Local Attractions

Aquarium of the Pacific

Visit Southern California’s largest aquarium, within a short 10 minute walk of the Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel.  Or take the complimentary Passport Shuttle for those that prefer to ride.  The Aquarium of the Pacific has over 11,000 animals on display in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific Ocean.  Each year more than 1.5 million people visit the Aquarium. The Aquarium also features a NOAA Science on a Sphere, which exhibits imagery and real-time ocean and weather data on a six-foot diameter globe. It also presents daily shows covering topics such as sea level rise and marine ecosystems. Throughout the year, the Aquarium features art exhibits, performing arts shows, and cultural festivals as a way to engage new audiences and make science accessible. 

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Catalina Island

When you need a change of pace, Catalina Island is the place to be.  Relax and unwind at an island paradise - just an hour's time from the mainland.  Catalina Island, with its clear blue sunny skies and cool ocean breezes, is so close - but a world away.  The Catalina Express offers daily trips to Catalina Island from Long Beach out of Catalina Landing, just minutes from the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.  Catalina Island features fabulous land and water activities - including the new Zip Line and SeaTrek Undersea Adventure, romantic lodging for every taste and budget, a diversity of dining experiences, and daily tours of this scenic island.

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Harbor Breeze Cruises

Harbor Breeze Cruises offers daily whale and dolphin cruises.  During blue whale season, which typically runs from May through November, you can expect to be educated on the Blue Whales' characteristics, and other interesting facts. Join Harbor Breeze Cruises on an exciting journey to view some of the largest mammals on the planet. Their experienced crew and knowledgeable Aquarium of the Pacific educators will guide you on every voyage as we search for all types of awe-inspiring marine life.

Harbor Breeze Cruises is located next to the Aquarium of the Pacific at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach CA 90802, Dock #2.


Santa Monica

Santa Monica is an unforgettable, seaside city in Southern California. From award-winning dining and top-rated shopping to Santa Monica Beach and the attraction-packed Pier, Santa Monica offers something for everyone’s tastes.  Conveniently located a few miles from Los Angeles and a short drive to the neighboring attractions of the region, Santa Monica is a beach city with all of the culture, events and comforts of an active metropolis. For travelers seeking a Southern California vacation, Santa Monica offers the best of all possible worlds. 


A trip to Southern California wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Happiest Place on Earth.  Enter a magical kingdom where you can sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy-tale princesses, dive under the ocean and rocket through the stars—all in the same day! Disneyland Park is a beloved Southern California destination where generations of families have made their Disney dreams come true. Opened in 1955, Walt Disney’s original theme park is divided into 8 extravagantly themed lands—Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Adventureland.

Disneyland is open daily, year round and located at 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802.

Click here for specially priced Disney tickets, available to AMTA 2015 attendees only!

Partners Statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Disney California Adventure Park

Co-located with Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom, California Adventure Park is where the big kids go to play.  Explore 7 exciting lands that bring to life Disney and Pixar stories and characters through amazing attractions, entertainment and dining! The 2 most recent additions—Buena Vista Street and the awe-inspiring Cars Land—join the themed lands of Grizzly Peak, Paradise Pier, Pacific Wharf, "a bug's land" and Hollywood Land. With so much to do day and night, Disney California Adventure Park has something for every member of your family.

Click here for specially priced Disney tickets, available to AMTA 2015 attendees only!

A rollercoaster car speeds around a steep bend at California Screamin' in Paradise Pier

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Universal Studios Hollywood

Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place:  thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk.  Explore where Hollywood movies are made on the legendary Studio Tour.  Come face to face with King Kong 360 3-D; It’s the world’s largest, most intense 3-D experience.  You may even see top celebrities interviewed in person! Universal Studios Hollywood is the home of EXTRA, a leading entertainment-news television show and where the “movies are made”.  Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family.

VIP Experience

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