Enjoy prime rib or lemon basil chicken with white wine or Champagne as you cruise Long Beach Harbor and see the Queen Mary close up. Spirit Cruises, Dock 9, Shoreline Village, Long Beach. 562-495-5884, www.SpiritMarine.com. $59.50 (arrive one hour before sailing)
The San Pedro, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and Catalina region offers a range of recreational opportunities. Whether you’re looking for hands-on or something more sedate, you’ll find it here.
We’ve got many outstanding golf courses
There’s sailing with the Los Angeles Yacht Club and Buccaneer Yacht Club and on LA’s official tall ships
*but don’t tell the children these places might be educational
Hour-long harbor cruises, available in Long Beach Harbor. Whale watching, private events, dinner cruises, wedding cruises. Call for schedules and information. From Long Beach's Shoreline Village. 310-548-8080, www.SpiritMarine.com
Catalina Express takes you to Catalina Island in just an hour with year-round service and up to 30 daily departures. Boats depart from the super convenient Catalina Air and Sea Terminal in San Pedro, right off the Vincent Thomas Bridge and convenient to I110. There are also depatures from Long Beach Dana Point.
Catalina is just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California. Catalina Express' fleet of high-speed ferries make for a quick, easy and fun getaway.