There's a quiet history that pervades the San Pedro coastline through the Point Fermin Lighthouse, Sunken City and the last vestiges of Fort MacArthur, with its decommissioned battery of heavy artillery that once protected the port. But just up the hill, perched over the Pacific, sits one of the most idyllic spots in all of L.A.: the Korean Bell of Friendship. The mighty metallic bell's rusty green finish complements the ornately painted chipped roof—its paint job has seen better days, but that doesn't detract from the beauty of the 1976 goodwill gift from South Korea. The exposed, grassy bluff is an ideal spot to fly a kite or just lounge in the grass of Angel's Gate Park.
San Pedro is currently having a bit of a renaissance. The neighborhood's waterfront is set to undergo a massive transformation, from a $100 million-plus Ports O' Call renovation including 16 acres of restaurants, shopping and markets, to the creation of AltaSea, a 35-acre campus focused on marine science being built through a partnership with the Port of Los Angeles and the Southern California Marine Institute. With the anticipation of San Pedro’s revitalization, some have already invested in the area. Crafted, a handmade artisan marketplace, opened in a warehouse in the Port of Los Angeles in 2012. Four years later, Brouwerij West opened in the warehouse across from Crafted, creating a must-visit weekend destination with food trucks, beer and occasional live entertainment. Other San Pedro gems have been adding value to the city for decades. So whether you're looking for something to do outside or where to see local theater, we have your guide to how to best enjoy San Pedro.