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Long Beach, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 32
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,525
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 522
Committable Meeting Rooms* 34
Convention Center Space 400,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 224,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 46,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $133
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $71
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $244
*Maximum for a single hotel

Long Beach, CA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Long Beach, a city guide for meeting professionals. 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 46 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 tradeshows, exhibitions, conferences, seminars, receptions, and more. The center also has Wi-Fi, catering, an onsite 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 2,000 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 346 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 46 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 the Center Theatre at the Long Beach Convention Center Browse all Los Angeles event venues

About Long Beach, CA / Additional Info

Located on the Pacific Coast about 20 miles south of Los Angeles, Long Beach is the seventhlargest city in California. Known for its mild climate, sunny skies, and laid-back attitude, Long Beach is easily recognized even by those who have not visited the city itself. The city has been a set for scenes in movies such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Gone in 60 Seconds, and American Pie; and TV shows such as Glee. CSI: Miami has frequently used the city as a substitute for Miami, as its Art Deco architecture and port status give it a passing resemblance.

Long Beach is just as appealing in real life as it appears on the big screen. In fact, an impressive five million visitors travel to Long Beach each year looking to take advantage of its world-class museums and galleries, waterfront attractions, and, of course, beautiful scenery. To soak up the setting, guests can enjoy a harbor or whale-watching cruise or hop aboard the Catalina Express to nearby Catalina Island, popular for its quaint shops and restaurants and dramatic views. For a something a little more out of the ordinary, visitors can take an authentic Venetian gondola ride through the waterways of Naples Island.

Back on land, Long Beach offers a number of museums, art galleries, and performance venues that delight guests young and old. The Aquarium of the Pacific, the fifth-largest in the nation, is home to over 11,000 animals spread across 19 habitats and 32 exhibits. Visit the Museum of Latin American Art, the only facility of its kind in the Western United States, or the Long Beach Museum of Art, whose historic location atop the bluffs overlooking Long Beach Harbor could inspire art of its own.

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