As I mentioned in my last post, Long Beach is a bit more of an industrial town.  There is a large oil industry and it is one of the world's largest shipping ports.  But back in the day (1902) there was a huge amusement zone here called "The Pike" but it went through a few name changes and a final demolition in 1979.
Today, there is a new development called "The Pike at Rainbow Harbor."  It is across from the LB convention center and consists of a few restaurants, a Borders, a cineplex and a few more shops.  It is not as thriving as the original Pike but there is hope that its popularity will rise.  I think Long Beach is a really up and coming area, clearly things are tough right now economically in many US cities, but it does seem like a lot has been invested to beautify and bring more tourism and revenue to LB.   The amusement park that existed yesteryear is gone but they do have a new solar powered ferris wheel in the heart of the new "Pike" as well as an antique Spillman carrousel.
Although some say the appeal of this new Pike lacks the proximity to the water, it really is not that far away.  Seriously, it's right across the street. 

I have high hopes for this area.  Many folks and businesses are still struggling everywhere but there is no denying that there is always a market for beachy fun.  Even in a tough market, walks by the beach are still free! 
What fun a free activities do you like to enjoy?