10 Things to Do in Manhattan Beach That You Shouldn't Miss

October 10, 2017 Leida Jutras

Manhattan Beach is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States, on the Pacific coast south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach. Manhattan Beach is one of the three Beach Cities that make up the South Bay. Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach is ranked in the top 1% of high schools nationally. In 2016, Forbes ranked Manhattan Beach at #74 on its list of America's most expensive zip codes with a median home price of $2,815,327. According to a May 18, 2017 Property Shark study the City of Manhattan Beach 90266 zip code ranked as the 32nd most expensive zip code in the United States. According to a December 2017 Property Shark study the City of Manhattan Beach had the highest median price per square foot for residential properties ($943 per foot) of all 88 cities in L.A. County. Malibu had the second highest median price per foot at $933 per foot and Beverly Hills was third at $839 per foot.
Restaurants in Manhattan Beach

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. 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!

4. 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.

5. 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
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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.

6. Manhattan Beach Pier

The Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 748 reviews

Manhattan Beach Pier

Reviewed By NativeAngelena - United States

Was at the pier one night in September just before sundown. There are signs that state the city law that prohibits smoking in the city and even on the pier. At the far end of the pier was someone smoking. This pier is just a plain pier, with only the little aquarium at the far end. What could've been a nice quiet sunset walk out over the water was spoiled by this inconsiderate smoker.

It was too late to see the aquarium as it has limited hours.

Smokers take note and non-smokers rejoice:
The City of Manhattan Beach only allows smoking in private homes, certain hotel rooms, and in moving cars.
SMOKING IS PROHIBITED in ALL public places and that includes ALL outdoor areas such as outside of buildings, sidewalks, streets, open spaces, the beach, pier etc.
The City of Hermosa Beach, next door to the south, also has a strict ban on public smoking.

7. Redondo Beach Pier

121 W Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277-3615 +1 310-318-0648
Excellent
44%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Redondo Beach Pier

Reviewed By wombatdavid - Tasmania

We had a good walk around the pier and looked at the restaurants and fish shops. It is easy to park here underground.

8. Old Town Music Hall

140 Richmond St, El Segundo, CA 90245-3796 +1 310-322-2592
Excellent
96%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 21 reviews

Old Town Music Hall

Reviewed By DeborahandAndy - Los Angeles, CA

Attended the 2:30pm Saturday matinee of black and white comedy movies- The show opened with a great piano piece by man of many talents (sold snacks and was the projectionist). Then Bill (one of the Bills and co-founder of the Old Town Music Hall) played several pieces on the organ- when the curtains opened- revealed riveting neon lights that outlined the pipes and pieces. A screen came down just behind the organ and information on the current and upcoming programs were shown. Next, a sing along- words of old favorites (e.g., Tea for two) projected on the screen while Bill played and the audience sang. We say three short silent movies (Noah Ark's Jr with Our Gang 1920s and another with a car, and Love em & weep- with Laurel & Hardy before they were a duo) that were accompanied by Bill playing the organ. After a 15 minute intermission we saw the last three short movies that had sound (e.g., a 1930s- Valentine's Day at School with the Little Rascals, The Dentist with WC Fields, and The Chimp with Laurel & Hardy).
Great coffee and delicious fresh macaroons (from Porto's Bakery). A wonderful way to spend 3 hours!

9. Downtown Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA +1 310-379-9901
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Downtown Manhattan Beach

Reviewed By SAHoulwood8284 - Bristol, United Kingdom

Cute beach town with a variety of expensive boutiques and nice cafes. Beach itself is lovely. Parking can be difficult - not many spaces and some are only for 2 hours, which may not be enough for a proper tour. Close to LAX so good place to pass time.

10. R6 Distillery

909 E El Segundo Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245-4110 +1 424-277-1134
Excellent
87%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 15 reviews

R6 Distillery

R6 Distillery crafts hand made spirits from farm to bottle with unfailing attention to detail. Please stop in to visit our 1920's themed speakeasy tasting room!

Reviewed By Hairup - Hawthorne, California

Unique brewery with a "speakeasy" vibe. Very cool! Beautiful wood bar and nice comfy couch and club chairs gives the place an intimate feel. Oh yeah...the beer is great too.

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