Seal Beach and Town
||Los Angeles, CA|
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Seal Beach is an extremely cute town! Everything is spic and span yet funky. Main Street is lined with cool stores and restaurants. O'Malley's Irish Pub is a fantastic place to sit and take in the scene. You can sit in a wooden booth by a huge open window and watch the people walk by. On Main Street, there is an icecream shop, a kite shop, and plenty of restaurants. Main Street leads directly out onto the pier, which is nice for a windy walk. Following Main Street the other way, you come to an island in the road where there is a red one-car train museum! It offers a fascinating glimpse into LA's past. If you walk down 8th Street, which is parallel to Main Street, you will see tiny chic homes with unusual architecture. The street is lined with palm trees and has a very southern-california beachy feel. The City Hall on 8th Street closely resembles the Santa Barbara courthouse on a smaller scale, and was built around the same time, in 1929, in Spanish revival style. Walk by and admire its graceful design.
Happy people gather on either side of the pier and sit on the benches in the park at the base of the pier. There is live music on Wednesday nights in the summer. There is a playground on the beach just west of the pier. East of the pier families gather to swim in the summer. It's not a very pretty beach and it can be windy but residents have fun anyway.
Nearby, check out Rainbow Harbor where you can stroll along the waterfront or eat at one of the many great restaurants! Shoreline Village right next door is fun for kids, with its carousel and touristy shops.
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From Highway 405 northbound, take the Seal Beach exit and follow Seal Beach Blvd toward the ocean. It becomes Ocean Avenue. You can park along the road on Ocean Avenue once you get near Main Street. There are also large parking lots by the beach under the pier.
From Highway 405 southbound, take the Studebaker Rd exit and turn toward the ocean on Studebaker Rd. After 2 miles, turn right on Westminster Ave. Turn left on Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy). After a mile, turn right on Main St. Turn left or right on Ocean Ave and park along the road, or use one of the large parking lots under the pier.
Red Car Museum is open the 2nd and 4th Saturday each month, noon-3pm. Admission is free. Call (562) 683-1874.
O'Malley's On Main, 140 Main St, Seal Beach CA 90740, call (562) 430-0631.
Cold Stone Creamery, 101 Main St, call (562) 626-8151.
Up Up and Away Kites, 139 Main St, call (562) 596-7661.
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Overall Visitor Rating:
|Oh man! I miss Seal Beach!|
|if i could live anywhere, it would be seal beach|
|funky and laid-back, trendy and upscale, Seal Beach has restaurants, bars, shops for all tastes! and the beach is great|
|I wanna be in SoCal soon!|
|Mom and pop stores, independent coffee houses- less attitude than the rest of LA. You will love it!|
|Wicked kite surfing! Decent also for new surfers to learn by the pier.|