Downtown Long Beach
|Downtown Long Beach|
|Neighborhood of Long Beach|
Aerial view of downtown Long Beach, California, looking southwest. San Pedro Bay and the Port of Long Beach are visible beyond, with Catalina Island faintly visible on the horizon.
|County||County of Los Angeles|
|City||City of Long Beach|
Downtown Long Beach is the heart of Long Beach, California, United States, and is the location for most of the city's major tourist attractions and municipal services. It is also the location for numerous businesses. There are many hotels and restaurants in the area that serve locals, tourists, and convention visitors.
Downtown Long Beach is bounded by the Los Angeles River to the west, and Ocean Boulevard to the south (south of Ocean is considered the "Downtown Shoreline," a separate area). Alamitos Avenue roughly delimits downtown to the east, although the City's actual downtown zoning extends a few blocks east of Alamitos. Similarly, downtown effectively ends around 7th Street to the north, but the City's downtown zoning carries as far north as Anaheim Street between Pacific Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard, and up to 10th Street east of that.
The greater downtown area includes the neighborhoods of the East Village Arts District, the West End, North Pine, the Civic Center, and the "Downtown Core" or central business and entertainment area.
Tourist attractions and shopping
- Aquarium of the Pacific
- Catalina Cruises - boats to Catalina Island
- East Village Arts District
- Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
- Long Beach Sports Arena (which has one of Wyland's Whaling Walls)
- Long Beach Plaza - shopping
- Museum of Latin American Art
- The Pike - shopping
- Pine Avenue - restaurants and nightclubs
- Queen Mary - historic ship, hotel, restaurants & conventions (nearby)
- Rainbow Harbor - shopping and restaurants
- Shoreline Village - shopping and restaurants
- Second Saturday Art Walk (East Village)
- Third Fridays Twilight Walk (Historic Pine Avenue)
- Certified Organic Farmers Market (Fridays)
- Bob Marley Reggae Festival (February)
- Congressional Cup (sailing races, April)
- Long Beach Grand Prix (April)
- Cajun & Zydeco Festival (May)
- Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade & Festival (May)
- Aloha Concert Jam (Hawaiian music, June)
- Anime Expo or AX (SPJA) (Promotion of Japanese Animation & Culture July 2 to July 6)
- Catalina Ski Race (July)
- Queen Mary Scottish Festival - (February)
Government and infrastructure
- Long Beach City Hall
- Long Beach Municipal Court
- Long Beach Police Dept. Headquarters
- Municipal Library
County, state, and federal representation
The Downtown Long Beach Associates manages the business- and commercial property-based improvement districts in Downtown Long Beach. There are approximately 1,400 businesses in Downtown Long Beach, including several law firms given the proximity of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, as well as over 150 restaurants, wine bars, performing arts venues, and the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. A complete and frequently updated business directory is available online at Downtown Long Beach Associates' website.
The following are located in Long Beach's downtown area:
- A transit center of Long Beach Transit (bus)
- The southern terminus of Metro Rail's Blue Line: Downtown Long Beach Station (Transit Mall Station)
- The southern end of Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway)
- Bus service of Greyhound Lines, Amtrak Thruway, Torrance Transit, LADOT, and LACMTA
Downtown Long Beach is within the Long Beach Unified School District.
- International Tower (700 E. Ocean Blvd)
- Ocean Club (1310 E. Ocean Blvd)
- Tichenor House (Greene and Greene) (852 E. Ocean Blvd)
- Villa Riviera (800 E. Ocean Blvd)
- "Downtown Shoreline Planned Development District (PD-6)". lbds.longbeach.gov. City of Long Beach. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- "Downtown Plan (PD-30)". lbds.longbeach.gov. City of Long Beach. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
- "Post Office Location - DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
- Home Page. California State University. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.