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Aquarium of the Pacific: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

1. Aquarium of the Pacific: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

Take a journey of discovery at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch the Magellanic penguins. Discover Pacific Visions where you explore underwater realms and future possibilities. The centerpiece, Honda Pacific Visions Theater, features an 8-minute film with multisensory effects. The massive 180-degree curved screen and floor projection disc encompass the viewers’ full range of vision, creating a uniquely immersive experience. The theater experience is included in admission.

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Los Angeles: Skip-the-Line Battleship Iowa Museum Ticket

2. Los Angeles: Skip-the-Line Battleship Iowa Museum Ticket

Learn about the Battleship of Presidents and see how sailors lived during your visit to the Battleship IOWA Museum. As you walk onboard you'll be greeted on the quarter deck and be given a safety briefing. Appreciate Iowa’s graceful, narrow lifted bow as you look forward up the sloped deck. Stand in front of turret one to get an up-close and personal look at the barrel of a 16-inch 50 caliber Mark 7. Continue a level above the main deck and see inside the captain’s cabin. Learn about president Franklin D. Roosevelt's custom-built bathtub, the first aboard a USN vessel. It was built for his stay on board because of his inability to take showers due to polio. Next, you'll see The 03 level flag bridge. Hear about the history of the ship and how only IOWA’s 03 level conning tower was armored among the four ships of her class. As you move toward the stern on the 05 level you'll get a closer look at the replicas of the 20mm Phalanx CIWS guns. Continue along the tour route, which will lead you down to a narrow deck behind one of the 5-inch gun mounts. Take a moment to walk around the large fantail when you reach the main deck. The self-guided tour includes free use of the award-winning mobile app and the Vicky the Dog scavenger hunt. This application contains a great deal of information that will enhance your experience.

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Long Beach: Swan Boat Rental at Rainbow Lagoon

3. Long Beach: Swan Boat Rental at Rainbow Lagoon

Explore Long Beach's renowned Rainbow Lagoon with a Swan Pedal Boat rental. Enjoy a refreshing change of pace from the usual beachside activity. Easy to maneuver, pedal boats are perfect for families and friends. Glide across the water in style while commandeering a Swan Boat. Fun and eye-catching, they're perfect for a romantic date or family outing. Catch sight of the world-famous whale mural at the Long Beach Convention, or some of the luxury yachts in the harbor on your cruise. All boats come equipped with a Bimini top for sunshade. You are also welcome to bring food and (non-alcoholic) drinks aboard. Try an LED illuminated night ride for an unforgettable experience with a beautiful evening view.

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Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

4. Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

Join the captain and crew and set off on a 45-minute exploratory mission through Lover's Cove, a State Marine Conservation Area sanctuary. Traverse amazing undersea gardens and ocean habitats in a semi-submersible vessel designed after America's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, on a trip that is both educational and entertaining. Let your imagination descend into the depths of the ocean as you explore the magic and wonder of undersea life on the Nautilus. Venture into the ocean and through the kelp forest in a state-of-the-art vessel. Learn about what you see with the crew and research team, and let them entertain you with their stories. As you learn and explore, interact with the fish through a specially designed feeding system. Launch fish food torpedoes right from your seat (at an additional cost) and instigate feeding frenzies right outside your personal porthole.

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Los Angeles: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

