The Main St promenade before the shore is a nice, leisurely one with several enticing little shops, a movie theater, about 4 Irish bars, and even more ice cream/yogurt and coffee places. Hmmm... a glass of Guiness, a scoop of strawberry on a cone and a cappuccino with biscotti all in a day with the ocean background... seems like heaven.
We took lessons from Michael Pless and Family. The M& M Surfing school. Both Ray and I had always wanted to learn to surf and if your thinking about it Lessons are for sure the way to go. This school is very well organized and is a very affordable way to learn to surf. I would take the lesson again when I go back. Included in your 60 dollar 3 hour lesson is Board, Wetsuit, invaluable lessons and an instructor who I guarentee will get you up on the board. And what a blast we had. The tips we got from the instructors made this so worthwhile. I can honestly say without the lessons I would have been hopeless at surfing.
Seal Beach Pier makes for a nice (and usually windy) walk. You can look out at the Pacific, watch the surfboarders (even in winter) and stop for a meal at the end as Ruby's Diner is perched right there.
If you don't stop along the way, it won't take long to see the main street of Seal Beach. We like to poke into the antique and other shops along the way on both sides - have an ice cream or meal (some good seafood in that town). There's also a small store that sells great beachwear, tee shirts etc.
The Bay Theatre on the corner of PCH and Main street is a really cool old movie theatre. Designed in 40s deco, this place is a throwback to another era. The theatre boasts a pipe organ that accompanies silent film screenings from time to time. The Bay always has something interesting playing, from a new foriegn film, to an old time classic like the Wizard of Oz or Lawrence of Arabia. Retro decor and old fashioned concession stand round out the experience.
Take a stroll on the beach, or relax for a few hours with a picnic lunch. Lovely views of the pier and ocean, plus Seal Beach is typically not touristy, so you'll have the beach to yourself. The farther you walk south of the peir the nicer it gets. Great in the summer at nightime.
The Seal Beach Pier is a great way to spend an hour or two leisurely taking in the sites. Stroll down the pier with an ice cream in hand to watch the surfers on the south end or the pier. Ruby's Diner is at the end of the pier, and makes for a great lunch or dinner experience.
The Bay Theatre shows only independent and classic films. I've seen Casablanca and Roman Holiday. Seeing both films on the big screen as oppossed to the television is much more enjoyable. While there is no Dolby sound system the charm comes from seeing the theatre's original pipe organ still intact.
When water temps are too chilly for the little ones this playground is the perfect option. The playground is located adjacent to the pier right on the sand. You can purchase inexpensiive shovels and pails at some of the shops along Main St. though most parents are more than willing to share their beach toys.
Walk around and check out the historic and lovely architecture in Seal Beach. Many lovely cottages and gardens make Seal Beach very quaint and charming.
The big draw in this small town is the clean and friendly beach. Look out in the water you you are likely to see boaters, swimmers, and even this LB outrigger team.