Economic turmoil? Mom cut the allowance? Whatever your cause may be, a cheap day in Manhattan Beach has its appeal to almost anyone. So enjoy the fun and sun for under $55!
Start off the morning with a hearty, old-fashioned breakfast from the world famous Kettle. This comfy, diner-style eatery has been a 24/7 staple in the South Bay for several years. Cozy up in your spacious, old-fashioned booth and go for the International Omelet (smoked ham, bacon, sausage, mushroom, tomatoes and cheese) served with a breakfast potatoes, tomatoes or fruit for just $9.75. Add a freshly squeezed orange juice for just $2.50.
After breakfast take a leisurely walk down to the Manhattan Beach Pier. The 928 foot long pier has been a landmark since its dedication on July 5th, 1920. At the very end is the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium. Free to the public, this cozy little aquarium is home to baby sharks, lobsters, eel and different species of fish. Don’t miss the Touch Tank and Shark Tank!
You can also try your hand as a master fisherman, with free fishing off the pier year-round. Most Manhattan Beach anglers aim for the ever popular mackerel or the elusive sea bass.
Next up, experience what true California beach living is like by renting a beach cruiser ($7.00/per hour) from Fun Bunns. Centrally located in downtown Manhattan Beach, Fun Bunns can hook you up with a bike, blades, or board for your beach pleasures.
Rent a bike for a couple of hours, then take off down the Strand and pedal to nearby Hermosa and Redondo Beaches. After exploring the pristine South Bay beaches, start heading back to Manhattan Beach, and grab a patio seat and a bite to eat at Good Stuff in Hermosa Beach. True to the expectations of So Cal, Good Stuff offers your favorite burgers, sandwiches and fries with a beachy twist. Check out the authentic seaside feel with Lifeguard memorabilia and the murals by Malti as you enjoy your Baja Fish Tacos, served in whole wheat tortillas, with black beans and brown rice for $7.50. Add bottled water for hydration for $1.50, and satisfy your sweet tooth with an Oreo cookie shake for $3.50.
Take in more of the laid back Manhattan Beach culture and lifestyle by heading on over to local Polliwog Park. The 18 acre park features a amphitheater, large pond, wildlife refuge, gazebos, rose garden, play areas, little league fields, bar-b-q’s, a 9-hole disc golf course, and the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden. The garden is a beautiful dedication to the intermixing of nature and humanity and can be explored free of charge. Check out the different themed areas including the Bird and Butterfly Habitat, Meditation Garden, Wildflower Meadow, Matilija Poppy Hillside, and the Children’s Garden of Discovery.
After such a mellow afternoon, it might be time to stir up some action with happy hour at the Shark’s Cove. This local-hole-in-the-wall dive bar not only features wall upon wall of plasma televisions, they also offer happy hour $3.00 drafts, wells, and house wines as well as food specials.
After a friendly cocktail (or two) stroll over to dinner at one of the oldest landmarks in Manhattan Beach, Ercole’s. This centrally located downtown bar and restaurant has been in business since 1927 and feature what some people call "The absolute best burger in LA" and "very reasonable prices ". Have a feast with an Erc’s Burger for $4.75, which is rumored to get its delectable meat from the fancy butcher shop next door. Add an ice cold domestic draft for just $3.00 or a full pitcher for $8.00 before 6pm. Weekly dinner specials have been touted by locals and tourists alike to be some of the best grub in California.
As your day comes to a close, the total cost of your Manhattan Beach Day a mere
What & Where:
The Kettle (1138 Highland Ave; 310-545-8511)
Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium (2 Manhattan Ave; 310) 379-8117)
Saturday & Sunday hours 10am-sunset, weekday hours 3pm-sunset
Fun Bunns (1116 Manhattan Beach Blvd; 310-372-8500)
Good Stuff (1286 The Strand, Hermosa Beach; 310-374-2334)
Polliwog Park (corner of Redondo Ave. and Manhattan Beach Blvd)
The Shark’s Cove (309 Manhattan Beach Blvd; 310-545-2683)
Ercole’s (1101 Manhattan Ave. 310-372-1997)
Editors Note: Above prices were correct when published in June of 2008. Please be aware that prices will most likely change over time. And if so, feel free to email us and we will update the article accordingly!
Kimberly Fisher is a freelance writer based in Beverly Hills, CA.
She specializes in luxury travel, lifestyle, beauty and fashion. With extensive travel experience visiting some of the worlds most sought-after destinations, Kimberly is truly a connoisseur globetrotter. She has traveled to over 39 countries and almost every US state. Her work has appeared in various English print and online media, including ehow.com,”Disarray” Magazine, “NiteGuide” Magazine, “Ocean View” magazine, “ReLiving” magazine and 52PerfectDays.com. She attended University of Nevada Las Vegas and Mt. St. Mary’s College.
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