Located in Los Angeles County in California, Redondo Beach is one of the area’s best-kept secrets. After you and your family have settled into your Redondo Beach vacation rental, enjoy a quiet walk along the beach and boardwalk. Spend the afternoon fishing and boating at the marina, or rent bikes and explore downtown. This quiet seaside town offers plenty of spots for shopping and dining. Moreover, depending on what time of the year you plan your family getaway, there are plenty of festivals to enjoy throughout the year, including the Annual Kite Festival in February, and the Christmas Boat Parade in December. Check out the most popular activities to do in and around Redondo Beach.

1. Take a Ride on a Looking-glass Boat

Hop aboard a semi-submersible underwater viewing boat with the family and check out what goes on underfoot in the Pacific. The Looking Glass Bottom Boat is a 19-passenger vessel moored at the Redondo Beach Pier. On board, you and the kids can see a variety of sea life including small rays, calico bass, and opal eyes. For a rare treat, sometimes even sea lions come along to greet you. Sign up for a private 1-hour tour or join in on a public tour for a larger experience.

2. Explore the Sea Lab Touch Tanks

The Sea Lab is a kid-friendly marine education center located on North Harbor Drive. It offers a variety of hands-on exhibits, including a tide-pool tank, a native-plant nursery, and several different touch tanks to explore. There are both indoor and outdoor tanks, and the friendly staff is always on hand to answer questions and offer tidbits of information on the residents of the tanks.

3. Fish From the Redondo Beach Pier

The Redondo Pier is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. This landmark pier offers plenty of room for fishing for bass and striper, and there is a unique gift shop that offers souvenirs of your stay. Kids may enjoy the arcade, or take a spin on the tilt-a-whirl. Before heading back to your vacation rental, take time to stop in one of the restaurants for a bite to eat.

4. Play Games at the Fun Factory

The Redondo Beach Fun Factory is one of the largest indoor family fun centers on the west coast. Here you will find a large arcade that allows you to trade tickets for prizes. Games include nostalgic penny arcade games as well as all of the most popular current titles. Little kids can take a spin on the Redondo marine-themed carousel, and then the family can grab an ice cream cone to cool off.

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5. Go Whale Watching

Whether you choose to watch from the pier or sign up for a Nature Cruise for a view from the water, whale-watching is a popular activity in Redondo Beach. Reserve your spot on the Voyager Whale Watch and Nature Cruise Boat to choose from a shorter 45-minute nature cruise or longer, 2 hour-plus adventure where you may spot dolphins and sea lions.

6. Create Art at the Color Me Mine

Color Me Mine is the perfect place for art lovers of all ages. Pick out your favorite ceramics and paint them in your desired colors. Once complete, your unique artwork is fired in a kiln to bake the paint, letting you take home a personalized memento of your trip.

7. Charter a Sailboat

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to sail, Redondo Beach is the perfect place to start. Rent a boat from the Redondo Beach Boat Rental and head out on the waters of the Pacific. If the whole family is new to sailing, sign up with a knowledgeable staff member who can guide you every step of the way. Another option lets you choose from adult and youth day program to help you get your sea legs.

8. Take Your Dog to the Dog Park

If you’ve traveled to your vacation rental with your dog, give him a chance to run and play at the Redondo Beach Dog Park. This fenced-in three-acre park has separate run areas for large and small dogs, and there are plenty of benches for owners to sit and enjoy the fun. If you and your pet get thirsty, there are several water fountains for both dogs and their humans.

9. Go Horseback Riding

Explore the panoramic views of Redondo Beach from the back of a horse. Saddle up and mosey over to the Wagon Wheel Ranch where you get to explore the trails with the family. The ranch has horses for people of all skill levels, and the staff is super-friendly and knowledgeable about the area.

10. Rent Pedal Boats

Enjoy the water together as a family and explore the notion of teamwork in a pedal boat. Rent a boat at the Redondo Beach Marina and explore the shoreline. Experience a variety of sea life on your trip, and if you are lucky, catch a glimpse of sea lions and dolphins while you pedal.

11. Learn to Surf

Redondo Beach offers excellent waves for both new and advanced surfers. Sign up for lessons at the pier with professional instructors. Youngsters as young as four years old can learn about water safety and how to stay on the board, while older and experienced riders can hone their skills and learn new tricks.

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