With so much land to explore and LA's enviable weather, some of the best recreational activities in the country can be enjoyed in Los Angeles year round. LA's 75 miles of coastline include world famous beaches from Malibu down to the South Bay and San Pedro. Explore LA's vast network of hiking and biking trails, or improve your swing at one of the county's 19 golf courses. Skiing and snowboarding are only a short drive away.
Marina del Rey, Calif.―The largest man-made marina in the world, more restaurants packed into one square mile than any other city (except for New York), and a convenient location 10 minutes north of Los Angeles International Airport make Marina del Rey a prime location for the jet set, nautical nuts and food connoisseurs.
This unincorporated "near the beach" community was built for boating--even the small bay across the street with its sandy beach and children's playground rents kayaks.
Just 2-1/2 miles to the south, discover this quiet, quaint seaside town. Its broad, low-key beach is a great choice for sunning, plus there are nearby cafes, taverns and boutiques. A short bike ride from the Marina, you can spend a few hours or the whole day there.
Santa Monica's spacious beach is adorned with a made-for-fun pier. In addition to the 1920s carousel, there's also a solar-powered Ferris wheel, roller coaster and more. Only 3 miles north of Marina del Rey, it's a hot-spot for splashing and sunning, too.
Point your toes north by one-half mile and you're in Venice Beach, famous for its Ocean Front Walk bursting with lively street performers, vendors and cafes. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind day, taking in the carnival-like atmosphere, renting a bike or blades, and kicking back on the sand.
Malibu, 27 Miles of Scenic Beauty is what the road sign announces as you enter the city on Coast Highway. No wonder so many people love this Los Angeles County California city framed by the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Mountains.
Look up to houses perched on hillsides. Look down to houses on the sand below. Coastal Highway 1 in Malibu sends you through the middle ground between blues sky and mountains, blue ocean and waves.
A scenic 928-foot-long Manhattan Beach Pier is one of over 100 piers in California and is located at the end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard. It offers free pier fishing all year. Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium at the end of the pier is free to the public. It includes a huge Shark Tank, Touch Tank with tide pool animals common to Southern California, tanks with lobsters, baby sharks and brightly colored, non-native fish and invertebrates. Open to the public Saturdays & Sundays 10 a.m. to sunset, Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to sunset and group and education tours offered. Call: (310) 379-8117.
This Los Angeles County city is the South Bay hub for beach activities and fun. As the largest of a handful of beach cities in a natural landform that curves south from Santa Monica and Marina del Rey.
Because of its close proximity to downtown Los Angeles (20 miles) and LAX (7 miles), Redondo developed early in the game (as did Malibu) as a beach destination known for relaxation and recreational sports such as surfing and boating. There's always something to do in Redondo Beach. If the free summer concerts don't have your toes tapping, check out the family-friendly list of things to do all year long. International Surf Festival with surfing, sand soccer, volleyball, body surfing, paddleboarding, sand castle contest, lifeguard dory races and many exciting competitions and activities is held each summer. Fourth of July, Lobster Festival, Dolphin Dash, Halloween Party and King Harbor Boat Parade are few of the annual events that attract visitors to this beach destination.
Hermosa Beach in Southern California's South Bay is a beautiful, fairly small beach city overlooking the Santa Monica mountains to the north. Its beach plaza is always brimming with fun.
Hermosa Beach or "Beautiful" Beach was once a vast sweep of rolling hills with herds of sheep grazing on barley fields that stretched to the Pacific Ocean. The 20th century ushered in change as the city joined a growing list of those incorporated on January 14, 1907.
Although those hills are now filled with hotels, shops, restaurants and houses, a passion for nature caused the city to declare itself a sanctuary. Resolution No. N.S. 2778, enacted June 5, 1968, declared all areas within the City of Hermosa Beach to be a Wild Bird Sanctuary, with all residents and visitors requested and urged to protect the wild bird population.
South Bay is home to some of the great volleyball action on the beach.. Beach volleyball popularity stretches the length of L.A. County beaches from Malibu on the north end to Long Beach on the south. Somewhere close to the middle near LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) is El Segundo beach with its volleyball courts.
Actually sitting near the south end of the runways and large buildings that comprise this busy airport is El Segundo. Many don't realize it is a beach community. Much like Torrance Beach to its north, this beach receives little publicity or recognition. Maybe because it is small, or perhaps because the surrounding views include jets, and tall pipes red and white striped pipes shooting into the sky from Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles County.
Hopkins Wilderness Park
1102 Camino Real
Reservations must be made in person at Alta Vista Racquet Center office, 715 Julia Ave between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily, 4:30 cut off for same day overnight reservation.Hopkins Wilderness Park was developed in 1977 as a center for camping, nature study and conservation. The 11-acre site includes a Visitor Center used for nature-related classes and meetings; four ecological habitats: forest, meadows, streams, and ponds; amphitheater (150 capacity); three overnight campgrounds: Gumwood Camp, Pine Camp, and Sycamore Camp (30 person capacity each); Day Camp picnic site (30 person capacity); and public restrooms and support facilities.
No entrance fee is required for individuals or families who wish to visit the park.
Day Camping - By Reservation Only
Groups over 10 must make reservations
Individuals and organizations who wish to reserve the park must pay a fee: 21 or older to reserve cash or check payment with ID.
Overnight Camping (per person/per night):
Amphitheater Use - By Reservation Only
An outdoor Amphitheater is available. Capacity: 150 person - Fee: $50.00 per three hours.
The Wilderness Visitor's Center is a 1,416 sq. ft. structure that houses a meeting room, small office, small kitchen, storage and public restrooms. Capacity for the meeting room is 120 persons (assembly). The Center was developed through a federal grant to be used as a conservation, camping and training center to bring the wilderness experience to residents of urban areas. (we do not rent this room to the public) Currently the building is used for nature-related recreation classes and camps (photography, nature appreciation, etc.) approximately ten hours per week.
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