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Located on the southern end of California, San Pedro describes itself as a “Whale of a Town.” Part of the reason may be its proximity to the ocean, where you may be able to view these magnificent creatures. Whether you would like to explore the water or just want to be nearby the water, you’ll find plenty of fun (and inexpensive) things to do in San Pedro with family.
The Point Fermin Lighthouse was built in 1874. Its Stick Style Victorian architecture is apparent in its gabled roofs, horizontal siding, decorative cross beams, and hand-carved porch railings. A showpiece of its time, the original light in the dome was a 2100 candlepower light with a Fresnel lens. The dome was updated, replaced, and finally put out for use, during WWII when coasts were kept dark to prevent enemy attacks. In 1974, the cupola was rebuilt back to original specifications, and the lighthouse was opened to the public as a museum.
Fort MacArthur in San Pedro was a US Army post that guarded the Los Angeles Harbor from 1914 to 1974. The Fort MacArthur Museum is located in the historic Battery Osgood-Farley at Angeles Gate Park, formerly the Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur. The Battery was constructed between 1914 and 1919 and housed two 14-inch disappearing guns named respectively Osgood and Farley. Exhibits in the museum trace the role of the Army in defending the coast from invasion during the World Wars to modern missile defenses.
Originally organized into three campuses, the Upper, Middle and Lower Reservations, only the Middle Reservation is still in use by the US military. Transferred to the Air Force in 1982, it is still used as a housing and administrative facility for the Los Angeles Air Force Base.
The Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro was a gift to Los Angeles from the people of the Republic of Korea on the occasion of 200th birthday celebration of The USA in 1976. Patterned after the Bronze Bell of King Seongdeok from 771 AD, the Friendship Bell honors US veterans of the Korean War. Suspended from a specially designed pagoda built by Korean craftsmen on a hill above Pt. Fermin Lighthouse in Angel’s Gate Park, the 17-ton bell is 12 feet tall and 7 1/2 feet in diameter. The bell has no clapper inside. It is rung by striking it from the outside with a log that swings from cables. The bell is rung four times a year, on New Year’s Eve, July 4th, Korean Independence Day (August 15) and during the Constitution Week in September.
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks in a Frank Gehry-designed complex near Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. The Aquarium showcases the Southern California sea life in hands-on, family-friendly exhibits, including a crawl-under aquarium and a Mud Walk through tunnel. The admission is free, but donations are encouraged. During the grunion season, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium hosts several evenings of educational presentations followed by a visit to the beach to watch the grunion run.
A visit to San Pedro wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Battleship IOWA. This battleship is in fact an interactive naval museum. Visitors will get a sense of what life was like for our country’s sailors. Known as the “Battleship of Presidents,” the IOWA served for over 50 years.
The nearest major airport is Long Beach Airport (LGB / KLGB). This airport has domestic flights from Long Beach, California and is 18 miles from the center of San Pedro, CA.
Another major airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX / KLAX), which has both international and domestic flights from Los Angeles, California and is 20 miles from San Pedro, CA.
John Wayne Airport (SNA / KSNA) has international and domestic flights from Santa Ana, California and is 39 miles from San Pedro, CA.
Bob Hope Airport (BUR / KBUR) has domestic flights from Burbank, California and is 39 miles from San Pedro, CA.
LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT / KONT) has international and domestic flights from Ontario, California and is 61 miles from San Pedro, CA.
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Driving isn’t really an option in San Pedro as there are not many vehicle options in this town. If you prefer not to walk, Russell’s Charter Bus Service and Limousine can take you from the origin to the destination, ensuring hassle-free travel in the San Pedro city.
Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum, Fort MacArthur Museum, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium