Fun for the Whole Family in Redondo Beach

Kimberley Fisher, a travel writer and blogger, offers readers an exciting look into life and attractions in Redondo Beach.  Although her highlights focus on Redondo Beach as a vacation spot, she also shares insights into local attractions for would-be residents of this fun South Bay beach town!

The 70,000 square foot pier was originally built in 1889. It is home to over 50 shops, restaurants and bars, Redondo Fun Factory, Summer Music on the Pier, traveling festivals and art shows. Stop into the Sunshine Kite Factory and say hello to instructor Yoshi Mikimoto, who not only teaches how to fly a kite but also yo-yo classes. He took over the Sunshine Kite Factory in 1999 after working in the store to pay off a kite he dearly wanted.

After browsing other interesting shops and stopping for a coffee or ice cream treat, explore the waters of Redondo. Get some exercise by renting a kayak or paddle boat from Fast Kayak. Cruise around the harbor at a leisurely pace in a four-person paddle boat or a double cobra kayak and enjoy the Californian sunshine and perfect weather.

Next door to Fast Kayak is the “California Looking Glass”, a semi-submarine boat offering 30-40 minute tours with two seven-foot long underwater picture windows. After leaving the harbor, venture down below for perfect undersea viewing. Cruising the harbor you will see sting rays, local fish such as smelt and opal eyes. But, the sea lions are the star of the tour. As your boat glides around their sanctuary, you will be close enough to see water dripping off their glistening bodies as they bark, lounge and play.

For lunch, head over to Joe’s Crab Shack. This fun, entertaining casual eatery is great for the whole family offering plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Kids will enjoy the live entertainment as the servers break out in song and dance, and parents will appreciate the vast menu and specialty drinks. Choose from a selection of buckets of crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn. Visit the gift shop to bring home a crabby gift.

After lunch, spend the afternoon at the Redondo Beach Fun Factory. Reconnect with your inner child as you play skeet ball and wedges/ledges, compete in balloon horse races and ride the tilt-a-whirl. With over 300 arcade and redemption games, rack up tickets to get some fun souvenirs. Kiddy rides are plentiful and older kids with enjoy air hockey and foosball.

When you return to the pier, be sure to catch a beautiful sunset over baskets of fresh fish tacos at Lou-e-Luey’s. Specializing in low-key Baja style seafood, you will feel relaxed and comfy at their little, beach bar looking hideaway on the north end of the boardwalk. The owner named the restaurant after a customer in one of his previous establishments, and takes pride in offering high quality food at great prices. Besides delectable seafood, local favorites include the hanger steak and the “Baja Boil” every Wednesday.

Head back to the hotel with the happy yet exhausted family, gaze out over the glistening sea and watch the last rays of California sunshine slip away, and have pleasant dreams of another perfect day in Redondo Beach.

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