MORE TO DO
The Roundhouse Aquarium, at the end of the pier, is open every day (weather permitting). Stop by for free, or make a donation, to see and touch a small collection of marine life. Manhattan Beach Pier. 1-310-379-8117; roundhouseaquarium.org.
To imagine what early settlers saw when they first arrived in Manhattan Beach, visit Sand Dune Park to gaze up at the 100-foot-tall dune before climbing it—kids can bring a piece of cardboard for “sledding.” Online reservations are required for adults. 33rd Street and Bell Avenue. 1-310-802-5448; citymb.info.
MORE PLACES TO SHOP
The Strand is a pedestrian-only road that separates the sand from beachfront properties. Walk, bike, or skate on its smooth concrete surface all the way north to Santa Monica or south to Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach. Named for the ceramics plant that once stood on the site for much of the 20th century, Metlox Plaza is an open-air shopping center and restaurant hub set a few blocks from the pier. Bring the kids to play in the courtyard fountain and grass. 451 Manhattan Beach Boulevard. 1-626-535-0318; metloxmb.com.
MORE SPOTS TO EAT
A casual brunch at MB Post includes an ocean breeze and a revolving menu of farm-to-table fare. Before deciding on a main dish, peck at a colorful charcuterie board of selected meats and cheeses from around the world. 1142 Manhattan Avenue. 1-310-545-5405; eatmbpost.com.
Start with the ma la beef tartare and imperial rolls before digging into the salt-and-pepper lobster served with butter-fried shallots at Little Sister. 1131 Manhattan Avenue. 1-310-545-2096; littlesistermb.com.
PHOTOS: DAVID RICKS