Manhattan Beach Pier: The Oldest Standing Concrete Pier on the West Coast

Popular pier in manhattan beach with a lab and aquarium, fishing, and more.

By Maximillion

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Seen one pier, seen 'em all, right? Eh, kind of, but also not really.

I'll say it: the Manhattan Beach Pier isn't gonna blow you away or anything. Having said that, it's a nice pier!

I find a lot of beauty in its simplicity. We don't need a full-on amusement park or anything like Santa Monica Pier. A nice calm environment is kind of what a lot of us even want to go to the beach for. That said, what stands out about Manhattan Beach's Pier specifically?

The photos

It's a pretty photogenic pier. First of all, the seafoam green railings are iconic. Look how great this picture came out.

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Also, the columns underneath the pier make for a particularly awesome photo location.

surfer manhattan beach surfing columns example photo pictureDoesn't get much better than that, folks.

The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium

At the end of the pier there's a totally free aquarium available to the public. It's small, yes, but still kind of cool. There's a shark tank, a tide pool touch tank, lobsters -- mothaflippin' lobsters -- and more.


Maxmillion hooks it up with the hours.

Monday-Friday: 2 P.M. – 7 P.M.
Saturday-Sunday: 10 A.M. – 7 P.M.

The Fishing

You can fish off the pier -- fishermen and women usually catch barred surfperch, croakers, small rays, and guitarfish (shovelnose shark) here. You also don't need a license to fish off the pier, which is cool.

To be honest, I'm not really an expert on fishing. This is a dope blog on a bunch of fishing stuff here better than what I can explain.