5. Los Angeles: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

The Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass is the only multi-attraction pass that gets you into over 40 top attractions in the city for one low price. Save up to 45% off retail prices on admission and pay nothing at the gate. In addition, when you buy a 3-, 5- or 7-day pass, you also get a ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood. Visit The Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, Aquarium of the Pacific, Dolby Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and many more of the best things to do in L.A., Hollywood, and beyond. There’s no need to decide in advance what you want to see, and you can take up to 2 weeks from when you first use the pass to use the remaining days on your pass. The free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, how to get there, and even includes the best times to visit. The 3-, 5-, and 7-day All-Inclusive passes also include free admission to Universal Studios Hollywood as an added bonus. Activities, attractions, and tours included with the Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass: Theme Parks: • Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket (3+ day passes only) • Knott's Berry Farm • Six Flags Magic Mountain • LEGOLAND California (choice between San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND) Outdoors: • Pacific Park - Santa Monica Pier • Whale Watching in San Pedro or Long Beach • Catalina Flyer (Ferry to Catalina Island) • Harbor Breeze Whale Watching Tour - Long Beach • Perry's Beach Cafe and Rentals - Mountain Bike or Roller-Skates (All Day) • Hollywood Hike by Bikes & Hikes (10:30 AM only) • Celebrity Bike Tour by Bikes & Hikes LA (choice between self-guided or guided tour) • Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruises - Newport Landing• Harbor Cruise in Long Beach or San Pedro Guided Tours: • Big Bus Los Angeles 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Tour • Big Bus Celebrity Lifestyle and Homes Tour • Dolby Theater Guided Tour • Sony Pictures Studio Tour • Starline Tours: Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour • Food, Arts, Culture DTLA Walking Tour • Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes Tour by Red Line Tours Family-Friendly: • Madame Tussauds Hollywood • Aquarium of the Pacific • TCL Chinese Theater - Tour or Movie and a drink (choice between TCL Chinese Theater or Hollywood Museum) • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium • LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens • California Science Center IMAX Movie • San Diego Zoo (choice between San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND) • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles • K1 Speed Indoor Karting Museums and Entertainment: • Hollywood Museum (choice between TCL Chinese Theater or Hollywood Museum) • GRAMMY Museum • Battleship IOWA Museum • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum • Autry Museum of the American West • Museum of Latin American Art • Cabrillo Maritime Museum • Huntington Library and Gardens • Los Angeles, A Journey Through Time in Film • South Coast Shop & Dine Package • Shanti Hot Yoga • LA Galaxy Soccer Game Ticket

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Long Beach: Private Sailboat Rental with Licensed Captain

6. Long Beach: Private Sailboat Rental with Licensed Captain

Charter your own sailboat and see Long Beach Harbor from a unique perspective in the company of a licensed captain. Feel the ocean spray, witness racing dolphins and sleepy seals, and watch the sunset over the horizon. Take in the views of the gorgeous Southern California coastline with your favorite people and a drink in hand. Chartering a sailboat is great for a special occasion or a fun outing with friends and family. Join your captain for a serene afternoon or sunset boat ride alongside the company of your choice with your favorite drinks and appetizers in hand (BYO). Let one of the USCG-licensed captains take the wheel so you can relax and enjoy the ride. Alternatively, feel free to take the sail and helm — your captain will be happy to teach you some tips and tricks.

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Los Angeles: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

7. Los Angeles: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

Explore LA’s top attractions with the Los Angeles Explorer Pass and get up to 45% off compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Choose between 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 activities from a list of over 30 attractions and tours. And with 60 days to use your pass, you'll have plenty of time to discover the City of Angels. You can go behind the scenes with a Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood tour, hop on and off a big bus tour around LA, take a selfie with your favorite celebrity at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, or go hiking in the Hollywood Hills. Your pass is fully digital. Simply print it at home or display it on your smartphone and show it at each attraction. You will also receive a digital guide to help plan your itinerary as you go. Popular Attractions: • Big Bus LA 1-day Classic Ticket • Warner Bros. Studio Tour • Madame Tussauds Hollywood • Big Bus Celebrity Lifestyle and Homes Tour • Hollywood Hills Hike - Bikes and Hikes LA • TCL Chinese Theatre - Tour or Movie and a drink Tours and Cruises: • Dolby Theatre Guided Tour - Home of the Academy Awards • Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour - Starline Tours • Self-Guided Movie Star Homes Tour - Bikes and Hikes LA • Night Star Tour • Downtown LA Food and Culture Tour • Perry's Beach Café and Rentals - Mountain Bike or Roller-Skates (All Day) • Whale Watch (Long Beach) • Whale Watch (San Pedro) • Harbor Cruise (Long Beach) • Harbor Cruise (San Pedro) Museums and Landmarks: • California Science Center IMAX Movie • Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens • #3DAR Trick Art Museum • Grammy Museum • Battleship IOWA Museum • LA Zoo Entertainment: • K1 Speed Indoor Karting • LA Galaxy Game Ticket • Shanti Hot Yoga

