With nearly 300 days of sunshine gracing the San Pedro, California area every year, it’s easy to fill your time with endless activities. No matter how full your itinerary, be sure not to miss out on these three fun adventures.
1. Vincent Thomas Bridge
No matter your age, this 1,500-foot-long suspension bridge is sure to amaze. As the third longest suspension bridge in California, the Vincent Thomas Bridge links San Pedro with Terminal Island, home of the Federal Correctional Institution.
Explore the displays at the nearby Battleship USS Iowa Educational Museum, where you can glimpse into the past while venturing aboard the only battleship museum on the West Coast. Be sure to also visit the Los Angeles Maritime Museum – the largest maritime museum in California.
2. Point Fermin Lighthouse
This historical site and museum dates all the way back to 1874 and was constructed out of California redwoods. In 1925 a 6,600-candlepower electric light was installed in the lighthouse to project more than 22 miles out to sea. However, the light was extinguished in 1941 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor to prevent the possibility of enemy attacks.
In 1974, two years after being added to the National Register of Historic Places, the lighthouse was renovated and restored to it’s original state. The lighthouse is open Tuesday through Sunday (excluding holidays) from 1:00 PM TO 4:00 PM, with guided tours offered every hour at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm. Though entrance into the museum is free, donations are requested for the upkeep of the grounds.
3. Cabrillo Beach
Fill an afternoon with rest and relaxation at Cabrillo Beach – a perfect activity for the whole family. This mile-long stretch of sand and rocks is incredibly popular with windsurfers. Take time to search for treasures in the tide pools and be sure to pack ingredients for S’mores, as Cabrillo Beach is one of only two beaches in Los Angeles County that has fire pits. Parking costs $10 and consider packing sandals or water shoes for foot protection.