Long Beach acts as middle ground between Hollywood and San Diego, making the sunny seaside community the ideal basecamp for visitors across Southern California. From horse riding from hilltop to hilltop in Glendale, to hiking through scenic nature preserves in Palos Verdes, the opportunities for fun and adventure are endless. If you’re staying in Long Beach for a visit, consider partaking in one of these adventure trip ideas.
1. Running Tour of Beverly Hills
Get the opportunity to tour Beverly Hills – and maybe even spot a celeb or two – when you sign up for an Off ‘N Running Tour. This activity combines sightseeing with an intense workout. The Pacific Pleasure Running Tour brings runners through Santa Monica and Venice, starting at the Marina near the Venice Canals. Another popular Off N’ Running Tour is “Running from the Paparazzi”, which consists of a 4-mile run from Wilshire Boulevard to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
2. Horse Riding in Glendale
Hit the stables for a day of trail rides and riding lessons. Rocken P Outfitters at Griffith Park is a family-owned and operated stable offering a diverse range of services for individuals, families, and groups. No reservations are needed to engage in a basic guided trail ride. Reservations are needed for specialized rides, including the Dinner Ride that take guests through the hills, followed by a bite to eat at Viva Fresh Mexican Restaurant. Night rides and Hollywood sign rides are also popular options for those who enjoy riding.
3. Motorcycle Tour in San Diego
Start your engines and indulge in a Southern California Motorcycle Tour. To ensure that your day trip from Long Beach is filled with excitement, choose from one of several tour packages, or custom-plan your adventure. Don’t have your own motorcycle? Just rent one for the day, as there are numerous choices depending on your style tastes. Motorcycle tours occur year round in various places throughout the San Diego area, including nearby beaches, mountains, and deserts.
4. Hiking in Palos Verdes
Hiking is a full-day adventure on the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy manages numerous hiking trails that give guests a view of native plants, animal sightings, and awe-inspiring scenery. There are walks for all types of people and activities, including family walks, wheelchair-friendly walks, sunset walks, tide pool walks, bird walks, geology walks, and wildflower walks. Some of the trails are flat and easy to navigate, while others feature more difficult hillsides, climbs, and ridges.
5. Surfing at Manhattan Beach
Whether you’re a pro surfer or you’ve never surfed a day in your life, a day trip to Manhattan Beach from Long Beach will change your mind about this popular water sport. Surfing is not only a fun activity to master, it’s also an excellent form of cardiovascular fitness. If you’ve never surfed before, begin with private surf lessons or attend a surf camp, offered by CampSurf in Los Angeles. Slide on a wet suit, grab a surf board, and ride the waves at Manhattan Beach.
Before your next visit to Long Beach, schedule a day trip to ensure that your itinerary is filled with memorable experiences.