On Father’s Day (June 21st), the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District trolley buses helped shuttle over 1,000 passengers through Ports O’Call Village and Downtown San Pedro. The Father’s Day crowds have shown that this will be a very busy and exciting summer at the LA Waterfront! Check out the tips & tricks below for getting around town this summer, parking options and beating the crowds.
Getting Around the LA Waterfront: Transportation Options
The trolley buses are a free and convenient way to get around town. They run Saturdays & Sundays with extended summer operating hours of 12 PM – 8 PM. The trolley runs a 30 minute route around the LA Waterfront & Downtown San Pedro. You will get to see various museums & attractions such as the Battleship IOWA, the Historic Warner Grand Theatre, the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and Ports O’Call Village.
Click here to download the trolley schedule & map.
The trolley is a free hop-on hop-off service. You can hop off in Historic Downtown San Pedro and enjoy some fantastic restaurants including Thai, Japanese, American, Authentic Hungarian Strudel, a British Pub and several great wine & beer lounges. Stop by Urban Feet or the Surplus Guy for some comfortable footwear, because you will be walking a lot! Then hop back on the trolley to explore the waterfront. For a full list of District restaurants & stores, check out our business directory.
The Port of Los Angeles Historic Red Car
You can also get around the waterfront by riding the Historic Red Car, which runs a 1.5 mile route from the Los Angeles World Cruise Ship Terminal down to the Cabrillo Marina at 22nd Street & Harbor Blvd. The red car runs Fridays – Sundays from 12 PM – 9 PM and costs $1.00, which includes unlimited rides for the day. You can hop on the red car at any one of its four stops. Be sure to get off at the Downtown Harbor stop, where you can explore the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and walk around the brand new harbor dock. For more information about the historic red car, click here.
Visiting San Pedro On A Sunday
The Waterfront’s busiest day of the week is on Sundays. If you would prefer to visit when it’s quieter, we recommend coming during the weekdays or on Saturday mornings. If a lively day is more your style, then come visit on Sundays!
To help accommodate increased visitor traffic on Sundays, there is a free Ports O’Call Village Express Trolley Shuttle that runs from 12 PM – 8 PM. The express shuttle goes from the Ports O’Call overflow parking lot straight to Ports O’Call Village.
To get to the overflow parking lot from the 110 freeway, simply take Harbor Blvd all the way down to 22nd Street. On Sundays, you will see electronic traffic signs directing you to this parking lot. On your way down Harbor Blvd, be sure to look to your right to see Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles (Open Fridays – Sundays) and Brouwerij West, a new brewery opening Fall 2015.
Park where the blue P is and hop on the free Ports O’Call Express Trolley. It stops near Ports O’Call Restaurant and near the blue Asian Pagoda building. Then it returns to the parking lot. While on the trolley, be sure to take a look at the Ghost Fish Sculpture, a 40 foot tall blue fin tuna fish made out of steel.
Photo by Steve Jost Photography.
*Please note that the express shuttle route is subject to change due to construction/special events.
Explore the Waterfront by Bike
The LA Waterfront is the perfect place to explore by bicycle! Most of the waterfront is flat and relatively easy to ride. You can start at the Catalina Express San Pedro Terminal and ride down to Cabrillo Beach, which is about a 7 mile ride (round trip). You will ride past the Port of Los Angeles Fanfare Fountain (pictured above), the Battleship IOWA, Ports O’Call Village, the Cabrillo Marina and finish at Cabrillo Beach. When you’re done riding and are looking for something to eat, be sure to stop in Historic Downtown San Pedro for a great meal!
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