10 Things to Do in Gardena That You Shouldn't Miss

February 22, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Gardena is a city located in the South Bay (southwestern) region of Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 58,829 at the 2010 census, up from 57,746 at the 2000 census. Until 2014, the US census cited the City of Gardena as the place with the highest percentage of Japanese Americans in California. Gardena has a large Japanese population helping make the South Bay region of Los Angeles home to the largest concentration of Japanese companies within the mainland United States.
Restaurants in Gardena

1. Manhattan Beach

Along the Strand near Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Manhattan Beach

Reviewed By NativeAngelena - United States

Walked the Strand one night, both north and south of the pier. It was nice, pleasant, and safe. Lots of nice beach houses to admire while walking the Strand.

Keep in mind that the City of Manhattan Beach has a very strict ban on smoking in ALL areas except inside a private home, certain hotel rooms, and in moving cars. That means no smoking outdoors, even on the beach, pier, Strand, etc.

2. Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach Rd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 477 reviews

Redondo Beach

Reviewed By KayMacTravel7 - Los Angeles, California

This is still my favorite beach in Southern California after all these years! It’s clean and family friendly, with gorgeous views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and beautiful sunsets. Great for surfing, sitting in the sand, playing some sports, bringing kids, splashing in the waves, etc. You can also enjoy a nice walk or bike ride along the strand (concrete path). There is metered parking along Esplanade, or you can find parking along a street nearby like one of the avenues. There are many fun restaurants and shops either in the Riviera Village around Avenue I or up north at the Redondo Beach pier. You won’t regret visiting this fabulous beach!

3. StubHub Center

18400 Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746-2172 +1 213-480-3232
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 118 reviews

StubHub Center

Reviewed By twysted2015 - Kelowna, Canada

Stadium was clean, and sight lines were great due to the smaller venue. Didn't care for the ribbed bench seats that for some reason hit a nerve and make my legs go numb. Watched half the chargers/philly game from the stubhub backyard in the lounge chairs. Lots of venues for food and drink at a steep upcharge and all pretty mediocre from what I tried. Good time but it has room for improvement.

4. Hermosa Beach Pier

1 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3731
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 810 reviews

Hermosa Beach Pier

Reviewed By SusanCBM - Batesville, Arkansas

The Pier at Hermosa Beach is well worth the walk! A great place to stroll, people watch, surf watch and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Just off the strand and lots of restaurants and shops. Hermosa Beach and the Pier were wonderful!

5. Automobile Driving Museum

610 Lairport St, El Segundo, CA 90245-5004 +1 310-909-0950
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

Automobile Driving Museum

The Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) is a destination for anyone who loves cars and the role they have had in our lives. The ADM and its devoted Docent Volunteers are dedicated to providing our guests with an up-close and personal look into the lives of the original owners of our fleet. Every Sunday, we take our guests for a ride in one of our cars for a trip back in time. When planning an unforgettable event, think of the ADM as THE spot...your guests will never forget.

Reviewed By NickellFamilyTravel - Los Angeles, California

What makes a museum top dog? There is a lot of competition for where to go on the weekends. The difference here is passion. They love their museum, the cars, and the space. There is always something going on, car shows, food trucks, kid activities. They also have a ice cream parlor and popcorn for the kids. Our kids love going on the weekend, Especially when the hot wheels show is going on.

6. Star Helicopters

3670 W 120th St, Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne, CA 90250-3245
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 19 reviews

Star Helicopters

Star Helicopters is Los Angeles's most convenient Helicopter Company for Charters, Tours, Aerial Photography, Plane Spotting, and Helicopter Flight Training since 2009. The only Helicopter Tour Company based in the Metro Los Angeles area who fly a Jet Turbine Helicopter! We are the closest to Downtown Los Angeles, LAX & Hollywood! Choose from a variety of helicopter tours, including the Star VIP Tour, Hollywood & More, Soarin' the Shoreline, Malibu Grandeur, and The Oscar. We also offer dependable and secure VIP charters to and from select locations throughout the greater Los Angeles area for business, pleasure, or special events. If you’re interested in learning to fly a helicopter for fun, need more advanced training, or want to fly professionally, we offer a wide range of training programs as well. There really is only one choice! Contact us today for more information!

Reviewed By cortavediva - Nanuet, New York

Went because we had time to kill. The reviews here were on point. We didnt have an appointment and still they made it happen for us. A really nice pilot greeted us at the door and arranged for the tour. Theres plenty to choose from, starting with the mini tour for 90 p/p. We opted for the 30 min 300 for the 2 of us. Since it was our first time on a heli we opted for less time. We made the right choice. The facilities are very clean and they make you feel comfortable.

Alex was our pilot. He squeezed us in in his schedule. Alex, was really, really nice. He explained everything clearly and then we took of. It was awesome. He took us up the coast. Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Over LAX. It was awesome. We saw 2 planes take off, a few land. It was an awesome experience. During the tour Alex gave us the heads up when turning. He was really cool.

If you are in the area, go on this tour. It beats the traffic! I will go again when in the area for sure!! Ask for Alex

7. I Thee Wed Chapel

15424 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260-2153 +1 310-871-7295
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

I Thee Wed Chapel

Reviewed By Michelle M - Smyrna

Where do I begin...Robin, the coordinator, was Amazing! She not only helped me plan this from Mobile but she was professional, sweet as pie, and very flexible with last minute updates and changes. The venue is gorgeous. She made my family feel welcomed since they were coordinating for me in the West. Although i haven't seen my pictures yet...i know they will be awesome because the photographer was simply amazing. DO NOT HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THIS VENUE...SHE KNOWS HER STUFF...from the lighting to the poses...she was on it. My family csn be a little demanding, yet this photographer handled it like a champ with excellent time management. I can go on and on about why you should go with this fabulous team...but there is simply not enough time. Robin, I would do business with you anytime. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
The Sloans

8. Gardena Bowling Center

15707 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA 90247-4328 +1 310-324-1244
Excellent
47%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Gardena Bowling Center

Reviewed By bugnurse56 - Santa Paula, CA

Safety is so important to me when thinking about bowling solo-this place rocks it. On a part of Vermont that is hectic, the lot is spacious and well lit. People are everywhere so likelihood of any incident is minor to nil.Clubby atmosphere, everyone knows others. Now to the food- asian-type breakfasts in addition to diner fare. All so good. Large portions. I come back often.

9. The Forum

3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305-2200 +1 212-465-6741
Excellent
46%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 202 reviews

The Forum

Reviewed By Iwannago2 - San Juan Capistrano, California

Came for Bruno Mars. Haven't been here in years. Currently in construction outside, indoors it's new & clean. Various food selections, women's bathrooms had plenty of stalls. Capacity not huge, not a bad seat in the house. Parking is far, lots of walking.

10. Del Amo Fashion Center

3525 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503-5738 +1 310-542-8525
Excellent
60%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 155 reviews

Del Amo Fashion Center

Reviewed By SLOnative - Pismo Beach, Calif.

Twice bought shirts at Nordstrom, but couldn’t find a jacket. My friend found bargains for a 10 month old granddaughter at Macy’s. Dined at night twice in Brio (I think) Italian restaurant and had lunch in Nordstrom’s 2nd level cafe with a heated patio. There is also a separate Barnes & Noble bookstore between the Street and parking lot that is open late.

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