Redondo Beach Pier
The Pier at Redondo Beach is a nice long stroll with plenty of places to dine (from cheap to expensive, snacks to full meals), many shops to pick up souvenirs, fine jewelry, or Redondo Beach shirts or sweaters. Fishing is allowed on this pier. The Fun Zone arcade is located on the pier in the International Boardwalk with video games and carnival games to play. Boat Rides to cruise around the harbor are available at the dock adjacent to the pier and there are places to rent boats, kayaks, or Stand Up Paddleboards.
Parking is widely available in many lots off of Catalina Avenue. Just Park and Pay at the Pay Station. The stations take cash, credit cards, or debit cards. Just follow the instructions, select the amount of time that you want (up to $10.50 for an all day spot, or $2 per hour if less time), print your receipt, and enter your mobile phone number - which is optional, but a great idea since the Redondo Beach parking system will automatically send a Text to your phone about 30 minutes before your parking time will expire! If you need to add more time, just get to a Pay Station and Add More Time or if you entered your cell phone number at the end of the purchase, the text message prior to time expiring has a link and will let you add more parking time from your phone. No need to put a Pass on your dashboard, this sophisticated system already knows that you have paid for the time in the spot.
Pier Dining - There are plenty of dining options on the pier from inexpensive cafes to pricey restaurants. Tony's on the Pier is one of oldest restaurants on the Redondo Pier (since 1952) and has dinners priced at just under $20, but you do get your choice of chowder or soup and a side to your entree and a great view of the ocean and scenery from the pier. El Torito is also on the pier with a great Sunday brunch with great scenic views, too. For food that is a bit cheaper, try Charlie's Place for tacos, hamburgers, fries, grilled shrimp skewers, fish and chips, a seafood combo, or funnel cakes. There is also Hot Dog on a Stick or the Portside Cafe (also formerly known as the Four Kitchens) where you can get cheap eats and eat outside on the pier with its beautiful views, ocean air and scenery.
Pier Fun & Games - The Pier has an arcade with all sorts of games like Ms. Pacman, skeeball, basketball, horse racing, and more. You can redeem tickets from certain games to exchange for prizes - the kind of prizes that you would get at any carnival or County Fair - think giant, oversized stuffed animals, cheesy pirate eye patches, and the like - fun prizes! Inside of the Fun Factory, there are also quarter machines (those machines where you pop in a quarterand try to get a mechanical arm to push a whole tray of quarters out), Dance Machine games, mini carousel, and stationary coin operated horses to ride, and a Tilt-A-Whirl ride. The Fun Factory is located on International Boardwalk on the Redondo Pier. It is great fun for kids and older "kids at heart".
Pier Educational Fun Activities - There is a large tank at Shark Attack on the Pier where you can meet a 16 1/2 foot Great White Shark named Georgette and purchase shells or shark toothed jewelry or other novelties. There is a Looking Glass Bottom Boat that you can take a trip on and get a great view of the local sea life under the ocean waves. If you want to rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or pedal boat these items are also available next to the Glass Bottom Boat\Submarine.
Pier Fishing - Sport Fishing from the pier without a fishing license is permitted by the California Dept of Fish and Game. Typical fish caught at the Redondo Pier include halibut, Pacific mackerel, sardines, bonito, yellowtail. Uncommon catches are hake, sablefish, sanddabs, sharks, guitarfish, and bat rays. Check out this great resource: pierfishing.com for more info about Redondo Pier fishing bait info with detailed facts related to fishing here and at other piers in LA County.