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Los Angeles: Aquarium of the Pacific Annual Membership

8. Los Angeles: Aquarium of the Pacific Annual Membership

Discover the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and enjoy the advantages of an Annual Membership Card. The cards are available in the following formats: Family Membership: all member benefits for up to two named cardholders, plus all children (17 years or younger) living in the same householdDual Membership: all member benefits for two named cardholders living in the same household The Annual Membership card will allow you to explore the 500 exhibits inside the aquarium exhibitions at your own pace and admire 12,000 animals representing the major regions of the Pacific Ocean. Marvel at the beauty and diversity of coral reefs and their animal residents, reefs in Pacific Visions through a new show in the Honda Pacific Visions Theater, and an interactive exhibit in the art gallery. Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch the Magellanic penguins. Discover Pacific Visions, where you explore underwater realms and future possibilities.

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From Long Beach or San Pedro: Hollywood and Los Angeles Tour

9. From Long Beach or San Pedro: Hollywood and Los Angeles Tour

You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Anaheim, Long Beach, San Pedro, LAX area, Marina Del Ray, Hawthorn, or El Segundo. During the tour, you'll visit Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles Colosseum, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park Observatory, Sunset Plaza, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica Beach, and Venice Beach. There will be free time at each of the stops and you'll be able to get out of the tour van to take pictures, shop, and explore. For lunch, there will be an hour-long stop at Mel's Diner on Sunset Boulevard, a popular 1950s-style diner. After the tour, you'll be dropped back at your hotel between 4:30 and 5:00 PM.

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Los Angeles International Airport: Private Transfer to/from

10. Los Angeles International Airport: Private Transfer to/from

Ensure your trip to Los Angeles is hassle-free with a convenient private transfer to or from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Choose from 4 suitable vehicle options that all give you the comfort and space your transfer needs. Select from a Sedan that can fit 3 standard-sized pieces of luggage for groups of 3 passengers or fewer, or a minivan or minibus for that can fit up to 8 standard-sized pieces of luggage for up to 8 passengers. Get assistance with your luggage and avoid lugging it through public transportation. Skip haggling with a taxi. Board a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you are smoothly taken to your destination.

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What people are saying about Long Beach

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 460 reviews

Such a unique experience. My husband and I travel often and have never done anything like this! They take you to three different spots and you can see the kelp and different fish. Although you do see the same fish and kelp at each spot, it was still pretty awesome to see the fish up that close. I don't foresee myself ever snorkeling or scuba diving, so it was amazing to see the oceanlife. The guide was informative but he was not required to wear a mask, so him coming up to talk to us was a bit unsettling. Also, if you order mobile tickets you are still required to checkin and get your tickets printed. Overall excellent experience and highly recommend if visiting Catalina island!

I’m giving 5 starts because the driver who was our guide person was very kind, he did all possible to help us. But no starts for the company, we planing this trip for Saturday, after being waiting to be pick up in the window time and nobody showed up I called them just to find out that it's was cancelled without any notice.

My wife and I took our Son (11) and Three daughters (10, 7, 5) and all of them loved it. The younger girls sought out Vicky and my son is a WWII history buff and could not have been happier had we had Disneyland to ourselves. We enjoyed the self-guided tour and were proud to be Americans. What an amazing piece of history!

Great tour and guide, Marty Golden! Learned so much about the ship. Not too strenuous for us 2 (80+) seniors. Many places to sit as we listened to the guide. Stairs not difficult. So much better than touring on our own. Recommend & Would go again!

Easy to use. A lot of options and no issues when using app.