Local Attractions

Of all resorts in southern California, Terranea has the most to offer a family vacation. Hike through rolling hills, skate on an ice rink, spot a gray whale or see a dance production at an art’s center. When you stay at our Los Angeles luxury resort you’ll find yourself surrounded by many things to do and see.

Palos Verdes Peninsula & Rancho Palos Verdes

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park - Beach and Ecological Reserve

310.377.1222 | 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes
www.palosverdes.com/rpv/recreationparks/AbaloneCoveShoreline
Coastal Sage Scrub, the California Gnatcatcher, the Cactus Wren and tide pools are found here. Swimming and picnic areas are available. Outdoor fires or dogs are not permitted.

George F. Canyon Nature Center 

310.547.0862 | 27205 Palos Verdes Drive East
www.pvplc.org (Preserves)
The 36-acre canyon cuts through the hills of Rolling Hills Estates - ideal for hikes. There are markers along the way for information about indigenous plant life. The Nature Center features exhibits about Peninsula plants and wildlife. 

Ice Chalet 

310.541.6630 | 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates
Drive Time (approximate): 7 miles/11 minutes
www.promenadeonthePeninsula.com
This year-round ice rink is on the first level of Promenade on the Peninsula. 

Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion

1976 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro
Drive Time (approximate): 6 miles/11 minutes
www.sanpedro.com/sp_point/korenbel.htm
Museum features the bell presented to the people of Los Angeles by the people of the Republic of Korea in 1976. 

Malaga Cove Plaza (Farnham Martin Park and Malaga Cove Library)

Located at the corner of Palos Verdes Drive & Via Chico
www.palosverdeschamber.com (Things to Do)
This Spanish Renaissance-style plaza was the Peninsula's first commercial area that began in 1925. The plaza features shops, a food market, flower stand and a small restaurant. The centerpiece of the plaza is the Neptune Fountain, which is a two-thirds size copy of a fountain in Bologna, Italy. The fountain was a gift to the Palos Verdes Community and dedicated in 1930.

Marine Mammal Care Center and Center for Marine Studies at Fort MacArthur

310.548.5677 | 3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro
www.marinemammalcare.org
Center for Marine Studies activities focus on marine and environmental sciences for all students, offering close-up observation of sick or injured pinnipeds that are being rehabilitated at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur. 

Norris Center for the Performing Arts

310.544.0403 | 27520 Crossfield Drive, Rolling Hills Estates
Drive Time: 7 miles/10 minutes
www.norristheatre.org
Norris Theater for the Performing Arts, an elegant modern facility seating 450, serves professional resident and touring companies presenting dance, drama, and music productions. 

Point Vicente Interpretive Center

310.377.5370 | 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West
www.palosverdes.com/rpv/recreationparks/PointVicenteInterpretiveCenter
The Interpretive Center features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. 

The Point Vicente Lighthouse

310.541.0334 | 31550 Palos Verdes Drive
www.vicentelight.org
Standing on the most southwesterly point of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Point Vicente Lighthouse has long been one of this area's jewels. The tower and a small museum are open to the public. 

Portuguese Bend

This mile-long stretch of road experiences some of the most dramatic geological shifts anywhere. Located just east of Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, this area has seen more than 100 homes lost to landslides since 1956.

Promenade on the Peninsula

310.541.0688 | 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates
Drive Time (approximate): 7 miles/11 minutes
www.promenadeonthepeninsula.com
Promenade on the Peninsula is a Spanish-style, three-level, open-air center, with more than 50 name brand and boutique specialty stores and restaurants.

South Coast Botanic Gardens

310.544.6815 | 26300 South Crenshaw Boulevard
www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org
An 87-acre garden built on a landfill offers guests lectures, flower shows, bird walks, concerts, car shows and special events throughout the year. Admission fee and tram ride available by appointment. 

Wayfarer's Chapel

310.377.1650 | 5755 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes
www.wayfarerschapel.org
The Chapel is a famous and popular place for weddings. Many soap operas, television and movie weddings have been filmed there. The Chapel is open to all faiths and denominations. It is open daily for prayers and meditation.

Los Angeles & Surrounding Area

Aquarium of the Pacific

562.590.3100 | 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
Drive Time (approximate): 15 miles/30 minutes
www.aquariumofpacific.org
Located on five acres of waterfront property in downtown Long Beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific features marine life of the Pacific Ocean. More than 47 exhibits represent more than 550 species.

Beverly Hills

310.285.2442 | Trolley Hotline
Drive Time (approximate): 25 miles/45-50 minutes
www.beverlyhills.org
Take a ride through Beverly Hills on a 40-minute narrated tour of art, architecture historical and renowned areas of the city.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

310.548.7562 | 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro
Drive Time (approximate): 7 miles/14 minute
www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
Learn about the natural history of the area through live exhibits. Beach walks and classes are held all through the year. From March to August, during the full or new moon you can participate in a Grunion run. The admission is free.

Catalina Island

Boat Ride Time (approximate): 32 miles/45 minutes
www.catalina.com
Make time slow down at Catalina Island and paddle through crystal-clear waters. Moonlit walks are also popular on this island. 

Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure

714.781.4000 | 1313 S. Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim
Drive Time (approximate): 40 miles/45 minutes to an hour
www.disneyland.com
No trip to Southern California would be complete without a visit to Disneyland. Disney's California Adventure theme park is a magical festival of shows, parades and attractions celebrating California's storied past and exciting future.

