The Manhattan Beach Pier is a special place. Forget shops and restaurants, you won’t find them here. What makes it special is the simplicity. It is just a pier lined with old-world lampposts with an aquarium at the end. The views from the pier are spectacular. You can gaze at the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the south and Malibu to the north. Spend some time on the pier and you can watch fishermen, surfers, bodyboarders, and, if you’re lucky, dolphins frolicking in the surf.
The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is located at the end of the pier and features exhibits designed to showcase the marine life in the area, such as Moon Jellies, starfish, Garibaldi, shrimp, crabs, eels, and of course, sharks.
The aquarium is open to the public free of charge, but there is a suggested donation of $2 per person or $5 per family.
More info: The pier is also home to Manhattan Beach Pier's Volleyball Walk of Fame.