Seal Beach Municipal Pier: An Adventure for the Whole Family

Seal Beach Municipal Pier

Serving as the main attraction of the Orange County town known as Seal Beach, Seal Beach Municipal Pier is a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. Surfers come daily to ride the waves, while tourists come to walk along the pier and enjoy the stellar sights. As one of the longest public piers in California, the pier ends square in the middle of the water that makes up Seal Beach.

History of Seal Beach Municipal Pier

Though a consistently popular focal point of Orange County today, Seal Beach Municipal Pier has experienced a number of setbacks and disasters over the course of a century.

In 1939, during its infancy, the pier was rocked by a hurricane. The vicious winds and huge swelling waves cut the pier clean in half. The pier again succumbed to a massive storm in 1983.

The crest of the incredible waves caused by the gale lifted the pier 1,1140 off its foundation pilings.

Considered an integral part of the identity of Orange County and Seal Beach itself, locals took action. Through private donations, the pier was restored to its full wooden glory. After the major renovations, however, disaster struck again twice in 1992 and again in 1994 by way of fire.

Each time, locals fund raised to save and restore the pier. Fully intact, the pier stands today as a beacon of Orange County Pride.

Things to Do When Visiting the Pier

Whether you are just visiting or are a local, there is something for everyone to do when visiting Seal Beach Municipal Pier.

Seal Beach Municipal Pier Playground

Along the beach and just below the pier, you and your family can enjoy the seal-themed

playground. Adults and children alike can build sand sculptures from the mounds of sand or play on the quirky slides and swings. At the base of the pier just beyond the playground, a statue of the Seal Beach mascot, Slick the Seal, can be found. Slick is a fantastic photo-op and a delight for all ages.

Fishing on the Seal Beach Municipal Pier

Seal Beach Municipal Pier is one of the most popular piers for fishing. Because this is a public pier, a fishing license isn’t required, but there are regulations on the size and type of fish you may keep.

While you cannot purchase bait and tackle from a shop on the pier, there are several places

nearby where you can buy the bait you need. Across the street, Seal Beach Liquor Store sells bait. If you are in need of more supplies, there is a fishing store a mile out on the Pacific Coast Highway that sells fishing gear like rods, tackle gear, reels, and bait.

On the Seal Beach Pier, you can expect to catch stingrays, small sharks, halibut, corbinia, and a variety of seasonal fish.

For those interested, a yearly children’s fishing derby is hosted on the Seal Beach Pier. The kids are taught the basics of fishing: baiting their lines, casting a line from the pier, and the mechanics of catching and reeling in a fish.

Dining on the Seal Beach Municipal Pier

Though the Ruby’s Diner that once stood at the end of the pier is no longer, the surrounding town of Seal Beach offers a wide variety of dining opportunities. The most notable restaurant to visit is the award-winning Walt’s Wharf. If you are looking for just a quick bit or are in the mood for other options, however, do not fret. There are several restaurants in the surrounding area that will do the trick.

Alamitos Bay Marina: The Pride of Long Beach

Alamitos Bay Marina

Long Beach Marina has been long considered to be one of the greatest marinas in California, if not the entire country. Breaking ground in the 1950’s the Alamitos Bay Marina was the very first marina in Long Beach. Having close to 2,000 slips, it is the biggest of the three city owned marinas in Long Beach. In fact, it is so massive, it harbors another smaller marina---Crissman’s Marina---inside of it. The Alamitos Bay Marina serves as host to the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, a shipyard, a farmer’s market, and a crafts fair.

Slip Rates

Purchase of an annual slip at this Long Beach marina includes:

● All amenities

● Free Wi-fi

● Secure parking lot

● 24-hour surveillance

● Pool access/gym access

● Shower and laundry facilities

Wooden fixed pier slip rate: $80 per foot annually

Dockage spaces have enough room to house over 300 boats up to 100 foot long. The fueling dock can be used to safely fuel jet skis and smaller watercraft. Provides refueling service for both gas and diesel powered boats and craft.

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

Noted around the world for training fantastic racers and hosting great races, The Alamitos Bay Yacht Club is home to generations of sailing families. In 1924, the ABYC was founded by a group of twelve local sailors and boat makers.

This prestigious club was the first of its kind in the US to earn the coveted St. Petersburg Yacht

Club Trophy. Due to their hosting of the 1968 Snipe Nations and the 1981 Snipe Worlds, they were the first club to receive the award a second time.

The ABYC hosted the Clifford Day Mallory Cup in 1976 and the Snip Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship in 2002. Aside from these big name championships, the ABYC also hosted several world championships.

