Photo of Seal Beach Pier - California
Seal Beach Pier shown in the
photo above offers reminders of days gone by. As you enter the pier, you'll see
to your left a bronze statue on a base that's just kid-high.
--Children pat the sculpture,
Slick, the seal, and parents take pictures of their family next to him. Seals don't
frequent this area anymore but the statue offers one reminder of how Seal Beach
got its name.
Seal Beach Pier is the perfect spot to stand
and watch a variety of activities. It is one of the most popular places for
tourists to drive to and explore. If you stand and listen, you'll hear their
accents from a variety of cities and countries around the globe. But people
watching is just one thing you can do on the pier. From its vantage point
above the beach, you can watch sunbathers, surfers, body boarders, people flying
kites, and sometimes a film production. This beach, in fact, was where many
scenes have been filmed for popular shows.
The quaint pier with its
wooden planks, fishing popularity and Ruby's diner on the very end are so much
milder than the early Seal Beach days when sizzling rides and bootleggers
dragged their booty to shore (rum runners bringing liquor during the
prohibition). Today the pier is a slow going family-friendly entity where
people just like to take leisurely strolls. The wind is usually mild, the
weather often nice and the views are great.
The pier features a lifeguard tower and the
restaurant. There are benches to sit on and relax or you can stroll and soak up
the sun and scenery. Located at the end of Main Street, the pier is the icon for
Seal Beach. There's so much shopping and dining to enjoy, but none along the
beach. Ruby's on the pier and the shops downtown on the tree-shaded Main are
your best bet for food and snacks.
To enjoy the pier, you'll
find it on Ocean, adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway 1, four or five blocks away.