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Things to do during the day

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Things to do during the day

I am coming in this Thursday night and will have Friday to myself while my husband is working. We are staying at a private home near the beach that I understand is about a 15 minute walk to the downtown area. I won't have access to a car that day. Any suggestions for things to do during the day by myself that I can walk to?

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Things to do during the day

Manhattan Beach is a quiet 'beach town' so the biggest attraction is the beach. You can walk along the beach (there's a path) or rent a bicycle and ride along an adjacent path (just for bikes). This path connects to a number of adjacent beach communities that are all a little different from one another so if you don't mind the exercise, it's a nice way to get some sun, breath in some ocean air and do a little exploring.

In addition to riding and walking (of course), there are buses that cover the city of Manhattan Beach and venture into other cities as well (including L.A.) So, you're not confined to Manhattan Beach but depending on the amount of time you're willing to spend on a bus, you might not venture that far from 'home'. If shopping is your thing, you can check out the downtown area of Manhattan Beach (it is adjacent to the Manhattan Beach Pier which is at the very western end of Manhattan Beach Bl). So, for example, you could walk to the beach from wherever you're staying, then aim for the Pier (which is visible from most parts of the beach) and when you reach it, reward yourself with a nice meal and some local shopping.

If you want more "big store" shopping, there is a shopping mall 1 mile inland from the beach called the Manhattan Village Mall (google it). It's a medium-size outdoor mall with lots of dining options as well.

There are buses and a free shuttle called the Ocean Express which connects the mall with the pier and some other stops just outside of LAX. Shuttle info is at:

gatewaytola.org/pdf/…27

Local bus info is available at METRO.NET From metro.net's home page, enter your starting and ending points at the right side of the page and the site will respond with various bus or metro rail routes.

Have fun!

Manhattan Beach...
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2. Re: Things to do during the day

The Pier is located in the center of Manhattan Beach, around 12th Street.

A couple blocks up is The Kettle Restaurant, a nice place for lunch. They have counter service, too.

http://thekettle.net/menu.aspx

There is a Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the pier and the views from there are nice of the surfers, bike riders and walkers.

http://www.roundhouseaquarium.org/

There is a Macy's inside the Manhattan Village Mall, a movie theater and many restaurants. If you shop too much there are taxi's outside the mall to take you back to your house.

http://www.shopmanhattanvillage.com/

If you want to rent a bike or skates, Fun Bunns is located near the pier.

310 372-8500

If you'd like a facial or massage, my favorite spa is Trilogy on MB Blvd.

http://www.trilogyspa.com/

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