Cinemark At The Pike

Who doesn’t love the movies? Especially this summer with so many great movies coming out, the place to see one is Cinemark at the Pike. This movie theater is smack dab right in the middle of all the action down at the Pike. This movie theater is located on Pine street and is one behemoth of a movie center.

This place is HUGE. Tons of large high quality screens for your viewing pleasure. I decided to see the movie TED at this Cinemark and give this place a review. Upon arrival I noticed a large amount of loud noisy teenagers in the lobby and pretty much zero security or crowd control. Other than that It was very clean and smelled like fresh buttered popcorn. Ticket prices can be very expensive for a date so I would definetly go to a matinee or morning movie instead. Once seated in the theater I enjoyed the comfy plush chairs and large screen. Overall It was a great movie experience at Cinemark and recommend this place for a matinee or morning flick.

P.F. Chang's

P.F. Chang’s is a pretty high end restaurant that focuses on Chinese food and they are known for their customer service and very crowded restaurants. I know usually crowded and customer service don’t end up in the same sentence but I have never had a problem with them screwing up orders and stuff like that.

On this day we went for the double date so there were four of us. It was a bit of a problem getting there on time because the parking situation in The Pike area of Downtown Long Beach is a nightmare. There is an adjacent parking structure but that is for the Long Beach Aquarium and they charge $8 bucks to park there. You can also pull right up to the front door which is right by the Pine Avenue Pier and valet park if you like but I am not sure what that costs. Either way they make you pay down there and I went for the parking structure that is located over by the Hyatt The Pike.

We started off with 2 lettuce wraps for our appetizers and man are these things yummy. They come with chicken and you basically get about 7 pieces of lettuce and some sauce and you make lettuce tacos out of them. Very healthy and clever way to do appetizers.

Here is what is in the Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps, they are Wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks and served with cool, crisp lettuce cups. You can easily eat 2 of these dishes yourself in my opinion.

For our main course we had the Shrimp With Candied Walnuts and here is what comes in that dish. Tender shrimp tossed in a creamy sauce with candied walnuts and honeydew melon. I actually really liked the way they did the honeydew melon it was very yummy!

Grand Romance Riverboat

The Grand Romance Riverboat depart from Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach. All Cruises board thirty minutes prior to departure. Public Parking is available at the Aquarium of the Pacific and The Pike parking structures. Public cruises and Private Charters go out rain or shine, year round. If you have a Dinner cruise or some kind of private event like a business party this is a cool thing to do.

The Grand Romance Riverboat was built in a sand lot near the Noyo river in Fort Bragg, Ca. by Daniel Steel Co. and the Barker Family. It is the brainchild of Captain Bill Barker. “We were running fishing charters in Bodega Bay and quite frankly was scared of the liability involved. That, coupled with some bad weather, made me rethink my line of work. I went to Old Sacramento for a family outing on the river and discovered a converted houseboat with a fake paddlewheel mounted on the side. I talked with the folk’s on the boat about the great time they had. I guess that’s what gave me the idea. I love to entertain people and this seemed like something good for Long Beach,” he said. Although it took three years to get it started, his enthusiasm for the project was unwavering.

Construction of the Grand Romance, California’s only true sternwheel riverboat, began in mid-October 1990. She debuted on July 3, 1993 – almost exactly 150 years since the first sternwheeler operated in California. Out-fitted with cast Victorian ironwork from the Old South, towering twin smoke stacks and a 43 note calliope she is the grandest authentic riverboat to operate in California. Her interior features a two-story high Grand Ballroom with a red velvet stage, gleaming marble dance floor and polished brass and stamped tin ceilings. Over-looking the 16 foot diameter paddlewheel is a turn-of-the-century mahogany bar. The upper deck has covered verandas to enjoy the view and a 100 seat murder mystery showroom where multiple murders take place every weekend.

Chilli's

Chili’s opened as a fun Dallas burger joint with a loyalty to happy hour and blue jeans. We prided ourselves on our humble beginnings, following a devotion to great food, warm hospitality and community spirit. Today, with restaurants all over the world, we continue to cook up the best in casual fare, offering the same genuine service we did way back when. And, just as in 1975, we’re committed to giving back to the communities that have helped us grow.

Shoreline Aquatic Park

The park area is just beyond the Pike Pier in Long Beach. To get there you have to go around via Queens Way over by where the Catalina Flyer takes out of and that will get you to the parking lot of the park.

I sat here with about 20,000 a few years ago to watch Travis Pastrana jump a car onto a barge and this was the best place to sit because there is a hill on one end of the park where the light tower is.

Hyatt The Pike Long Beach

The Avia hotel is located at 285 Bay Street, Long Beach, CA 90802 and is right in the middle of the Pike in downtown Long Beach. If you are participating in an event downtown then this is the place for you to stay. You can walk to the convention center, the Aquarium of the pacific and all the restaurants located in the pike and on the other site of the street by the Pine Ave Pier.

Oh and in case you are wondering why it is called the Avia, they joined the Hyatt chain of hotels in 2011 so this hotel is also known as The Hyatt The Pike Long Beach. The Hyatt at the pike is not the same hotel as the Hyatt that is connected to the convention center. It is easy enough to walk back and forth between them two hotels but I wanted to clear that up.