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Attractions Near Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center

Aquarium of the Pacific

You will find the Aquarium of the Pacific in close proximity to the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, and this is a must see attraction in the Long Beach area. Several exhibits feature coral and sea creatures from the cold, North Pacific waters, and the tropical, warm South Pacific Ocean. An interactive exhibit, the Shark Lagoon, allows visitors that are brave enough, to touch the feared predators. The aquarium also boasts a 4-D theater, which shows various films sea exploration films throughout the year. Portions of the proceeds from admission to the facility are used to help preserve the fragile ocean life within the Pacific Ocean.

The Queen Mary

Located nearby the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, the infamous Queen Mary is docked, and offers tours and overnight accommodations. This ocean liner once was the premier ship of choice for the elite, and also housed troops during World War II. This historic treasure has been fully restored to its original majestic splendor. The once inaccessible isolation ward and machine rooms have been recently opened up to the public for exploration. Visitors are afforded an opportunity to step on board the Russian submarine housed on board the ship. Food is available, as well as a gift shop to purchase mementos of this great experience.

Gondola Getaways

When in the area of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, make sure to take a relaxing ride on the authentic Venetian gondolas offered by Gondola Getaways. These tours take guests on a journey through the canals in the Naples Island area, and are paddled by expert gondoliers. This reputable company has been providing these excursions for thirty years, and was the first enterprise in the United States to offer authentic gondola cruises. Tours are available seven days a week and last approximately one hour, although arrangements can be made for longer tours upon request.

Balboa & Newport Beach Whale Watching

The dock for Balboa & Newport Beach Whale Watching tours is near the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, and is easy to locate. This operator provides two and half hour whale watching tours seven days a week. These tours have a 96 percent success rate at ensuring that guests actually view a whale during the excursion. In addition to whale sightings, the cruise allows passengers to see several species of dolphins, sea lions, and other surprise sea creatures that often cross paths with the boat. This touring enterprise also offers whale observation tours around the Catalina Island vicinity.

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