Long Beach Journals

Sea Lions, and Dolphins, and Whales, Oh My

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A July 2008 trip to Long Beach by onesundaymorning

Harbor Breeze Cruises  Photo, Long Beach, California More Photos
Quote: Along the harbor in Long Beach.

Parker's Lighthouse

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Restaurant

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Walking along Shoreline Village I was trying to resist all the delicious smells filling the sidewalk, but when I reached Parker's Lighthouse I broke. The food, as my friend Randy would say, was delicious to the eyes. First Parker's Lighthouse is located at the very end of Shoreline Village giving it the perfect location facing the sea and the harbor. The walking path that winds along the shore actually cuts though the outside seating area. This is where they make even the strongest crumble; the food looks so good that anyone would run in just to try the tantalizing temptations that filled each table. I was seduced and betrayed by my own senses and went in. The restaurant is three floors, v...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 9, 2008

Parker's Lighthouse
435 Shoreline Village Drive
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 432-6500

Harbor Breeze Cruises

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Attraction | "Whale Watching"

Harbor Breeze Cruises  Photo, Long Beach, California
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I walked along the pier looking for a whale watching tour. Most that I came across were harbor cruises. Near the Aquarium of the Pacific I found Harbor Breeze. First the basics. During the months of June though September Blue Whale's migrate off the coast of Southern California; 2007 was their longest season with the whales staying until December. The Blue Whale is the largest animal in the world and only 14,000 are known to exist. How do I know this? Well, unlike the other cruises, Harbor Breeze sets sail with a specialist from the Aquarium of the Pacific. The cruise costs $45 for the whale watching that last 3- 31/2 hours. They offer other tours such as the harbor cruise ($10), a dolphin and sea lif...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2008

Harbor Breeze Cruises
100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2
Long Beach 90802
(562) 432-4900

Aquarium of the Pacific

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Attraction

Aquarium of the Pacific Photo, Long Beach, California
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The Aquarium of the Pacific wasn't what I expected in either a good or bad way. Walking in I had larger then life expectations due to all of the media hype that the aquarium receives; overall I wasn't impressed, but there were some areas that blew me away. The aquarium is open every day from 9am to 6pm with longer hours for special occasions. Prices are steep and really not worth the entrance fee ($20.95 adults, $17.95 seniors, and $11.95 children 3-11). I happened to get in for half price on a Sunday when the aquarium was celebrating their 10th birthday for $10. There are packages for whale watching and entrance the the aquarium for $50, which is well worth the price. Once inside the gift shop ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 17, 2008

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 590-3100

Harbor Breeze Cruises

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Attraction | "Harbor Cruise"

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The harbor cruises are a great, inexpensive way to spend an hour and see the harbor, and learn about Long Beach. Harbor Breeze offers the option of harbor and sea life cruises for very reasonable prices. My cruise was only $10 for 45 minutes (for kids under 5 it's free). They are located in Rainbow Harbor near the Aquarium of the Pacific. They have a small booth and announce up coming cruises every few minutes over their PA system. The boat they use is two floors with the top floor being open seating which fills up the fastest. I sat on the wrong side of the boat. I took a seat on the left hand side when all of the good sites were on the right, but my consolation prize was that I got great photo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2008

Harbor Breeze Cruises
100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2
Long Beach 90802
(562) 432-4900

Rainbow Harbor

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Attraction | "Long Beach Harbor"

cruise Photo, Long Beach, California
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I got off the Blue Line at the Transit Mall and walked to the harbor only a couple of blocks away. Essentially the harbor is broken into two areas: Rainbow Harbor and the Shoreline Village with a pathway that wraps around the ocean and connects the two areas. I started my walk along the path that headed out to sea. On one side was an area where the yachts docked and on the opposite side was a a beautiful view of the ocean with areas to fish, view the Queen Mary, and see the shipyards. The path ends where the mouth to the docks start. There was a stone bench that I sat on to watch boats sail out to sea. Most times there is a wonderful breeze blowing in off the ocean to keep cool on the hot ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2008