Queen Mary, Long Beach & Other Attractions
You’re off a cruise ship in Los Angeles and find yourself with a few hours – or perhaps even a day or two – in San Pedro.
So, what is there to do and where to you go in the area? PubClub.com has these top suggestions.
The WWII battleship USS Iowa is now docked in San Pedro and open for tours. There’s not really much else in San Pedro, though you can kill an hour by walking around its waterfront (a bunch of run-down looking restaurants and a maritime museum is about all you’ll see).
There is a lighthouse on a cliff (Point Fermen, will need to drive or take a cab) with a cool little burger joint across the street called Walker’s Cafe.
Your best coastal option is Cabrillo Beach, which has tidepools and the Cabrillo Beach Museum (3720 Stephen N. M. White Drive). Website: http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/visit-cma.asp
Top Things To Do In Long Beach
The closest big tourist attraction is in Long Beach, the Queen Mary. You can walk around on your own – and have a drink in the art deco bar at the bow – or take a tour (tickets required to board). Website: www.queenmary.com.
Once in Long Beach, you can take the red Passort shuttle anywhere for free. There’s also the Aquarium of the Pacific, and a number of restaurants and a really fun bar (Auld Dubliner) in that area called The Pike.
Shoreline Drive is the main straightaway for the Long Beach Grand Prix each April. Shoreline Village has little nautical shops and a couple restaurants – including the Yard House – on the water and follow the sailboat masts to the sand at Alamitos Beach.
You can also take the Passport or even a ferry in the summertime to Belmont Shore. Second Street is a fun area of shops, restaurants, bars. Beyond Belmont Shore are Venice-style canals and there’s some restaurants on the water in Alamitos Bay; Schooner or Later was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives.
You will need to take a cab/Uber or rent a car to get to Long Beach.
Public Transportation To Los Angeles
Unfortunately, when it comes to public transportation to see other parts of L.A., Los Angeles offers few options.
There IS a train from downtown Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles and eventually up to Hollywood (blue line to the red line) but it goes through really sketchy parts of town.