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An art faire, Christmas parade, summer concerts on the green and 4th of July celebrations are a few annual events of special interest. Fishing is permitted from the pier and at the end, Ruby's diner offers sandwiches, salads and forever views.
Visit the Red Car Museum on the old Pacific Electric Right of Way. Car No. 1734 is a rare Pacific Electric tower car built in 1925 which serves as the museum headquarters. It was once a roving machine shop sent out to troubleshoot problems along the 40-mile Pacific Electric LA-Newport Line. A center tower was used for repairs and maintenance on the overhead lines. It operated for almost 50 years until 1950. The museum displays photographs of early Seal Beach, sea shells and Indian artifacts collected locally. It also has reference library of local history with detailed regional maps. Open the second and fourth Saturdays from Noon to 3 p.m., the museum provides the most comprehensive look into the history of Seal Beach. Donations are accepted. Call: (562) 683-1874.
Location: Electric Avenue near Main St., next to Mary Wilson Library.
Seal Beach offers two strikingly different experiences. The quaint beach town to the west of Pacific Coast Highway is of greatest interest to tourists. East of PCH is tract housing, the gated Leisure World retirement community, shopping, freeways and high-tech space and defense facilities, such as Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station and Boeing. The space and defense industries attract many visitors to the region who also love to play "tourist" when not working on assignment or contract.
Back to the Beach - Gerry Kirk travels the world building sand castles. In fact, his team is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for a 64-foot (19-meter) structure built on Fiesta Island in San Diego.
Kirk's pick for best castle-building beach is Seal Beach. Outside the United States, his pick is Cabo Pulmo, on the tip of Baja California. Kirk said, "You need something that will take compaction. You can pack it up and it'll hold its shape. That requires a good mix of grain size without getting too large a grain. Color also is important for contrast when you are carving windows in your sand castle. If it's a lighter colored sand, you get a nice contrast. Seal Beach is dark sand but when it dries out it's light enough to make really good contrast."
Located at the mouth of Alamitos Bay, Seal Beach provides access for boats and yachts entering the Pacific Ocean from Huntington Harbor. It is known as a great location for windsurfing and even has a kitesurfing launch area near the River's End Cafe.