Marine Park/Mother's Beach
Location: 5839 Appian Way, Long Beach, CA 90803
How to get there
From Pacific Coast Highway exit Second Street west, turn right onto Appian Way.
About Mother's Beach
Marine Park aka Mother's Beach is a narrow, calm and sandy beach facing the Marine Stadium at Alamitos Bay. The calm water, lifeguards and the children's playground make it a very family friendly place and the best beach for kids. Kayak rentals is available too.
There are plenty of parking lots at the beach and free parking if you don't mind walking a bit further.
You may bring your own sandwiches or eat at one of the cafes nearby. Mom's Beach House Cafe is right next to the playground. Alternatively, drive to the opposite side of the water to the Marina Pacifica Mall where you can find restaurants like Ocean Market Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings and Starbucks. The AMC, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and Ralph's in the mall also provide the varieties and facilities for the family outing.
Another Mother's Beach
Please note that there is another Mother's Beach within one hour's drive. It's the Marina Beach (Mother's Beach) at Marina del Rey. If you are meeting up with someone, do make it clear which one you mean to avoid confusion.
Here is Mother's Beach on the map.