These names include:

● The Tornado World Championships (1977 and 1993)

● Snipe Worlds Championship (1981)

● ISAF World Women’s Sailing Championship (1991)

● The Finn Gold Cup (1974)

● The International A-class catamaran World Championship (1997)

● The International 14 Fleet Racing World Championships (1979 and 2006)

● Melges 24 World Championships in (1999)

Marina Farmer’s Market

If you are interested in organic produce fresh from the source, you are in luck. Long Beach is stuffed with a number of fantastic farmers markets where you can find everything you need for the week ahead.

Nestled in the Alamitos Bay Marina parking lot, this farmers market is hosted weekly, and is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday. This market offers a large variety of produce grown from local vendors. You can also find fresh herbs, fruit, bakery items, flowers, cheese and honey from the best vendors in Long Beach. Despite current rumors, it is still operational.

This market opens each Sunday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Arts and Crafts Fair

Once you are done shopping for goods at the Farmers Market, head down to the Arts and

Crafts Fair. With the same opening hours and an adjacent location, The Alamitos Bay Marina Arts and Crafts Fair has been a weekly event for years. As you shop, you will notice multiple booths with art, high end crafts and unique specialty items.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, you are in luck. The Marina Arts and Crafts Fair is looking for artists and vendors that specialize in higher end and unique items. This community show is considered to have an eclectic beach theme, so if your work fits this description, consider applying. On their website that can be found here , a vendor application can be printed and filled out.

Seal Beach: A Hidden Oceanside Gem

Seal Beach, CA

A small beachside town between the more populated cities of Long Beach and Huntington Beach, the city of Seal Beach is a charming getaway for locals and tourists alike. This sleepy hamlet was once known as “Bay City”, but its name was later changed due a city in Northern California already owning the title. The town instead earned the name Seal Beach after the seals that once roamed the beach. Though once known as “Sin City”, today, people come to visit or call it home for the wholesome, family friendly appeal.

 

 

Popular Attractions in Seal Beach

 

Serving as the main attraction, the Seal Beach Pier is a definite must see. Embracing the seal theme after which it is named, the walk to the pier is a delight to see.

 

 As you explore the beach, you will see street signs and trash cans decorated with seals, and the playground underneath the pier has seal themed rides for the children.

 

At the entrance to Seal Beach Pier, you will find a statue of the town mascot: a friendly seal named Slick. Many tourists and locals enjoy taking photos with Slick as they enter the pier, but the true highlight to Seal Beach Pier are the sunsets. During the holidays, all walks of life come to the pier to enjoy the warm nights and the beautiful glow of the sunsets.

 

This public pier also offers free fishing experiences for tourists and locals. Dozens of anglers fish are caught from the pier daily, a fun family activity for all ages.

 

 

 

Dining in Seal Beach

 

Along with scenic views and family fun, Seal Beach also offers a number of options in the way of cuisine.

 

Though long closed, The Parasol Restaurant deserves a place on the list simply due to historical value. The Parasol Restaurant served as one of the last examples of programmatic architecture, a theme for roadside diners in the space age era.

The restaurant first opened in 1967, and later was made famous in 1973 after being featured in the film American Graffiti. Before it’s demise, the pink and white parasol structure of the diner was a local icon.

While The Parasol is a part of history now, there are many other options for a variety of tastes if you are in the mood for a meal.

If you are a fan of seafood, the award-winning Walt’s Wharf is a popular option. Walt’s Wharf touts themselves as the local favorite for fresh seafood and fish. Offering a comfortable atmosphere and intriguing dishes such as the “world famous” oak grilled artichokes, Walt’s Wharf is worth featuring as a must if you are looking to dine in Seal Beach.

If you are not in the mood for seafood or perhaps you’d like to choose from a variety of dining experiences, below you will find a list of local eateries in Seal Beach that may peak your interest.

Fine Dining:

●       Spaghettini Italian Grill and Lounge: Italian, American (Vegetarian friendly)

●      Michael's on Naples: Italian (Vegetarian and Vegan friendly)

●      Patty's Place: American (Vegetarian friendly)

 

Local Cuisine:

 

●      Blackboard Bistro: American, Cafe (Vegetarian friendly)

●      The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar: American, seafood (Vegetarian friendly)

●      The Crema Cafe: American, Cafe (Vegetarian friendly)

 

Budget Friendly:

 

●      Taco Surf: Mexican (Vegetarian friendly)

●      Old Town Cafe: American, Cafe (Vegetarian friendly)

●      Athens West: Greek, Mediterranean (Vegetarian friendly)

 

 

No matter what you decide to do during your visit to Seal Beach, whether you stroll along the beach or fish at the pier, you are guaranteed a fun filled experience. So, grab your family, your camera, and some sunscreen, and take a picture with Slick for me!