curve around the beachfront areas, aiming for the lighthouse. Take the path that spirals up the grassy hill to the lighthouse.
200 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, California 90802
Aquarium of the Pacific
This world-class aquarium is a favorite destination for families. Parking, food and restrooms are available here.
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
This famous ocean liner (and her neighboring Russian submarine) are open for tours of various kinds. Kids love prowling around the corridors and decks. Parking, multiple dining options and restrooms are available.
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
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