Rainbow Harbor and Shoreline Village

Attractions, Public spaces Long Beach Free
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Rainbow Harbor and Shoreline Village
Photograph: Courtesy Shoreline Village

The Long Beach waterfront was once home to a massive amusement park; the only reminders today are a Ferris wheel in front of the Laugh Factory and a pedestrian pathway that resembles a roller coaster. The Pike name still lives on in a downtown outlet mall, but most of the waterfront activity can now be found in the redeveloped Rainbow Harbor. Anchored by the Aquarium of the Pacific and the marina-adjacent restaurants at Shoreline Village, the harbor is a convenient spot to start a whale watching trip or take a boat ride. If you're looking for a taste of the old Pike, the casino-like Looff's Lite-A-Line maintains a small shrine of keepsakes a few miles away.


Venue name: Rainbow Harbor and Shoreline Village
Address: 401-435 Shoreline Village Drive
Long Beach
Price: Free
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LOVE this place! Gets a little crowded on the weekends but keep walking down to all the little village shops and grab a bite to eat and a beer at the little Irish pub while making the obligatory jokes about eating at a place named shenanigans. Sit out on the promenade with your beer and watch the ships, catch the salt breeze, and just enjoy. Go during the week and it's kind of the land time forgot. Really nice break from the standard hustle and bustle of life


People visiting LA probably don't put the Long Beach waterfront atop their list, but it's such a unique, different side of Southern California. I really appreciate how the public spaces and park here embrace the city's industrial character. I do, however, wish that the offerings at Shoreline Village were a little less touristy; Yard House isn't a bad compromise.