Growing up, my family and all of our family friends would go to Redondo Pier every week in the summer. It was great. We’d sit, eat freshly steamed seafood, play arcade games, take a walk along the pier, have ice cream, and look at fun ocean-inspired souvenirs.
Nowadays, my family tries to go at least once a year, but it’s been looking more like once every few years. It’s become a very nostalgic trip. When we went this past Sunday, it was really nice to be reminded that despite the world constantly evolving around us, not much has changed here since I was little. My brother and I were joking that even the arcade games are pretty much the same and the Tilt-a-Whirl ride hasn’t even budged. The only thing that’s significantly different from years ago is that the pier itself was updated and extended. This was a welcome change as it provided more areas to sit and catch the sunset (and more area for fishing if you’re into that!).
First stop: food. When I was a kid, we used to always eat at the spot in the above picture, but as we got older we started eating at the Fish Market which serves this tasty shrimp fajita mix along with pretty much everything else you can get at the other location. The shrimp fajita comes with garlic bread which is great for dipping in the sauce. Corn on the cob is also a staple purchase as well as some clam chowder in a bread bowl. We threw in some steamed clams and shrimp for good measure. Yum yum!
After a hefty lunch, we decided to take a walk on the pier in search of some desserts. Funnel cake? Ice cream? Churros??
At the end of the pier, there’s the open beach where you can bring all members of your family to go for a swim or build sandcastles. Sometimes we just like to sit on the benches nearby to relax and take in that ocean breeze while enjoying an ice cream cone.
Great views, huh? My family always makes a round through the fresh seafood market to see if there’s anything good being sold at a good price before heading out. I LOVED doing this as a kid because I got to learn what different sea critters looked like and learned to connect the names with the actual animal. I’ll admit, I still love going through here to see what these guys look like and seeing if I can learn anything new.
It was such a beautiful day at the pier and so nice to be out with family for bit doing what we used to always do. Traditions always make the heart feel fuzzy.
Redondo Pier | 100 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277