Redondo boardwalk, pier, and beach makes a nice outing for families with kids of all ages. The boardwalk was rebuilt recently, creating a beautiful walk with beach access.
Parking: We were lucky enough to find free, street parking but there is also a paid parking lot right across the street from the pier for $1/hour-$8/day. We went on a weekday, and I imagine $8 will be a bargain on a crowded weekend. Note from SFM: One of our awesome fb readers let us know that you need to bring exact change. She only had a ten and wasn’t able to get change from the meter. Yipes!
Once you park and cross the street, check out the pier. You’ll see plenty of folks with fishing lines in the water and you can catch a beautiful view.
Between the pier and the boardwalk there are two stands; one selling coffee and another renting kayaks and paddleboards, as well as selling ice cream and other snacks. There is also a stand with fish n chips from Salty’s that is reader recommended!
The boardwalk is wide and stroller/dog friendly. Starting near the boat launch, it’s a little less than a mile if you go out and back.
There are several staircases leading to the beach from the boardwalk, which you will probably want to make use of if the tide is out because about halfway to the endpoint of the boardwalk- the beach changes from rock to sand. The boardwalk offers a scenic stroll with the ocean on one side and cool beach real estate, some with gorgeous flowers, on the other. Note: The boardwalk does go along a busy street with only a low barrier- so if you have littles with you, take care.
Bonus! We found several painted rocks, both along the boardwalk and on the beach.
The sand beach was totally worth the walk, but be sure and use the bathrooms by the pier before you head out, because there aren’t any facilities on the walk or beach. We saw lots of seashells, seagulls, boats and even a great blue heron. If you have an aeronautically inclined kid, we saw planes taking off every few minutes (I assume from Seatac airport) that seemed really close– really fun to watch. Plus, the water was calm and not too cold!
Don’t forget the sand toys!
Tiffany Doerr Guerzon