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Long Beach welcomes the Childhood Obesity Conference and encourages you to make the most out of your visit. The compact downtown waterfront sets a new target for "walkability." Within eight square blocks, visitors will find quality shopping, world-class attractions, entertainment and more than 100 restaurants serving cuisines from around the world. WalkScore.com rates Long Beach among its "Most Walkable Neighborhoods in America." Long Beach features world-class attractions: The Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Shoreline Village, plus four distinctive museums, two historic ranchos. Long Beach is a water sport paradise, with more than eleven miles of sandy beachfront, inland waterways and bays.

The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center is located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard (main entrance on Pine Avenue), in the heart of Long Beach’s vibrant oceanfront downtown. Newly renovated and modernized to handle the latest technology, this world class meeting facility features two-levels of beautiful meeting spaces, extensive seating, attractive lounges and networking “pods” that allow guests to collaborate and connect – one of the most valuable elements of any conference.

Enhanced lighting, artwork, and warm wood features provide a look of sophistication not often found in traditional convention centers. A magnificent glass concourse and lobby offers expansive views of the scenic harbor, while outside a pedestrian promenade conveniently links you to hotels, shopping, restaurants, exciting local attractions, and miles of sandy beaches. One of the first “green” convention centers, the facility participates in an aggressive recycling and energy conservation program, and has solar panels built into the center’s exhibit halls.

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Convention Center Parking

Parking at the Convention Center is $10 per day. The entrance to the underground Promenade parking garage is located on Pine Avenue. 

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Long Beach Airport

Flying into Long Beach is just "Plane" Easy! Long Beach Airport is the most convenient center for air travel into the Los Angeles/ Orange County area. Condé Nast Traveler (October 2008 issue) rated Long Beach Airport #7 out of the top 10 airports in the United States for business travelers and #1 for baggage handling. The Long Beach Airport offers several daily flights on Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Delta, and US Airways.

Approximate Distance to Downtown Long Beach: 12 miles (19 minutes)

Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third busiest in the United States, offering more than 565 daily flights to 81 domestic cities and more than 1,000 weekly nonstop flights to 66 international destinations on more than 75 air carriers.

Approximate Distance to Downtown Long Beach: 23 miles (28 minutes)

John Wayne/Orange County Airport

John Wayne Airport is located approximately 35 miles south of Los Angeles, between the cities of Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach. Ten commercial, two commuter and two all-cargo airlines operate at John Wayne Airport. The airport serves almost 9 million passengers and handles more than 15,000 tons of cargo each year.

Approximate Distance to Downtown Long Beach: 33 miles (41 minutes)

Airport Shuttle

Shuttle service arrangements to and from the airport and your hotel can be made through Super Shuttle at www.supershuttle.com or by calling (800) 258-3826.

Long Beach Airport $74 per person (one-way)
Los Angeles International Airport $17 per person (one-way)
John Wayne/Orange County Airport $37 per person (one-way)

Costs may vary depending on your hotel location. Advanced reservations (24 hours) are required from the hotel to the airport.



A taxi from the Long Beach Airport to Long Beach Convention Center is approximately $25 (one-way). Taxi rides to individual hotels will vary.


The Metro Blue Line is a light rail line running a north-south route between Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles passing through Downtown LA, including South Los Angeles, Watts, Willowbrook, Compton, and Long Beach in Los Angeles County; it is one of five lines in the Metro Rail System. In Long Beach exit at the 1st and Pine Avenue station and walk one block to the Convention Center.

Getting Around Long Beach

They say nobody walks in L.A., but that doesn't mean you need a car in Long Beach. Hop on the free Passport shuttle in downtown for a quick ride to all must-see Long Beach attractions. For only $1.25, the Passport links you up with local destinations such as Belmont Shore, Alamitos Bay and Cal State Long Beach. The Metro Blue Line train and a convenient Long Beach Transit system also can get you easily on your way. During the summer months, enjoy the Long Beach Harbor via AquaBus and/or AquaLink.

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Local Attractions

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Aquarium of the Pacific view on map 0.3 miles
Shoreline Village view on map 0.5 miles
Queen Mary view on map 1.4 miles
Museum of Latin American Art view on map 1.4 miles
Long Beach Museum of Art view on map 1.7 miles
Belmont Shore view on map 3.5 miles
Disneyland view on map 18 miles
Catalina Island view on map 22 miles
Hollywood view on map 31 miles
Beverly Hills view on map 33 miles
Universal Studios view on map 34 miles

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