Top Day Trips From Long Beach, CA

There’s plenty to do and see within an hour’s drive from Long Beach, CA. Whether you’re looking for something fun for the whole family or the perfect couple’s date night, there’s an option for everyone. Continue reading for our list of the five best day trips from Long Beach. 


1. Visit Disneyland

photo from the disneyland entrance

Long Beach is the perfect jumping-off point for a day trip to nearby Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. We’re pretty happy here in Long Beach, but there’s no denying that Disneyland is the “happiest place on earth” located just 25 miles south of Long Beach. If you have kids or are just a big kid yourself, Walt Disney Land is a can’t miss entertainment destination for anyone visiting the area.


Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802


Time From Long Beach: 30-minute drive


2. Visit Universal Studios Hollywood

photo of the front entrance gate at universal studios

Universal Studios is another world-famous entertainment theme park located in the heart of the movie industry in Los Angeles. There’s something to enjoy for everyone in the family with attractions like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Jurassic World, The famous Studio Tour, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and plenty more. Best of all, there are plenty of late-night food and drink options in the park after a tiring day of walking around the park. 


Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608


Time From Long Beach: 40-minute drive


3. Surf at Huntington Beach

guy surfing next to the huntington beach pier

Huntington Beach isn’t called Surf City U.S.A. for nothing. This famous surf spot in Orange County hosts the annual U.S. Open of Surfing, which just so happens to be the world’s largest surf event. Just a 15-minute drive from Long Beach there’s no excuse not to learn how to surf in the Golden State. There are plenty of lessons and surf camps to choose from year-round! 


Address: Main Street & Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648


Time From Long Beach: 20-minute drive


4. Take a Stroll on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

photo of a star on the hollywood walk of fame

Feel like a star as you stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and experience this famous Los Angeles tourist attraction. Something you might not know about this iconic attraction is that there’s a time capsule located on the walk that was placed there during the 50th anniversary in 2010. Prepare to brace the crowds and grab a bite to eat at one of the many nearby restaurants.


Address: Hollywood Blvd at Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time From Long Beach: 40-minute drive


5. Catch a Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

photo fo the hollywood bowl during a concert

There’s no better place to catch a live music act than the famous open-air Hollywood Bowl. Located in North Hollywood, The Bowl has played host to some of the most famous musical artists in modern history. Some of the most famous performances include Tony Bennet, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and plenty more. Click here to buy tickets and access a full list of performances.  


Address: 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Time From Long Beach: 50-minute drive


Looking for convenient hotel accommodations in Long Beach for exploring all that Southern California has to offer? Hotel Current is conveniently located just minutes away from all the action of downtown, the airport, and of course plenty of day-trip spots. If you’re looking for even more things to do in the LBC, check out our attractions page. Book your local stay with Hotel CURRENT today!



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