Things To Do In Long Beach


Flight-Simulator Session with Optional Introductory Flight from Anthelion Helicopters (Up to 54% Off)

Anthelion Helicopters

Long Beach Municipal Airport

Flight simulators help pilots-in-training to practice for any in-flight situation with an optional introductory flight to test skills

$213 $139

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Whale-Watching Tour with BBQ Lunch from Children's Maritime Foundation (Up to 38% Off). Three Options Available.

Children's Maritime Foundation

Rainbow Harbor, Dock #3

The three-hour tour cruises alongside migrating gray whales, and includes a barbecue or vegetarian lunch

$40 $25

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$20 for Two-Day Admission to ScotsFestival ($40 Value)

Queen Mary

Long Beach

The Queen Mary celebrates its birthplace with a festival featuring Scottish food, music, dance, and sports

$40 $20

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$11 for a One-Hour Hydrobike Ride from Long Beach Hydrobikes ($20 Value)

Long Beach HydroBikes

Los Alamitos Bay Landing

Floating bikes cart pedalers past scenic Alamitos Bay sites, such as a bird sanctuary and seasonal jellyfish cove; free parking

$20 $11

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Two Three-Hour Sailing Lessons for One or Two from Marina Sailing Newport Beach (Up to 59% Off)

Marina Sailing Newport Beach

Newport Beach

Learn the fundamentals of sailing on the open water with an ASA-certified instructor or USCG-licensed captain

$600 $247

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Driving-Range Practice with Two or Five Baskets of Range Balls at Long Beach Golf Learning Center (Up to 55% Off)

Long Beach Golf Learning Center

Long Beach

19-acre facility includes a driving range with both grass tees and automated teeing mats

$22 $11

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Two-Hour Beginner Sailing Lesson for Two or Four at Alamitos Bay Sailing (Up to 59% Off)

Alamitos Bay Sailing

Belmont Shore

Custom courses can cover how to service the outboard motor and batteries, raise the sails, dock a boat, and adhere to safety rules

$200 $89

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Long Beach Symphony's "Ode to Ella and Gershwin" on Saturday, February 14 (Up to 54% Off)

"Ode to Ella and Gershwin"

Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center

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A singer who got her start with the Count Basie Orchestra and toured with Ella Fitzgerald pays tribute to timeless romance

$250 $125

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$27 for a Half-Day Fishing Trip from Pierpoint Landing ($45 Value)

Pierpoint Landing

Downtown Long Beach

The crew of the Southern Cal takes anglers on a half-day trip in search of bass, barracuda, and other fish

$45 $27

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5, 10, or 20 Indoor Rowing Classes at Roworx (Up to 68% Off)

Roworx

Long Beach

One-hour rowing classes usually incorporate strength training to burn calories more efficiently

$95 $30

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Up to 63% Off Music Lessons at On Stage Music Academy, Inc.

On Stage Music Academy, Inc.

Long Beach

From the merchant: Start 1-on-1 with lessons for voice, guitar, bass, drums, and keys, then play together in a fun, guided band session.

$100 $45

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Four-Hour or 24-Hour Bike Rental with Lock and Helmet from Tri-Pacific (Up to 67% Off)

Tri-Pacific

Belmont Shore

Competition-level triathlon shop doles out cruiser bikes to rental riders; helmet and lock included

$40 $20

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$54 for $120 Worth of Music Lessons — Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Long Beach

From the merchant: Beginners to advanced drummers will learn technique, grooves, and reading; they will play all styles by Ronnie Ciago.

$120 $54

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at FreeSpirit Yoga (Up to 74% Off)

FreeSpirit Yoga

Cal Heights - Bixby Knolls - Los Cerritos

Teachers demonstrate union of breath and movement during classes ranging from challenging flows to prenatal and kids' yoga

$110 $29

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Harbor Tour for Two or Four Adults, or Two Adults and Two Kids from Harbor Breeze Cruises (Up to 50% Off)

Harbor Breeze Corp

Terminal Island

Views of sea lions, the Queen Mary, and Long Beach's coast and skyline

$24 $15

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One Month of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes or 10 Classes with Chute Boxe T-Shirt at Chute Boxe (Up to 86% Off)

Chute Boxe

Long Beach

Muay thai, MMA, jiu-jitsu, and kickboxing classes for children and adults

$195 $27

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Two-Hour Rental of an 18-Foot Electric Boat or 40 Hp Powerboat from Long Beach Boat Rentals (Up to 50% Off)

Long Beach Boat Rentals

Downtown Long Beach

Eco-safe electric boats and speedy powerboats ferry passengers through the sheltered marina harbor.

$150 $75

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10- or 20-Class Fit Camp Pass from Recreation Fitness (Up to 82% Off)

Recreation Fitness

Los Altos - Long Beach

Outdoor classes are tailored to all fitness levels and include activities such as games, partner relays, and dedicated core training.

$170 $35

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One or Two Private 60-Minute Golf Lessons with Club Fitting from America's Golf Coach (Up to 67% Off)

Americas Golf Coach

El Dorado Park Golf Course

Professional instructor works out the kinks in your swing and fits a club for optimal performance

$150 $50

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Improv Comedy: Making it Up as They Go Along

You never know what you're going to see at an improv comedy show?and that's the beauty of it. Read on to see what you should expect at a show or class and to learn just how it is that actors can put their scenes together so fast.