Getty Center

310.440.7300 | 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles
Drive Time (approximate): 32 miles/40-45minutes
www.getty.edu
Designed by one of America's celebrated architects, Richard Meier, the Getty Center showcases paintings; drawings; sculptures; illuminated manuscripts; and French, European and American photographs.

Griffith Observatory

213.473.0800 | 2800 E Observatory Avenue, Los Angeles
Drive Time (approximate): 38 miles/45-50 minutes
www.griffithobs.org
Griffith Observatory's unique architecture and setting, compelling programmatic offerings, and Silver Screen cinematic exposure have made it one of the most famous and visited landmarks in Southern California.

Heritage Square Museum 

323.225.2700 | 3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles
Drive Time (approximate): 30 miles/40-45 minutes
www.heritagesquare.org
Heritage Square Museum offers visitors a look into the everyday lives of Southern Californians at the close of the 19th Century. 

Hermosa Beach

www.hbchamber.net
The city's flat sandy beach is ideal for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing and paddle boarding. Pier Avenue offers a thriving concentration of restaurants and nightlife.

Hollywood

Drive Time (approximate): 38 miles/50 minutes to 1 hour
www.hollywoodchamber.net
Hollywood offers a multitude of exclusive boutiques, gourmet restaurants and of course the Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards. 

Knott's Berry Farm

714.220.5200 | 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park
Drive Time (approximate): 35 miles/45-55 minutes
www.knotts.com
From high-flying rollercoaster rides to whimsical characters and yummy eats, Knott's Berry Farm is a rockin' realm of entertainment just waiting to be discovered. 

La Brea Tar Pits

323.934.7243 | 5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Drive Time: 21 miles/45-50 minutes
www.tarpits.org
Rancho La Brea is one of the world's most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world.

L.A. LIVE

800 W. Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles
Drive Time (approximate): 25 miles/45-55 minutes
www.lalive.com
As a one-of-a-kind entertainment campus, L.A. LIVE is a genuine world-class sports and entertainment destination.

Manhattan Beach

www.manhattanbeachchamber.net
Manhattan Beach is the home of volleyball and surfing. The quaint downtown area offers an eclectic array of boutiques, shops and restaurants. An attractive aquarium sits at the end of the expansive pier. 

Museum of Latin American Art

562.437.1689 | 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach
Drive Time (approximate): 15 miles/30 minutes
www.molaa.org
Dubbed as "more than just a museum," the Museum of Latin American Art is the place to come if you're interested in Latin American art work. It displays works by artists, which date from World War II to recent years.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

213.763.3466 | 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles
Drive Time: 21 miles/45-50 minutes
www.nhm.org
As the largest natural and historical museum in the Western United States and an active research center, NHM safeguards more than 35 million spectacular, diverse specimens and artifacts covering 4.5 billion years of history.

The Original Farmers Market

3rd Street and Fairfax (Los Angeles)
Drive Time (approximate): 35 miles/50 minutes to 1 hour
www.farmersmarketla.com
The Original Farmers Market offers visitors international cuisine, regularly scheduled special events for the family and outdoor flavor, not to mention the freshest and finest meats, poultry, seafood, produce and flowers in all of Los Angeles County.

Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County

213.972.7211 | 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012
Drive Time (approximate): 25 miles/45 minutes
www.musiccenter.org
Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Music Center is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the nation and welcomes more than 1.3 million people each year.

Queen Mary

800.437.2934 | 1126 Queen's Highway, Long Beach, 90802
Drive Time (approximate): 15 miles/30 minutes
www.queenmary.com
Come aboard the legendary Queen Mary and see restored areas that have been under wraps since the final voyage in 1967, including the Isolation Wards and the Machine Rooms.

Redondo Beach

Drive Time (approximate): 7 miles/17 minutes
www.redondochamber.org
The Strand, a paved path that runs from South Redondo north to Santa Monica, is a haven for beach-goers, bicyclists, skateboarders and Rollerbladers enjoying the sun and surf.

Regal Cinema

310.544.3042 | 5500 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates
www.regmovies.com
Features all new films and offers comfortable stadium seating.

Riviera Village

Drive Time (approximate): 7 miles/17 minutes
www.rivieravillage.org
Nestled next to the beautiful coves of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, find Riviera Village - a charming collection of over 300 eclectic shops, restaurants and services.

Rodeo Drive

Drive Time (approximate): 25 miles/45-50 minutes
www.rodeodrive-bh.com
This California shopping district is famous for designer labels and haute couture fashion. 

Santa Monica

310.458.8900 | 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Drive Time (approximate): 31 miles/40-45 minutes
www.santamonica.com
Since 1909, the Pier has been serving up beachside fun to visitors from across the globe seeking the quintessential California experience. 

Sony Picture Studios

310.244.4000 | 1020 W. Washington Boulevard, Culver City
Drive Time (approximate): 35 miles/45-55 minute
www.sonypicturesstudios.com

Located on one of the world's most famous studio lots, this walking tour gives you a rare glimpse of old Hollywood's glory days and an insider's view of a state-of-the-art motion picture studio.

Universal Studios Hollywood

818.717.1000 | 70 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
Drive Time (approximate): 40 miles/45 minutes-1 hour
www.universalstudioshollywood.com
From the blazing infernos of red-hot explosions to jump-out-of-your-seat thrills of great white shark attacks, Hollywood is ablaze in scintillating movie magic crafted from the firing synapses of the world's most creative minds.

Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour

818.972.8687 | 3400 Riverside Drive, Burbank, 91522
Drive Time (approximate): 42 miles/50 minutes
www.warnerbros.com
See "Behind-the-scenes" and "into-the-scenes" of your favorite shows and movies at the world's busiest motion picture and television studio.

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