ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HERMOSA BEACH WITH KIDSHermosa Beach, one of the beach towns in the South Bay region of Los Angeles, is my favorite beach in LA. It has a relaxed, surfer vibe in a fun atmosphere—and it’s perfect for a family vacation. I took the boys to the new Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood and decided to add a couple of beach days to the trip. I wanted to show them Hermosa Beach, and they loved it! So, if you’re looking to take the kids to Hermosa Beach, keep reading for all of my best recommendations. Before you leave, read over my best beach hacks for toddlers and babies!
What to Do in Hermosa Beach with KidsBeach First things first. Hermosa Beach is KNOWN for its stunning beach. It’s huge—it goes on for 2 miles, but also is very wide. (I always appreciate that it is always very clean too.) There are volleyball nets scattered all over the beach. Hermosa Beach is very popular for volleyball enthusiasts, and you’ll see many pickup games happening throughout the weekend. You can sit down and watch them play, or find an empty one and have some fun on your own. Although there aren’t any actual playgrounds on the beach, there ARE several swing sets that you can use too. During the winter months, the city creates hills of sands (to protect the beach from the intense surf). Hermosa Beach is one of the few beaches in LA that also offers sand sledding! You can bring a sled (or buy an overpriced one from one of the local stores like I did) and sled down. Tip: Check about sledding before coming. I waited until I got here and was disappointed to hear that it was no longer happening anymore—and it was one of the reasons I came!
Bike the Strand The Strand is a wide, paved path that stretches for miles along the beach. It’s perfect for walking, jogging, rollerblading, and of course- biking (there’s even a specific path just for bikes). It’s very family-friendly and safe. It can be a relaxing after-dinner stroll, a sunset bike ride, or just a fun walk during the day to hop around the different parts of the beach. Hermosa Cyclery, which is right off the Strand rents out all kinds of adult bikes, kid bikes, and they have various attachments for kids too. All the employees are so friendly and helpful too! My little guy was having a full-on tantrum getting in the trailer and the employee helping us was so patient. You can take it all the way to neighboring Redondo Beach Pier. It was about a 20-minute ride there and it runs you right into the parking lot, within steps of the pier. It’s super convenient! You can go the opposite way towards Manhattan Beach, but you’ll have to take a little detour off the Strand to get there or you’ll hit a dead end.
Pier The Pier is popular for locals and tourists because it’s such a great vibe! The whole area is so walkable and there is a ton to do in the area. You can take a stroll on the pier and enjoy the views and sounds of the ocean and the beach. It’s a great place to snap some pics. Or you can walk right off the pier to the numerous restaurants, bars, dessert shops, and stores. And it goes on for blocks so don’t just stop once you hit the street. There are so many more options for dining and shopping if you keep walking. (Plus it’s a great way to get the kids energy out.) Aaand during summer, the pier hosts all kinds of events—movie nights, concert series, classes.
Parks and Playgrounds Hermosa Beach has a few playgrounds near the pier that are convenient to get to. Two of the closest playgrounds are at South Park and Valley Park, they’re just a few blocks away from the Strand. South Park has a playground with swings, slides, a sand pit, and play structures for different age groups. There are even cement slides. Plus, it’s shaded and has benches. Valley Park is popular for families and has a playground with swings, slides, cute objects for climbing, and multiple play structures for different ages. There’s an open grassy area too for sports. In addition, Hermosa Valley Greenbelt is a long, narrow park that runs through the center of Hermosa Beach. It has a walking path (again, great for getting energy out), but also a playground with swings and a slide.
Farmers Market Hermosa Beach hosts a weekly Farmer’s Market every Friday from 12 – 4pm. It’s a charming little market with about 11 farmers with fresh produce and plants, another 20 booths with pre-packaged foods, and 7 booths with prepared foods. Check out the list of farmers here. There’s a variety of foods offered, flowers, and local crafts. There’s also live music and some weeks have a face painter for kids! It’s a cute spot to stop to get some fresh food, support local farmers, and maybe get the kids faces painted.
Art Zone If your kid loves art, this is the place to go! ArtZone offers art classes throughout the week, but they also have Open Studio hours where all kids ages 18 months and up can enjoy the art activities. They offer painting, finger painting, clay play, print making, and drawing materials. Kids can also play dress up, play in the playhouse, cook in the mud kitchen, and splash around in a water wonders room. On Friday nights, they offer a Parents Night Out… you can drop off your little ones (ages 3+) and they’ll have a pizza and art party from 5:30 – 8:30pm. You do have to make a reservation though. Get more information here.