The Queen Mary and Spruce Goose stand as symbols of the city's efforts to become a major tourist and recreational center. Purchased from England in 1967, the famous luxury liner that once transported kings and movie stars across the Atlantic lost money during its first years as a tourist attraction. Then in 1983 the city landed the Spruce Goose--the largest airplane ever built--which made one flight over Long Beach Harbor in 1947 with Howard Hughes at the controls and languished in a hangar for the next 33 years. Today the twin attractions--combined in one tour with a single admission price--attract as many as 2 million visitors a year and in 1983 were listed as the fifth best amusement in California.
1. Alamitos Bay, city beaches; sunbathing, swimming and various water sports; 421-9431
2. El Dorado Regional Park, along the San Gabriel River from Stearns Street to north of Wardlow Road; city's largest park, featuring community center, tennis courts, picnic area, archery range, nature center, small lake with boating and fishing, softball diamonds, soccer area, pony rides and 18-hole golf course; 421-9431
3. Harbor Cruises, departing from near bow of the Queen Mary and Shoreline Marina Village; a one-hour, narrated tour past shipping terminals, oil islands, other harbor and coastal sights; 514-3838