Do you have a mini matey that loves all things pirates? We’ve got the best playgrounds, events, and swashbuckling fun for the best pirate adventures in Long Beach.
It seems to be a right of passage that kids will eventually go through a pirate phase. Whether they are obsessed with riding Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, playing swords in the backyard or telling pirate jokes (Why can’t pirates learn the alphabet? Because they’re stuck at c/sea), “thar be a pirate phase ahead.”
Pirates are just fun.
Luckily, we live in close proximity to a ton of ways to have pirate fun. From parks with a pirate theme, pirate shops, and even a full-blown Pirate Invasion, you’ll find a wide variety of pirate experiences in Long Beach.
So here’s a list of all the pirate fun in Long Beach for your family to enjoy!
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Pirate Invasion Long Beach
Every summer, hoards of pirates descend on the Queen Mary area of Long Beach in a massive Pirate Invasion. This year, Pirate Invasion will be held July 30-31at Harry Bridges Memorial Park (near the Queen Mary).
While the adult pillaging and plundering may be too much for younger pirates, there’s a kids area that is just their speed! Face painting, games, and ye old’ pirate inflatables round out the fun for kids at Pirate Invasion in Long Beach.
Don’t forget to stop by Mermaid Cove to also check your kids mermaid obsession box!
If you read reviews, you may find that in general people recommend Medieval Times over Pirates Dinner Adventure. But I must say, my kids LOVE going to the Pirates Dinner Adventure.
It’s a much smaller venue than Medieval Times, which makes you feel closer to the action. Plus, there’s a whole pirate ship surrounded by water, which my kids think is pretty dang amazing.
It can get pricey, so make sure to check Groupon for discount tickets. We always do the general admission and have no problem seeing the show.
Our kids love a park with a theme. They also love playing pirates. So if you’re looking to amp up the fun, visit one of these local parks with a pirate theme!
Bolivar Park in Lakewood – This park has two playgrounds with the younger gated playground boasting a fun pirate theme.
Harry M. Dotson Park in Stanton – This park has a splash pad our kids love in the summer and a huge pirate ship playground which is endless fun year round.
Buccaneer Bay – This amazing small water park is a part of Splash: La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center. It’s MUCH more manageable than the larger water parks in the area and has a pirate theme your kids will love.
Pirate Park in Bellflower – We love this little park because it’s enclosed and all the play is around an awesome little pirate ship. No sand makes this park an A+ in our book!
Rush Park in Los Alamitos – Rush Park is a nice quiet park and has a wonderful pirate play structure, perfect for younger kids. Highly recommend for toddlers and preschoolers.
More Pirate Recommendations
When our kids are into something, we like to strike when the iron is hot! Which means we bring books into it! Visit one of our favorite libraries in Long Beach and grab one of these picture books about pirates to enhance your little ones love of pirates – and reading!
- Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map
- Pirate Princess
- Pirates Love Underpants
- Even Pirates Need to Listen
- Goodnight Pirate
- There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish
Need to stock up on some gear? Head to Pirates Cove in Shoreline Village for pirate hats, outfits and all your gear! Then you’ll be all set to have a ton of swashbuckling pirate adventures in Long Beach!