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

1. 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.

Long Beach: Swan Boat Rental at Rainbow Lagoon

2. 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.

Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

3. 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.

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

4. 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 for free admission. 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 Sign Tour • TCL Chinese Theatre - Tour or Movie and a drink TOURS AND CRUISES • Dolby Theatre Guided Tour - Home of the Academy Awards • Celebrity Bike Tour (Guided or Self-Guided) by Bikes & Hikes LA • Haunted Hollywood Walking 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) • SoFi Stadium Tour • Night Star Tour MUSEUMS AND LANDMARKS • California Science Center IMAX Movie • Aquarium of the Pacific • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum • Grammy Museum • Battleship IOWA Museum • LA Zoo • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT • Yoga on the Beach - Huntington Beach • LA Galaxy Game Ticket • 2-hr Stand Up Paddle Board or Kayak Rental - Huntington Beach • $30 Credit at Sixty Four & Hope Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

Long Beach: Private Sailboat Rental with Licensed Captain

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Los Angeles International Airport: Private Transfer to/from

7. 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.

Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

8. Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

Connect your smartphone to your vehicle's stereo and make your drive come alive on this self-guided driving tour along the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Simply download your personal audio guide and tour to get started. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast. Along the tour, you’ll pass Oceanside, Carlsbad, Long Beach, Dana Point, San Onofre, San Clemente, and more. Your audio guide will point out must-see sights, parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, recreation areas, and more. Explore the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, the Batiquitos Lagoon, and look for dolphins at Dana Point. Walk along some of the world’s most famous beaches. Other tour highlights include Las Flores Estancia, Crystal Cove State Park, Sunset Beach, Torrey Pines, and the San Elijo Lagoon. Feel free to visit as many sights and attractions as you want: you have complete freedom to take as much time as you like to complete the tour. As you drive, get a historical overview of the area, including its original inhabitants, the Tongva. Hear about Louis Zamperini, the RMS Queen Mary, the Rise of Long Beach, Huntington Beach Oil Fields, and Crystal Cove's 1930 era beach cottages. This tour works in either direction and you can stop anywhere while you discover this incredibly scenic and historic drive.

Los Angeles/Hollywood: 7 Hours Private Day Trip

9. Los Angeles/Hollywood: 7 Hours Private Day Trip

See the sights of Los Angeles and its vibrant neighborhoods at your own pace with a private driver and vehicle at your disposal for 7 hours. Start with a convenient pickup from your chosen location, before seeing the best of what Hollywood and Los Angeles has to offer. Visit famous landmarks like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, walk along the Santa Monica Pier, and so much more. Take things at your own pace, with the chance to stop for dining, shopping, snapshots, go for a stroll to the beach, the town, or stop by Long Beach Shoreline to admire RSM Queen Mary.

Los Angeles: Long Beach Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Los Angeles: Long Beach Self-Guided Audio Tour

See the sights of Long Beach at your own pace with a self-guided audio tour. Head out with your downloaded guide and fully detailed map, and get ready to explore. Find iconical spots such as the Shoreline Village, the Long Beach Grand Prix, and the RMS Queen Mary. Walk along the spectacular seaside location of Long Beach in California for an afternoon of self-guided fun and exploration. Arrive at the RMS Queen Mary, a beautifully decorated ship that served in the Second World War and is a sight in itself. Stroll passed the incredible Shoreline Village, and learn about the famous Long Beach Grand Prix that is held there every April. Find yourself at top attractions such as the Scorpion, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Pike at the Rainbow Harbour, the Convention Centre, and the East Village. Take the opportunity to start and stop the tour as you please, while learning interesting facts that are fun and educational.

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What people are saying about Long Beach

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 573 reviews

There is definitely value for your money here and we appreciated that we could prepay in CDN$ and we liked that there was a good clear website, guide and cancellation policies. You do have to do some pre planning and investigating to make the most of your pass but we never had any issues using the pass and enjoyed Aquarium of the Pacific, Harbour tour, Big Bus LA tour, Madame Tussauds, Walk of Fame, Mann Chinese Theatre, Universal Studios and Knotts Berry Farm.

Captain Max was AWESOME. Great conversation and a great first sailing experience for all. No sea sickness, lots of learning, and even saw some sea lions. Highly recommend!

Super profitable! Possibility to see lots of things to do in Los Angeles and without queuing or even booking for the most part! Brilliant I recommend!

We had to make some changes at last minute, the taxi company was excellent in helping us

Very good smooth punctual journey. Very professional.