When people ask me where I live I tell them: San Pedro. Sometimes I observe the looks, sometimes I’m asked further questions, and sometimes the conversation ends there.
When I think about the town I reside in, I think back that this small little California town does have a lot to offer, and I am fortunate for what is brought to this area. I now what to share some of my favorites with you: These are places I’d recommend visiting during the day or for a visit to San Pedro just for the day.
1) Ports of Call Village
The Ports of Call Village is located right off the Port of Los Angeles. A place that has a lot of family owned seafood restaurants where you can pick out the catch of the day, and eat in a family style dining area while you watch the boats float on by. You can go out on a boat cruise, or just watch the fisherman at work.
They also have ice cream shops, and cute little shops throughout the little area. I have been known to buy a few of my cute dresses here from time to time.
2) San Pedro Fountain Show
Every night from the hours of 8pm to 9pm, there is a lighted fountain show that goes off with music. It is pretty fun to see. This fountain show also goes off every half hour on the hour throughout the day with another full hour show between the hours of Noon to 1pm. During the summer, the kids like to fun in between the fountains to play amongst the water. For a photographer, it’s pretty fun to capture especially at night.
3) CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles
An old warehouse building that was redesigned to be taken over by Los Angeles local artistans. From CakeBar LA to The Donut Snob to scrap booking supplies to smelly lotions to succelent plants to pretty jewelry. CRAFTED, which opened up at the end of June has something for everyone. It is only in phase one right now which includes about 100 different craft vendors. Phase 2 will bring in another 100 different craft vendors, and every 3 months it will continue to expand.
4) Pacific Trolley Car
Every weekend you have the opportunity to ride the old trolley car along the Harbor Boulevard of San Pedro. Hop on the trolley from the Ports of Call Villages and head down to the fountain to catch the water show. Or ride it all the way down to 22nd Street where you can cross the street and check out CRAFTED, for only 1 dollar enjoy a bit of the past.
5) Korean Friendship Bell
Drive along Gaffey Street to the end and you will run across the Korean Friendship Bell which sits atop a hill that overlooks the beautiful ocean below. As you capture the amazement of this wonderful gift from our friendship city, stay awhile to capture one of the beautiful ocean sunsets.
6) First Thursdays
The first Thursday of the month, Downtown San Pedro comes alive as their artwalk comes into play. All the galleries along 6th and 7th streets in Downtown San Pedro open their doors to the crowds as we take in the beautiful artwork from the surrounding artists. The galleries have only grown within the past year. It is our evening of art and the food trucks come align the adorning streets.
7) Battleship Iowa
This battleship which resided in San Francisco has finally arrived in San Pedro. Opening weekend was on Saturday, July 7th. For 18 dollars, you can hop aboard the Battleship and see for yourself what it’s all about. It will be open for a limited time before they close it down to do further work on what it will become ;0
8) Farmer’s Market
Every Friday morning from 9am to 2pm, 6th Street in Downtown San Pedro is closed off for their Farmer’s Market. They have great vendors that come out and adorn the streets. It is worth the trip to check out on a Friday morning.
Along with the activities above there are a few annual festivities the community of San Pedro does:
*Fort MacArthur Days* Which happens the first weekend in July
*Shakespeare in the Park* Which happens every night Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Point Fermin park.
*Taste of San Pedro* An annual event that occurs in August.
*Lobster Festival* Yes, San Pedro does their very own Lobster Festival
*Cars and Stripes* The last weekend in June which brings in old fashion cars with the night ending in fireworks
And some other community events that happen throughout the year.
San Pedro is just a hop, skip, and jump away from Long Beach which also offers a plethora of activities throughout the year, and right around the corner from Palos Verdes with some pretty amazing hiking spots, and great views for those beautiful sunsets. It really is a great place to reside.