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Taking my son on a small vacation, not sure which beach tho

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Taking my son on a small vacation, not sure which beach tho

I have heard wonderful things about Santa Monica, Hunnington beach and Redondo Beach but I need to know which will be the best to take my 3 year old to. We are flying into LA and I have been to Santa Monica and know he would love the pier and ferris wheel they have, but I have not been to any other beaches. Do the others have more things for him to do or is Santa Monica a good choice? I wont be renting a car so shot Cab rides or within walking distance of the beach is preferred!

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1. Re: Taking my son on a small vacation, not sure which beach tho

If you don't want to do Santa Monica again I'd look to Manhattan or Hermosa Beaches. Lots of shops and restaurants near both but not really as much kid-oriented stuff - hard to beat the amusement park on the pier in SM for that.

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2. Re: Taking my son on a small vacation, not sure which beach tho

Manhattan Beach is a great family beach with lots of kid oriented stuff. it's a 3 mile cab ride from LAX. The clean white sand beach is the same along Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo.

At the end of the beautiful MB Pier is a hands on Marine Lab Roundhouse, where young kids can touch seahorses, starfishes, etc. Lots of sea life in the aquariumns.


Kids love Adventureplex Play Structure, in MB, lots of climbing, tunnels and slides. Snack bar on property.


Polliwog Park on MB Blvd. is fun with a lake to feed the ducks, play equipment, and lots of paths to run around on.


Under the Sea, is an Indoor play area:


MB Botanical Garden, wander the paths featuring native CA plants.


Seaside Lagoon


Manhattan Beach, video of activities, outdoor cafes, farmer's market:


Sea View Inn kitchens, just up from the beach:


3. Re: Taking my son on a small vacation, not sure which beach tho

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