5 things to do in Long Beach while you’re here for the Midwinter convention

Our convention hotel in Long Beach is in a pretty amazing place — it’s right on the water, surrounded by activities, delicious food and places to explore. You’re sure to have a great time in the city (and a great time getting excited about journalism in the sessions!).

Here are just a few things you can do during convention off-hours, all close to the Hyatt Regency hotel.

Shoreline Village

Just a quick walk across a pedestrian bridge, Shoreline Village is an adorable area to walk around and browse. You’ll find restaurants and quirky shops, perfect for picking up a souvenir to remember your time here.

Shoreline Village. | russellstreet/Flickr Creative Commons

Pine Avenue Pier

Pine Avenue Pier is nestled in the bay, a five-minute walk from the hotel. You can walk the pier or stop and explore the food, drink and other destinations along Pine Avenue.

Queen Mary

Looking for a bit of history? Take a tour of the iconic Queen Mary (or catch a glimpse driving by). It’s a decent walk, but only an 8-minute drive from the hotel.

The Queen Mary in Long Beach. | Polyrus/Flickr Creative Commons

The Queen Mary in Long Beach. | Polyrus/Flickr Creative Commons

Shoreline Aquatic Park

Need to get away? Take a quick walk to the lighthouse at Shoreline Aquatic Park, where you can catch views of the Queen Mary and the Long Beach skyline. You can even grab lunch and enjoy the scenery from a picnic table.

Shoreline Aquatic Park. | Ian D. Keating/Flickr Creative Commons

Aquarium of the Pacific

If you’re coming early or staying late, the aquarium is an excellent choice — and, even better, it’s only a 10-minute walk from the Hyatt Regency. See a baby penguin, touch  moon jellies and learn about the 11,000 other animals that live there.

Aquarium of the Pacific. | majunznk/Flickr Creative Commons

Haven’t signed up for the Midwinter National College Media Convention? Reserve your room by Jan. 29 to receive the convention hotel price! The early-bird deadline for registration is Feb. 7.