Water splashes up against their toes, which are firmly planted on the board. Arm and back muscles tighten as they push themselves forward with their paddles. Thus do novice paddleboarders from Long Beach Adventure Tours ride slowly glide their way across Long Beach, from the shore of the Hotel Maya to the behemoth hull of the Queen Mary. But they aren't the only patrons out for fun in the sun. On the beach nearby, students carrying surfboards rush into the water to catch their first waves, as a certified instructor shouts out encouragement and instructions behind them. Further out in the water, a colorful arched sail cuts through the air, sending the kiteboarder holding the reigns jumping and twisting into the air. Whatever the sport or activity, instructors that live and breathe water activities unleash their expertise onto both novice and experienced students.
Is it a trendy art gallery or a coffee shop? Your eyes might be bewildered, but your taste buds won’t be. Viento y Agua is a home for artists where they can pick up a fresh cup of joe. Viento y Agua decorates its walls with work from local artists that customers can purchase--you could spend hours gazing at the colorful array of artwork. When your eyes are tired, you can shut them and listen to the local bands playing great music on open mic night. You experience all this as you sip Viento y Agua’s delicious coffee and eat their tasty food. At Viento y Agua, you can take home the art you bought along with a cup of coffee.
In the early 1960s, the Long Beach Kiwanis Club realized their community's history was slipping away, unpreserved. So they took matters into their own collective hands by founding the Historical Society of Long Beach with a museum in Bixby Knolls. The organization's staff went to work collecting photographs, documents, and other artifacts that chronicle Long Beach's past. To date, society members past and present have assembled around 27,000 photographic prints, 3,000 slides, and 1,400 volumes of newspapers covering events from as far back as 1897. The society also maintains a collection with maps, artifacts, and even interviews of notable citizens.
Rotating exhibits grant peeks into this historical collection. Historical Society of Long Beach also hosts special events, including an annual history tour of the city?s two oldest cemeteries, one of which is a favorite vacation spot for the world's richest ghosts, special conferences, and First Fridays.
The Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center is a cornucopia of activities for the local community of Long Beach, California. One of many Jewish Community Centers established in the mid-1800s, this cultural and societal hub does much to enrich the lives of those who frequent it. Some of the most notable activities that can be done here include wellness classes tailored specifically for the different age groups, language learning classes, summer camps, and culture-learning classes. The community center features a heated junior Olympic pool, which hosts swimming classes for people of all ages all year-round.
Catalina Air Harbor's team whisks visitors into the Los Angeles skies, providing their passengers with stunning views of Long Beach, Catalina Island, and Los Angeles Harbor from a vantage point normally reserved for soaring birds and trampoline test jumpers. Launching from Long Beach Airport, the pilots helm brief scenic tours, taking passengers on sunset flights amid the clouds and opening their eyes to a new perspective of the southern California coastline.
FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.