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Best place in town for a casual, but lively, dining experience. Great pub food, best pint of Guiness around, great wait staff. My favourite spot.
Great sushi and fish selections - perfect spot for dinner. Book a table or come early - it gets busy. You can eat in the bar in back without any reservations which is also nice.
Perfect breakfast spot - always popular with locals. Good outdoor patio area. Located on PCH and 12th in old school house building. Pancakes, eggs benedicts etc all very fresh and satisfying.
While Walt's Wharf typically has a long wait (no reservations) and publicizes its Zagat rating, its not 'fine dining'. The food is of a reasonable quality and fairly priced. the upstairs seating decor is a little out of date now. Heading just outside the boarder of Seal Beach to McKenna's on the Bay (Alamitos Bay) is a better choice.
Walking distance from Main Street, and just over the bridge into Alamitos Bay, this is a great dinner spot. No where in Seal Beach has a view of boats etc like this place. You are right on the water, great bar drinks, very good food - would well recommend this over Walt's Wharf.
A great place to go for a walk away from the beach - and only a short drive outside Seal Beach city limits. While you will pay $5 to park the car, the walks range from short to 2 miles in length and go through a varied habitat of forest, lakes and meadow. Lots of wildlife and pond life. Great for adults and kids. If you are really courageous, you can ride your bikes 5 miles up the Santa Ana river bike path (just cross over the steel bridge when you get to it, and its about 1/2 mile further up.
Pick up a rod at the fishing store on the corner of PCH and Seal Beach Blvd (they have bait/tackle etc also), and go to the pier at the end of Main Street. Use worms close to shore and anchovies near the end of the pier as bait. The kids will love it - I do catch and release - a great simple family thing to do.
On Main Street buy a kite at the Up Up and Away Kite store. Then walk down to the beach and fly a kite. Simple pleasures in life are too often ignored.
Our family has used this surf school several times - run by locals you meet in the parking lot next to the pier. Anyone who has never surfed before will probably be standing and riding waves by the end of one session - they use long boards with a lot of stability. Book in advance! Great fun for young or old, big or small.
While I have never stayed here, this really is the only local hotel that is in the Old Town district (where everything is and happens). The older & small Seal Beach Hotel that may show up in some searches is closed and being turned into houses. Just avoid eating at the Yucatan restaurant across the street - basically heated canned food - not good, not fresh, not original.
An absolute must! When the evening is winding down, or on your Sunday afternoon before you leave, take in a classic or new release movie at the Bay Theatre on Main Street. This is a true survivor - an original movie house. Important: The movies start on time. There are no ads or previews. If it says 6pm, it starts at 6pm. A great experience to relive old movies when they are showing. Different movies play all the time.
Open only periodically since its on a military base, this refuge is home to endangered bird species. When open, its well worth a visit and walk around. Call the contact number on the web link for open hours. Usually at least one Saturday a month. They even have eco-tours where you help clean out invasive habitat. Great place for nature lovers and birders.
This memorial located on Seal Beach Blvd adjacent to the Naval Weapons Station honors those who died on submarines in WW II. Special events occur here on Veterans day and a few other holidays.