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Address: 4600 N Virginia Rd, Long Beach, CA 90807-1916
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Built in 1844, this is one of the last remaining two-story adobe structures...

Built in 1844, this is one of the last remaining two-story adobe structures still in existence in southern California, combining both Mexican and American architectural styles and building elements.

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Step back in time. Southern California history at its best here. Really ....it wasn't all about Zorro. Rancho Los Cerritos was a "working" ranchero". Learn about land grants... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Carol C
Long Beach, California
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Long Beach, California
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143 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Step back in time. Southern California history at its best here. Really ....it wasn't all about Zorro. Rancho Los Cerritos was a "working" ranchero". Learn about land grants and chaparral and life in early California. Not exciting, but Totally Cool! The docents are amazing! Okay, I only had one tour, but I heard snippets of other tours ... they know... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017

If you like California history this is a must see! Beautiful grounds with great tours of what it was like to live in California before the crowds!

Thank laura m
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

What a great tour. Our docent Lynn is a rare gem. She will have you reliving this era. This is a must see when visiting Long Beach

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Los Angeles, California
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299 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Anyone interested in local California history should visit the Rancho. The property has been lovingly maintained and provides interesting historical facts about the development of Southern California, Long Beach and surrounding cities. Our guide Martin, was knowledgeable, kind and patient with our many questions about the construction of the building and the uses of the grounds. The short informational film... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

When we went we were in a group of only 6 people. (incl. 2 children) The guide was good at telling stories and keeping the interest of the younger generation. Asking and answering questions about the old ranching equipment. My parents had a wonderful time and the children seemed to as well (they weren't ours). The Rancho is small and... More 

1 Thank Debi M
Long Beach, California
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

We have been coming to Rancho Los Cerritos for over 25 years and never get tired of it. The history, the family fun events, summer concerts on the grass are all so lovely.

1 Thank Katherine H
Scottsdale, Arizona
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320 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Short movie downstairs good for introduction. Docent lead tour lasts about an hour including the house interior and grounds. Interesting to learn the history of long beach in general and this property in particular. The property is decorated with period pieces to see how people lived and worked at that time.

1 Thank booptraveler
Saint Louis, Missouri
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489 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Long Beach was once two ranchos. All that is left is the adobe ranch house and it is great. The museum shows what life was like on a Rancho in the 1870's and after updating in the 1930's. A dedicated staff of volunteer tour guides will make you visit one to remember. Look for special programs at various times of... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2016

Leave behind you the hectic city as you drive thru Bixby Knolls past the Virgina Country Club and enter the world of the 1880's. Begin your visit with a descent into the basement of the visitors center to watch a brief film that brings you into the spirit of the place. Browse the historical exhibits on the main floor while... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

We loved the tour. So much history! You where able to see all the rooms and how they where used in the era. Very informative.

1 Thank Lori N

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