Even when their characters are arguing, improv comics are working from a philosophy of trust and agreement?necessary ingredients for acting together with no script. Improv comedy encompasses a broad array of styles, with the major division between short form?quick, self-contained games?and long form?a series of multiple, interconnected scenes featuring distinct beats. Accordingly, a given performance might resemble a one-act play, a Saturday Night Live?style sketch scene, or a high-energy game show. Most rely on audience suggestions to spark the flow of fresh ideas, however, and some even weave brave audience members into the action.

Perhaps the most famous long-form style is the Harold, in which performers build continuous scenes that develop and intermingle in surprising ways. The unusual name arises from a joke, according to developer Del Close's biography, The Funniest One in the Room. As Close asked his collaborators what to call the new form, someone sarcastically yelled, "Well, Harold's a nice name." Appropriately for a form devoted to spontaneous absurdity, the name stuck.

This comic form also has roots in one of America's darkest eras: the Great Depression. While working for the Works Progress Administration, Viola Spolin needed a way to teach basic theater precepts to unschooled actors of various ages and backgrounds, so she created a series of theater games that focused on the playfulness at the heart of acting. In the 1950s, her son, Paul Sills, applied her principles at the short-lived but influential Compass Players on Chicago's South Side, and, later, at The Second City?one of the most prominent comedy companies of the 20th century, with alumni including John Belushi, Tina Fey, and Steve Carell.

4900 East 7th Street
Long Beach,
CA
US

The event planners behind QueenVee Entertainment throw themed bashes that immerse partygoers in elaborate experiences. Founded by CEO Joanna Vargas—a producer, dancer, and choreographer who started her career by staging events such as The King of Pop, a dance-tribute show to Michael Jackson—QueenVee has staged past events such as Phenomena, a mash-up of a dance showcase and a fashion show that benefited Dance for Peace Charity. Ongoing events include booze cruises aboard a three-story Grand Romance cruise ship in the style of a 19th-century steamboat, complete with an open-air top deck and a team of acrobatic Mark Twain impersonators. Further amenities entertain the up to 320 passengers, including two full-service bars, a professional DJ playing over a large dance floor, and a professional photographer who posts images on Facebook. Raffle and door prizes reward attendees with keepsakes, and tables and booths offer respite from the dance floor and a private place to run Y2K safety drills.

200 Aquarium Way
Long Beach,
CA
US

Founder of Cali Bike Tours Elizabeth Williams doesn't just advocate a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle; she lives it. As a triathlete and passionate cyclist, Elizabeth shares her pedaling skills with fellow riders on tours through Long Beach designed to take in breathtaking views and historical sites without disturbing sunbathing ghosts. Her Velo Vino tour pairs sightseeing with sipping at local wineries, and according to Wine Enthusiast Magazine, " At each stop . . . founder Elizabeth Williams encourages you to not only sample a mix of imported and regional wines, but chat with each establishment?s sommelier or wine director, too." Other 2- or 2.5-hour tours meander along a bike path that cuts directly through the beach, or point digesters of culture toward local art exhibits and restaurants.

5318 E. 2nd St.
Long Beach,
California
US

One way to get an exceptionally close look at picturesque Alamitos Bay is to ride atop its churning surf on one of Long Beach Hydrobikes's stable, pedal-powered water cycles. The company ensures that renters catch the bay's most noteworthy sights, providing them with a map detailing the location of a bird sanctuary as well as a cove where jellyfish delicately billow in certain months. Avid pedalers generally cruise at speeds of up to 7 miles per hour, exercising bodies with a workout that takes advantage of water resistance to jettison excess calories out to sea. As there is virtually no risk of capsizing, riders may wear anything from a bathing suit to a water-soluble prom dress. The hydrobikes come equipped with storage compartments, drink holders, and a wealth of extra space to invite pets along for the ride, free of charge.

110 N Marina Dr.
Long Beach,
CA
US

A boat zips along through the water, trailing behind it an open parachute elevated to almost a quarter-mile in the air. This isn't a scene from a spy movie, but rather a scenic parasailing tour from California Parasail, whose lines can lift patrons up to 1,200 feet above the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. As parasailers relax into their harnesses and take in breathtaking panoramic views, they can also take comfort in knowing they're in safe hands??all captains hold a US Coast Guard license and all crew members adhere to the practices of the Water Sports Industry Association. They operate runs throughout Avalon and Catalina Island, as well as Balboa Island, Newport Beach, and Long Beach, allowing patrons to glimpse views of different coastal areas and befriend cumulus clouds with varying regional dialects.

500 East Shoreline Drive
Long Beach,
CA
US

From 18 studios scattered around Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studios’ armada of instructors offers all-ages voice, piano, guitar, violin, and composition classes. With teachers who have worked on films such as Dreamgirls and Dance Flick, world-touring operatic productions, and Grammy-nominated choral CDs, the school can cater to virtually every musical taste—from classical to jazz to pop. Students choose the emphasis of their lessons, whether they want to work on their public performance skills, write their own songs, sight-read scores, or simply be able to play musical chairs during a power outage. Many will also get the chance to show off in recitals, concerts, and showcases.

1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach,
CA
US

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