Things to do in Redondo Beach

Get to know the South Bay city with these waterfront landmarks in our list of things to do in Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach Pier
Photograph: Courtesy Redondo Pier Association
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Each South Bay city has its own distinct character: Manhattan Beach has an upscale village vibe, Hermosa Beach is stocked with ocean-adjacent bars while Redondo Beach splits its coast between a busy marina and sandy beaches. It's hard to beat the views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula from the laid back waterfront here, while the marina possesses a smattering of tasty seafood restaurants. Redondo may not top most out-of-towners' lists, but a destination-worthy makeover of the marina and pier could quickly change that. There's no need to wait, though; you can explore these six things to do in Redondo Beach right now.

6 things to do in Redondo Beach

Things to do, Event spaces

Redondo Beach Pier

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This South Bay landmark is 10 minutes south of LAX, and offers a slew of restaurants, shops and typical entertainment. There's almost always live music, the views are great and special events are hosted frequently—including the Festival of the Kite each spring. In recent years, visitors have been able to spot whales from the pier during the springtime. A $300-million redevelopment of the pier is expected to break ground in 2017.

Attractions, Beaches

Redondo Beach

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As you may infer from its name, Redondo Beach features a mile and a half of sandy beachfront as you venture south of the marina and pier area. Facilities are scattered along the way and you'll only find street parking, save for a small metered lot at George Freeth Way and Esplanade and another just over the Torrance border, which tends to keep the beach pretty low-key.

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Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do

Redondo Beach Marina

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You'll find everything from recreational yachts to fishing vessels harbored in this functioning marina. Embark on water sport, fishing or whale watching trips or stay onshore and explore the restaurants that dot the vast parking lots here; it's admittedly mostly chain restaurants, but make sure to swing by Captain Kidd's Fish Market and Restaurant.

Seaside Lagoon
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Things to do

Seaside Lagoon

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This isn't your typical swimming pool. Seaside Lagoon is a seasonal saltwater lagoon (complete with sandy sloped entrance) just steps away from the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can swim under lifeguard supervision, and there are also water slides, a playground, beach volleyball and picnic areas.

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The Strand
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Sports and fitness, Cycling

The Strand

Officially known as the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, this 22-mile bicycle path traces nearly the entire extent of L.A.'s westward-facing coastline. Though the Redondo Beach Marina and Pier briefly interrupt the trail, it picks back up again just to the south as it resumes its route along beachfront condos and a sandy bluff.

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
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Theater, Performing arts space

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

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Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is a staple of arts and culture in the South Bay. From theatrical performances to concerts and ballets, visitors can choose from a wide array of entertainment here. 

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