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Top 10 Things To Do

From the Pier to the Promenade...

The Top 10 Things to Do in Manhattan Beach, CA

This stylish, sun-kissed area leaves little to be desired. Add our favorite things to do near Manhattan Beach and you’ll never run out of fun during your stay at The Belamar Hotel.

Use our Top 10 Guide to locate the best Manhattan Beach attractions and activities nearby!

1. Manhattan Beach Pier

It started as a small beach resort, and then became a lively place - entertaining locals and tourists alike. It is a favorite Manhattan Beach attraction and a must-see for all visitors, complete with its own Roundhouse Aquarium.

2. Downtown Manhattan Beach

Beach town culture meets urban refinement in Downtown Manhattan Beach. Diverse shops and restaurants pepper Highland Avenue between Manhattan Beach Boulevard and 15th Street. Browse through distinctive shops and familiarize yourself with The Strand, which runs from Hermosa Beach to Manhattan Beach, a great route for biking and rollerblading.

3. The Strand

The Strand runs from Hermosa Beach to Manhattan Beach and is a great route for biking and rollerblading. Lined with shops and ocean views, it is an exciting place to get outside and enjoy the California sunshine in style.

4. LA Live

Spread over six city blocks, LA Live features the Microsoft Theatre, the STAPLES Center, home of the Lakers and the Clippers, and the Los Angeles Convention Center. A vibrant site for entertainment, LA Live is also home to a dozen fashionable restaurants and cafes, two vast nightclubs, the GRAMMY Museum, a bowling center, and ESPN's West Coast broadcast headquarters.

5. Home Depot Center

Located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA, the Home Depot Center is a multiple-use sports complex. It can be found approximately 10 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles and can facilitate 27,000 people, making it the largest soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer.

6. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

The Crown Jewel of the South Bay arts scene is the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. With its new daring, modern Grand Lobby, featuring a black Indian slate exterior, a granite water feature and a 21-feet high cherry ceiling, the 1,457-seat theatre is home to three prominent and lauded presenters: the Distinguished Speaker Series, the Los Angeles Ballet and Kala Koa Entertainment.

7. Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica pier is a popular 3.5-mile beach that is cleaned and raked daily. The area features the Looff Hippodrome (a National Historic Landmark), a 1920's carousel, a 9-story solar-powered Ferris wheel, and a 5-story roller coaster. Keep an eye out for dolphins that can often be sighted playing in the water nearby.

8. Santa Monica Promenade

The Third Street Promenade is blocked off to traffic so pedestrians can walk the streets and enjoy the sunshine, movies, and restaurants. There are never-ending upscale boutiques and chic sidewalk cafes while various street performers entertain the ambling crowds. In addition to shopping and dining, the Promenade hosts a growing number of cute bookshops, antique stores, and distinctive memorabilia shops.

9. Universal Studios

With spine-tingling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and some of Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants, and cinemas at CityWalk, Universal Studios Hollywood is a distinctive experience for everyone. Take a Studio Tour to discover where Hollywood movies are made, experience the all new King Kong 360 3D, and enjoy exhilarating rides, shows, and attractions all at Universal Studios.

10. The Grove

For shopping, dining, and entertainment, the Grove is an ideal destination. From popular boutiques and restaurants to choreographed fountains, free live concerts in the park, and the famous Farmers Market, there is a lot on offer at The Grove. Explore designer fashions and more.

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