Bordering the Pacific Ocean on Southern California's coastline, Long Beach welcomes meetings and conventions with open arms. With over 5,000 hotel rooms and the versatile Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center that is one of the few true waterfront meeting facilities in the nation, Long Beach ups the ante by having a world-class special event venue, a shopping and entertainment complex and 100 restaurants all within walking distance of the meetings center.
With more than 400,000 square feet, two theaters, a grand ballroom, 34 meeting rooms and a 13,500-seat arena, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center has plenty of space for trade shows, exhibitions, conferences, seminars, receptions and more. The center also has Wi-Fi, catering, an on-site audio-visual provider and a full-service concierge desk.
But the convention center is just the first option among many Long Beach venues to consider. Next door, The Aquarium of the Pacific, the fifth-largest in the nation has event packages for as many as 3,000 guests. Several Long Beach hotels, attractions and restaurants double as some of the city's most unique event venues.
Hotel venues in Long Beach range from large luxury properties, like the waterfront Hyatt Regency Long Beach (adjacent to the convention Center) and Renaissance Long Beach (across the street) to chic boutiques like the recently opened Hotel Maya - A DoubleTree by Hilton. Farther inland, the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center is an IACC-certified conference center. Across the breakwater, what was once considered the grandest ship ever built, The Queen Mary, is now docked in Long Beach's harbor. A stunning Art Deco ocean liner, the Queen Mary is a one-stop venue for events, offering accommodations, restaurants and 80,000 square feet of function space. Restored and open to the public, its 12 decks are brimming with shops, exhibits and more. Groups can take a ghost tour, enjoy a dinner theater show or even sleep aboard (the ship has 314 guest rooms).
As the sun sets over the harbor, Long Beach restaurants, bars and performance venues keep the fun going. The city has more than 100 restaurants in the downtown area alone, ranging from boisterous sports bars to romantic hideaways, from international to classic American fare. Thanks to their coastal location, many Long Beach restaurants specialize in fresh fish and seafood, including The Crab Pot Restaurant, Gladstone's and The Reef Restaurant. After dinner, guests can enjoy Broadway shows, live entertainment, musicals and more at venues such as the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts and International City Theatre.
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