The pike is a fun place for people of all ages to hang out. The pike is unique to the city of Long Beach and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The pike was first founded as an amusement park in 1902. This was the fifth largest amusement park in the United States. In 1955, the Pike started to lose popularity because Disneyland opened up. Additionally, Walt Disney was inspired by the Pike and based some of his attractions on it. Unfortunately, in 1977, the Pike amusement park had to close down due to the Long Beach Council refusing to renew the lease.
I probably go to the Pike about once a month and have fun every time I go. You can never run out of things to do over there. For instance, there many stores you can shop at, a movie theater, plenty of different restaurants, a Ferris wheel, and even a beautiful view of the Queen Mary. My favorite memory at the Pike is riding the Ferris wheel with my boyfriend and looking at the city from up top. Another fun memory was when I first visited the Pike. In August of 2018, my family drove to Long Beach to drop me off for college. We went to the aquarium and saw many cute animals. We then decided to get food at Hooters because it is my dad’s favorite restaurant. I remember our waitress wrote me a good luck note on my receipt because she was about to graduate from Long Beach State. After Hooters, I walked around the dock with my family which made me sad because after this day I would be living on my own in college.