Located at the southern point of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, between Manhattan Beach and Long Beach, is San Pedro, home to the busiest port in the country: the Port of Los Angeles. Also known as America’s Port, this gateway with unmistakable nautical tones is much more than a transportation hub.
First off, take in the coast by way of the free San Pedro Downtown Trolley, which makes exploring simple. Popular destinations along the route include the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, showcasing hundreds of nautical vessels, the mile-long Cabrillo Beach, and the Frank Gehry–designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
San Pedro’s own First Thursday Art Walk in the downtown arts district features more than 40 open galleries and studios, dozens of restaurants, and a variety of live music. Shoppers will delight at Crafted, a permanent craft marketplace located within a 1940s Port of Los Angeles warehouse, featuring wares by more than 100 independent artists and artisans. There are also special events and daily food-truck offerings. A major, non-nautical draw to San Pedro is the Korean Bell of Friendship, located in Angels Gate Park.
- San Pedro is home to the largest Italian-American community in Southern California, centered on the "Via Italia" (South Cabrillo Avenue). Estimates state that the community numbers about 45,000 Italian-Americans. San Pedro is also considered the heart of the Croatian and Norwegian communities in Los Angeles.
POINTS OF INTERESTS
- American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial
- Angel’s Gate Recreation Center
- Averill Park
- Banning Museum
- Bogdanovich Recreation Center
- Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
- Danish Castle
- Dodson House
- Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
- Peck House
- Fort MacArthur Military Museum
- Point Fermin Lighthouse
- South Coast Botanic Garden
- Warner Grand Theatre
- Sportswalk to the Waterfront
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