San Pedro has had ties to the United States Navy since the early 1900s when Fort MacArthur was established on the south end of town. The military's presence in San Pedro only grew after that, as the military shuttled more and more warships into San Pedro Bay in preparation for possible conflict with Japan. After World War II, military installations in the area remained. Today, history buffs can learn about San Pedro's naval history at the USS Iowa, a decommissioned battleship that has been turned into a museum and docked between the Port of Los Angeles and San Pedro.
Seafood and Then Some
San Pedro's proximity to the ocean means it offers all sorts of delicious seafood. Locals can enjoy fine fish fresh off the boat from as far away as Alaska, shellfish at the Crusty Crab, or get delicious Mexican-style seafood at the Baja Fish Market. San Pedro is not limited to seafood alone, of course. Locals know to come out on the first Thursday of the month to grab their grub at the fleet of gourmet food trucks that come out once a month. Live music provides a great backdrop for this celebration of the city.
George F. Canyon Natu
Set in the midst of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the George F. Canyon Nature Center provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Los Angeles and other cities. A streamside trail runs through the canyon that makes up the heart of this nature preserve, providing exercise as well as a chance to view wildlife. The nature center itself has a demonstration garden full of wildflowers and a small zoo. If anyone feels the need to escape from city life, then they could do worse than visiting the George F. Canyon Nature Center.