Point Fermin Park & Around

Long Beach & San Pedro

Locals come to this grassy community park on the bluffs to jog, picnic, watch wind- and kitesurfers, cool off in the shade of spreading magnolias, gaze at the silhouette of Catalina Island, wonder at never-ending waves pounding a rugged crescent coastline and enjoy live jazz on balmy summer Sundays.

In the park is the Point Fermin Lighthouse, and nearby are Fort MacArthur Military Museum, Korean Friendship Bell and the aging biker bar, Walker's Cafe.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Long Beach & San Pedro attractions

1. Point Fermin Lighthouse

0.03 MILES

Ostensibly the main visitor attraction in Point Fermin Park is this restored 1874 lighthouse, which looks like a Victorian home and is one of the oldest…

2. Korean Friendship Bell

0.27 MILES

A gift from South Korea for the US bicentennial in 1976, this nearly 12ft-tall, 18.75 ton bronze chime dominates the hillside and makes for a fantastic…

3. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium


This city-owned aquarium is the smaller, older, low-tech cousin of Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific. It’s also a lot lighter on your wallet and less…

4. SS Lane Victory

1.41 MILES

If you enjoy clambering around old ships, visit this museum vessel that sailed the seven seas from 1945 to 1971. Self-guided tours take in the engine room…

5. White Point-Royal Palms Beach

1.45 MILES

This county-run beach features 1.5 miles of rocky shoreline and 30 acres of parkland. You can scramble among tide pools to see sea anemones and other…

6. White Point Nature Preserve

1.46 MILES

A former Nike missile site has gone back to nature in this 102-acre preserve of coastal sage-scrub habitat. Hiking trails run from from 0.8 miles to a 7…

7. Ports O’Call Village

2.06 MILES

Shrieking gulls and excited children animate this aging shopping district filled with trinket stores (which you can safely skip) en route to copious meals…

8. Los Angeles Maritime Museum

2.42 MILES

Galleries in LA's historic ferry building (on the National Register of Historic Places) tell the story of the city's relationship with the sea and display…