The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, California
Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach, California is an historic vessel that set transatlantic records after it was built in Scotland and launched in 1936. Serving as a luxury oceanliner till WWII when it went into service for the war effort, the regal ship offered the preferred method of travel before airline travel was readily available.
Today you can tour the Queen Mary permanently docked in Long Beach Harbor near the Port of Los Angeles, one of the busiest ports in the U.S. The ship features a hotel, several great restaurants that offer city lights views of Long Beach, and many events throughout the year. There are also daily self-guided and some guided tours you can take to see famous places within the ship such as the haunted swimming pool area. It has been featured on Unsolved Mysteries and has hosted Ghost & Paranormal Festivals.
One of the great annual events on the Queen Mary makes use of the haunted status in a Halloween haunt that last several weeks before and during Halloween. Dark Harbor is an exciting, ticketed event with many mazes both in and outside the ship.
The top events each year include Dark Harbor, holiday celebrations at Christmas such as the incredible CHILL, New Year's and 4th of July, and the annual Scottish Festival held usually in February. A fabulous splash of color with plaids all over, the Queen Mary Scottish Festival takes place in and outside the ship on the lawns, with sheepherding demos, Scottish games, bagpipes and the Scottish parade of units dressed in their formal attire--kilts, carrying flags, etc.
Tourists can visit the Queen Mary open daily and pay a fee just to wander around and see the museum exhibits. Or you can dine on board the ship for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Fine dining is Sir Winston's on the Queen Mary ship is held at the elegant upper deck restaurant with an intimate atmosphere, daytime, sunset and evening skyline views of the city, delicious gourmet steaks and fish, and a complete list of cocktails and wines. It is one of Long Beach's top choices for celebrations and dates.
While you can't actually ride the Queen Mary because it is stationary, you can take pleasant harbor trips on the Aqualink, Water Taxi, or Fishing and Whale Watching boats that depart Long Beach Harbor.