Welcome to Long Beach, California where the best of both the beach and the city meet for a classic Southern California experience. This is the place where you’ll find delectable dining options, a thriving nightlife, and captivating world class entertainment alongside the relaxing waterfront.
Enjoy soaking up the sun on the 5 1/2 miles of fine sand beaches and then spend a day exploring our fantastic museums. The variety of Long Beach attractions means there's something here for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re visiting with your family, in town for a convention, or getting away for a long romantic weekend with your special someone you're going to love it here.
The Waterfront is where the excitement lives. It’s the urban hub of Long Beach where the sun, ocean, and finest attractions come together. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Located on Rainbow Harbor, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a stunning collection of aquatic life. Get an up close and personal look at the inhabitants of the oceanic world as you observe amazing animals like sea otters, octopus, sharks, and penguins. Discover what life is like in various underwater environments as you explore tropical reefs, giant kelp forests, and more. It’s an excellent place to bring the family or visit on a solo exploration.
Take a guided tour out into the Pacific in search of the world’s largest, most amazing mammals. Whale watching tours are available through a variety of vendors offering a selection of trip options like all-day cruises or dinner cruises. From December through April the Gray Whales migrate along the Pacific Coast and give viewers an extraordinary opportunity to observe them as they swim in Long Beach’s ocean waters. Throughout the year you can spot Humpbacks, Blue Whales, and Killer Whales playing in the waters. Dolphins are also frequently seen on these excursions.
A one-of-a-kind Long Beach experience, The Queen Mary sailed the North Atlantic ocean from 1936 until 1967. Now a retired ocean liner, she is open to the public as a place of intrigue offering tours, dining, and entertainment. The gorgeous interior is a delight to explore and you can enjoy a full-scale meal in the restaurant. Special events are held on The Queen Mary throughout the year.
Long Beach has tons of delicious restaurants to choose from offering something for every appetite. Here are a handful of the most popular places to satisfy your hunger.
Parker’s Lighthouse specializes in serving elegantly crafted fresh seafood dishes in one of the most romantic settings on the waterfront. They have a great happy hour where you can enjoy their specially crafted cocktails, craft beers, and select menu items for an excellent price. This is a Long Beach staple in fine dining.
George’s Greek Café on Pine Avenue will give you “A little piece of Greece in Southern California”. You will be love the authentic healthy Greek good at George’s, which is prepared from scratch daily. The Varden Hotel is a convient walk away from George’s Greek Café.
Get the morning started right with a meal at The Omelette Inn on Pine Avenue. Enjoy a casual, fast and delicious dining experience at the Omellete Inn which is just blocks away from The Varden Hotel.
When the sun sets Long Beach comes alive with music, dancing, and entertainment. Sip on a delicious a cocktail while meeting new people and having a great time into the wee hours.
Head out to Sevilla Nightclub for a memorable night out of indulgence, guaranteed. Enjoy divine food, tasty drinks and endless dancing at Sevilla- all within walking distance of The Varden Hotel!
Other fabulous spots within walking distance of The Varden are The Federal Bar and The Skyroom. The perfect spot for a night out on the town, The Federal Bar boasts bottle service and a fabulous event space for drinks and dancing. Bask in wonderful live music every Friday and Saturday evening at the prestigious Skyroom. Wildly considered the best restaurant in Long Beach, this is the perfect romantic dining experience.
Are you looking for a sizzling night of quirky adult fun? Harvelle’s is Long Beach’s Burlesque venue where they’ll entertain you all night long with theatrical performances, live music, hilarious comedic acts, and delicious drinks.
When you stay at The Varden Hotel you get the best of everything including the best 5-star service, the best hotel amenities, and the best location to all of your favorite Long Beach attractions. The waterfront is a short walk away. Reserve your stay with us today.