No trip to Paramount would be complete without taking the short fifteen to twenty minute drive to the Pacific Coast. There are lots of fun activities to do along the beach or in the water.
Starting 30 minutes north of Paramount is Manhattan Beach, where you can visit the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium. This aquarium, located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier, offers lots of up-close and person exhibits and well as hands-on exhibits that teach visitors about the marine life of the Pacific Ocean. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $2 to $5 per guest is optional. Keep in mind when planning your trip that the aquarium is only open from 3pm to sunset on weekdays and 10am to sunset on weekends.
Just south of Manhattan Beach, and directly west of Paramount, is Redondo Beach. There are a lot of fun activities to enjoy here both in the Pacific Ocean and on the coast. A must see is the Redondo Beach Pier, which is home to lots of unique shops and seaside restaurants. Also in Redondo is the Redondo State Beach, which is very accessible and always clean. While in Redondo you can even take a whale watching tour out in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Further south in Ranchos Palos Verdes, you can explore the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and Ecological Reserve. This park features several different walking or hiking trails that meander along the shore and up to several great bluffs viewing areas. When hiking along the shore you will pass several tide pools, which often are full of sea life like sea urchins and starfish. This is a great place to get up close and personal with the ocean life of the Pacific Ocean. Admission is free, but parking is $5.
South of Ranchos Palos Verdes, and directly south of Paramount if taking the 710, is San Pedro. In San Pedro you can explore the Angles Gate (Los Angeles Harbor) Lighthouse, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the Point Fermin Lighthouse and the Royal Palms State Park Beach. There are lots of different hands-on activities to experience at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium that help teach you about the ocean life and ecosystem of the Pacific Ocean in this area. You can even go on a whale watching excursion after browsing the aquarium, which was build by Frank Lloyd Wright and features one of the largest collections of Pacific Ocean sea life. Admission is free but a donation of $1 per child and $5 per adult is suggested.
Just east of San Pedro along the coast is Long Beach and of course there are tons of activities to enjoy at the beach here. Some of the most popular activities here include taking the Aquabus or Aqualink Catamaran across the lagoon to Rainbow Harbor for lunch, both of these modes of transportation are part of the Long Beach public transportation system and provide a relatively cheap way to experience the seaside town and even see some ocean life and bird on your trip. The Pike at Rainbow Harbor has lots of restaurants and shops as well as a Ferris wheel that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
Continuing along the coast from Long Beach will take you to Seal Beach. Here, the most popular attraction, aside from the beautiful beach is Main Street. This area of town features six art galleries, 49 unique shops, 24 restaurants and four antiques stores. Another popular attraction to enjoy in Seal Beach is the Seal Beach Jetty. This is a hot spot for surfers from all over the world. Whether you want to relax on the beach while watching some pros or get in the surf and try it yourself, Seal Beach is one of the best places in the Paramount area to do it.
Most all of the beaches along the coast from Manhattan Beach all the way down to Sunset Beach have a selection of shops where you can rent surfboards, kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles, wave runners and boats. Many of these shops also offer lessons for beginners or informative tours. Each major public beach also offers shower stations, parking lots, snack bars and lifeguard service.
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