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8 Reasons We Love Manhattan Beach for a Day of Family Fun

Explore the Best of Manhattan Beach With This Guide

Looking for a Southern California coastal escapade for the whole family to enjoy? Head to Manhattan Beach for an adventure you won’t forget! Known as “The Pearl of LA’s South Bay,” this popular “Surfin’ USA’” town south of LAX epitomizes beach life and is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. With an endless amount of things to see and do—from art and nature to surfing and shopping—there’s something for everyone in the family. Read ahead for eight reasons why we love Manhattan Beach!

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Make the Most of Your Day With the City’s App

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Planning and navigating your day in Manhattan Beach has never been easier with the Reach Manhattan Beach app! Focusing on serving the community, its residents and visitors, the app offers a wide array of features, so you and your family can relish the day without having to worry about logistics. Locate local parks, find parking effortlessly and discover the latest community events happening in town


Discover Local Artists at the Manhattan Beach Art Center

For the art lovers in the family, check out the Manhattan Beach Art Center! Learn about the human experience and the world in which we live through the visual arts medium. See displayed works from both emerging and established artists, and connect with the local community through the latest exhibits. Plan your visit during daytime hours Wednesday through Sunday since the center is closed Monday and Tuesday.



Appreciate Nature and Host Parties at Polliwog Park

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Spanning 18 acres (the largest park in South Bay), Polliwog Park is perfect for family excursions! Go migratory bird-watching or view the park’s public art, while taking a nature stroll around the pond. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Southern California’s native flora and fauna at the Botanical Gardens, let the kids roam free at the playground and create lasting family memories by hosting an epic party or reunion at the picnic area or under one of the stunning gazebos.



Breathe in the Salty Sea Air at the Manhattan Beach Pier

A state historic landmark, the Manhattan Beach Pier is a staple stop for locals and visitors. Known as the oldest concrete pier in California and the most iconic beach volleyball monument in the world, this gem is ideal for taking in unparalleled views and reliving history as you walk down the Manhattan Beach Open Walk of Champions. Whether you catch the sunset as the waves crash into the pier below, or watch the surfers ride the tides, the Manhattan Beach sea breeze will take you to paradise


Learn About Marine Life at Roundhouse Aquarium

Love exploring the aquatic world? Interact with local sea life at the Roundhouse Aquarium! Located at the end of the MB Pier downtown, this nonprofit environmental organization excites and educates individuals of all ages. Discover the oceanic habitats of over a hundred incredibly diverse marine animals—including moon jellies, sharks, octopi and more. If you and the family are feeling a little daring, head over to the touch tanks and say hello to the sea stars, sea urchins and sea snails!



Shop, Dine and Play Around the City

Treat yourself and the family to a little shopping, dining and entertainment in Manhattan Beach! Have a lovely dinner at one of the many open-air restaurants, and relieve any family stress with a little retail therapy at the numerous shops—from high-end stores to local boutiques. Find endless amounts of fun things to do, see and of course enjoy in Downtown Manhattan Beach, North Manhattan Beach and at the Manhattan Village Shopping Center. A day spent shopping around this seaside city is a day well-spent!



Take a Stroll Down the Strand

Manhattan Beach guide - The Strand
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A local’s favorite thing to do in Manhattan Beach is simple and relaxing—taking a stroll down the Strand. Stretching approximately 2.1 miles of one of the most beautiful beach fronts in Los Angeles, you can walk for miles north or south and never run out of things to see. Perfect for a refreshing morning walk or leisurely daytime exercise, this hotspot will make you feel at home. Between the eye-catching scenery and inviting community, the Strand is destined to be you and your family’s happy place.



Bring Manhattan Beach Home With Merch

Show your love for Manhattan Beach in style! Purchase T-shirts or hoodies, or pick up water bottles to stay hydrated throughout the day. You can purchase merch (Monday through Friday) at Manhattan Beach City Hall. Look for the pop-up shop, Branded Manhattan Beach!


City of Manhattan Beach
1400 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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