Seal Beach Things to Do

There are many fun things for families, singles and couples to do in Seal Beach, California. One of California's old fashioned beach towns is a feel-good place where you can shop in unique boutiques, art galleries and gift stores, dine on all kinds of snacks, coffee and cinnamon rolls or enjoy a full meal.

Seal Beach activities include windsurfing with one of the few launch facilities in Orange County. In the region where these surfers launch, surfers also love to catch waves near the Seal Beach jetty, where guests also fish.

One of the favorite activities is the beach. This family-oriented beach offers a fantastic playground overlooking the sand. It's an enclosed play area for smaller children and is ideal because the ocean is within view.

For other activities and events, be sure to check out the California Events Calendar.

Main Street is the place for strolling, shopping, dining and heading  to the beach and pier. 
Visit the Red Car Museum near Main Street.

History of Tea Museum in Best of Times Tea Cottage and Hospitality Shop, includes a small museum featuring displays on the Japanese tea garden, the 5,000 year history of tea and tea leaf reading. What does the shape of a tea leaf bring? An anchor brings a voyage or success, an egg means good luck and a dagger represents danger.

Afternoon tea service and event facilities plus unique invitations, themed parties and accessories are all offered and sold at this fascinating place. Tues- Sat 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Some Sundays. Tea times: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: 810 Electric Ave. near Main Street 562-431-3392

Old Ranch Country Club Private Golf Course,  The 18-hole golf course is currently under a complete re-design. The new Ted  Robinson design will feature some 28 acres of water with a 6,835-yard  championship tee layout. There will be a collection of hole designs with the prevailing winds of Old Ranch as a considered factor in the play of those holes. Call for information on guest policy. 3901 Lampson Avenue (714) 847-7004

Old Town Theater for foreign and unique films 340 Main Street, 562- 431-9988
Super Saver Cinema 7,  12343 Seal Beach Blvd., 562- 594-9411

Stats, 12341 Seal Beach Blvd., 562-431-6627
Crafters love this store which features a large selection of seasonal, hobby and decorator items they claim you will not find elsewhere. Mention of the store name evokes enthusiastic response from those who have shopped there.

Photo  © Debbie Stock
Seal Beach has the 2nd longest pier in California. 
Activities include walking, fishing, sunbathing, body boarding, swimming, boating, kite flying, volleyball and watching an occasional filming of a movie or television production. Eating is also a favorite past time with a restaurant at the end of the pier and many snack shops and restaurants with window service. 

Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, pizza,  hand-dipped chocolates and ice cream bars, cinnamon rolls, pastries and custom made espresso or tea.  A few of the many restaurants include: 

The Abbey,  306 Main Street  562-799-4246
Visit the spot baseball player Mark McGwire put on the map with the ball cap he wore from this restaurant.  Features 12 draft beers and wood baked pizza. Open every day for lunch 11 a.m. - to 12.30 a.m. night.

Bayou St. John, 320 Main, 562- 431-2298
Fine Cajun and Creole Cuisine

Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Avenue   (714) 847-7004 or (562) 596-4611
Banquet facilities for up to 300 people for both sit-down and buffet service for all aspects of family celebrations, weddings, business  meetings, reunions or private parties.

O'Malley's, 140 Main, 562- 430-0631
Enjoy sitting by the fire with a Guinness "perfect pint." From American to traditional Irish dishes, food is served from 7 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., every day. 

Walt's Wharf, 201 Main 562-598-4433 A favorite amongst locals and tourists, there's usually a wait for a table at this restaurant which serves a selection of seafood, fish, pizza and other items. If you pass by a place where people are standing outside in groups, you're likely looking at Walt's Wharf. 

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