Queen Mary Long Beach California

 My seven-year old son shouted early Saturday morning that he wanted to go the Queen Mary.  So by being the best bomb-diggity mommy I am, we got dressed and proceeded to the I-710 Freeway.

Now let me explain, my son Jaylen is not your average handsome and smart little boy.  He’s better.  (Yeah, I said it!)

He has Asperger’s Syndrome which is under the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); which means that he’s better able to appreciate music and the arts, which I love, but outings can sometimes be difficult.

As we made our way into this historical ship we were met by the ship’s captain.  He guided us on a tour of the Art Deco of the Golden Ages exhibit and even offered to take a picture with my lil man.

But oh, once we were done with the tour it was a wrap.

He wore me out.

From the old-school visual arts, furniture, and architecture I couldn’t get lil homie to stop talking about how awesome  everything was.

“I wanna go on top of the ship, mommy!” “I wanna look at the ocean!” “I like this place mommy!” he continued.

He (we) had so much fun that he wanted us to come back with his sister and brothers.  Sibling love? Hmm..

Jaylen and the Ship CaptainAfter all this running around we got hungry and had lunch at Chelsea’s Chower House and Bar. Can you say yum-may?

They have the best Iceberg Wedge Salad, Bread and Chicken Tenders ever.

I even took some bread togo. LOL.

With visual arts, music and conversation being my son’s favorites the Queen Mary definitely rose to the occasion for this lil Aspie.


I think we have something here…

Be on the lookout for more ASD friendly-outings.


 About the Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, visit: or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

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