San Pedro and the Palos Verdes Peninsula offer you a wide range of attractions and activities to make your visit special.
Whether you're interested in the arts, culture, culinary travel, adventure tourism...we've got it all.
See where sea lions, seals, and walruses are nursed back to health. Experience seaport life at quaint Ports O' Call Village. Take a harbor tour and get up close to the big ships coming in and out of the port. Learn about sea life at the marine aquarium. We're homeport to USS Iowa--BB61, the Big Stick. But there's life in San Pedro beyond the Waterfront, too.
We're a seaport town and have lots of great waterfront attractions. And visitors are often surprised at the wide range of activities and attractions in the Los Angeles Harbor area. History is a big part of our communities. From San Pedro's historic Downtown and Wilmington's beautifully restored Civil War era buildings to the Pt. Fermin Lighthouse, Korean Friendship Bell, you'll find tradition and great photo opportunities.
We've got the contemporary, too. San Pedro is the home of a groundbreaking artists' colony with great galleries. If it's adventure you want, we have trails and some of the best sailboarding in the western world.
There's not enough time in the day (and night) to experience it all. So plan an extended stay.
Gotta dance. And enjoy a live show in an elegant Art Deco theater. And hear music. Or sing karaoke.
Sailors used to embark on ships from San Pedro and sail to the exotic and interesting ports around the world. They still do. But today San Pedro has its own wide range of fascinating places to see and explore.
Listed below are some of the sites you'll want to include on your itinerary.
Fiesta Harbor Cruises
The best way to see the Port of Los Angeles up close and on the water. http://spcvb.com/drupal/content/fiesta-harbor-cruises-best-way-see-harbor
Marine Mammal Care Center, Angel's Gate Park, Ft. MacArthur, Peninsula
The Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur is a hospital for ill, injured, and orphaned marine mammals, primarily California sea lions, northern elephant seals, harbor seals, and northern fur seals. The center brings them back to health and releases them, when feasible, back into the ocean. 310-548-5677, http://www.marinemammalcare.org/
The Los Angeles Maritime Institute, Berth 73, Suite 2 (above Utro's next to the SP Slip)
The Los Angeles Maritime Institute is the home to the City of Los Angeles' official tall ships, the Iriving Johnson and the Exy Johnson, the only twin brigantines in the world, two ships that were built by hand right along the Los Angeles Harbor's Main Channel. The Instiitute offers its Top Sail youth leadership program to middle school students and also offers group charters and sunset pot luck sails. http://www.lamitopsail.org
ACE: Our Arts, Culture & Entertainment District and Beyond
You'll find artists studios and galleries throughout the San Pedro area, with the Downtown has been officially designated as an Arts, Culture, & Entertainment District. See the art, meet the artists. http://www.spacedistrict.org/
But we're also home to Angels Gate CulturalCenter, a colony of artists located on a beautiful bluff top overlooking the Pacific Ocean at 3601 S. Gaffey Street. Click here for directions to Angels Gate Cultural Center
Check out its special events, open studio days, and classes.
And close by Angels Gate Cultural Center is MaGriffe Galerie and Jardin de The. MaGriffe is located across the street from Angel's Gate on the bluff overlooking Point Fermin and the Pacific Ocean. Discover a treasure trove of artistic delights and creations by our local artists in the Galerie - paintings, sculptures, photography, drawings, etched glass & more. The Studio Boutique offers affordable art prints, jewelry, stained glass, pottery, greeting cards, and hand-crafted items by local artisans. Enjoy the beauty of our garden with its dramatic view of the ocean and Catalina. Galerie hours are Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
3624 South Gaffey Street, Peninsula. 310-547-2154, www.magriffegalerie.com, email@example.com
And you'll find culture everywhere in San Pedro.
San Pedro Convention and Visitors Bureau
Your source for San Pedro Visitor Information