If you’re cruising out of LA then this is a definitive guide on What To Do In Los Angeles Cruise Port. The city is rich with culture and one of the most iconic places to visit. There is so much to do in Los Angeles offering travelers of all ages lots of choice. When travelling out of the port of San Pedro in Los Angeles you will also be spoiler for choice and will have the whole of LA on your doorstep.
The coast of Southern California is vibrant with amazing shopping districts such as Rodeo Drive in the legendary Beverly Hills. You can stroll along the beach promenade and watch surfers on the waves or rollerbladers at Venice Beach. Of course one of the most popular things to do is soak in the sights and sounds of Hollywood. There are also over 800 art museums in the area! I hope those inspires you to take it easy and make the journey part of your California adventure.
Whats more is if you are cruising out of LA you can plan a Twin Centre Holiday after your Cruise and go along the Californian Coast. Spend a few days in LA, before heading up to San Francisco for a couple of days, and a little more time exploring.
Everything you need to know about cruising out of the Port of San Pedro in Los Angeles.
Where is the Cruise port in Los Angeles?
The cruise port of Los Angeles in is just outside Los Angeles in San Pedro, which is a district in the city of Los Angeles. Therefore if you are cruising out of Los Angeles, San Pedro and Los Angeles cruise port are the same destination. Cruise ships dock in the Port of Los Angeles, which is also called the Los Angeles World Cruise centre.
The address of the Cruise port in Los Angeles is;
Port of Los Angeles
World Cruise Center
100 Swinford Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
Occasionally cruises embark at Berth 46 or 54 when it is busier. Cruise lines that embark from the port of Los Angeles include;
- Norwegian cruise lines
- Princess Cruises
- Royal Caribbean
How far is the Airport LAX to the Cruise port?
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about 20 miles from the Los Angeles cruise port in San Pedro. This can take about which is about 40 minutes by taxi.
What To Do In Los Angeles in and around the Cruise Port
The list is long and its been hard to narrow down to a shortlist. Los Angeles has such a diverse offering of attractions for families. So this is the best things to do in the port of Los Angeles.
The Port of Los Angleles itself.
The Port of Los Angeles is the premier gateway for international commerce and one of the busiest cargo terminals in the United States. This Port of Los Angeles is the busiest passenger port-of-call on the West Coast. The port itself has so much to offer with so many major cruise lines offering vacation cruises here. Popular destinations are the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, Alaska, the Panama Canal as well as California. There is another famous bridge called Vincent Thomas Bridge which crosses Los Angeles Harbor, linking San Pedro to the main Terminal Island. Every night, the bridge is brilliantly illuminated by thousands of solar-powered blue LEDs. Located at the port entrance near the bridge is also the Fanfare at San Pedro Gateway. This Gateway has a huge fountain of 58 water jets that are timed and choreographed. It makes for a dramatic waterfront entryway for visitors.
Spend A Day ‘Or 2’ At DisneyLand California
We are HUGE Disney fans, visiting LA with teens and kids and not paying the Big Cheese a visit would be wrong. And you can’t do Disney in 1 day! With Disneyland California being the first ever Disney Park it is going to feel extra special.
When we last Visited WALT DISNEY WORLD ORLANDO we had visited several times before so knew how the park worked.
Check Out Universal Studios In Hollywood
We are the biggest Harry Potter fans and huge Universal fans! So did not miss a trip to visit Universal Studios in Hollywood. Universal Orlando is built over two levels and connected by an escalator. So will feel very different to Universal Orlando.
There are also many rides Including the World Famous Studio Tour, which looks truly astounding. There are still the old favourites such as Jaws and Jurassic Park. And a tour of acres of movies sets.
Visit The Hollywood Sign
Erected in 1923, I have often wondered ‘what is the best time of day to visit the Hollywood Sign?’ However the appeal of seeing Hollywood lit up below draws me to the evening.
Although it’s something I have ever felt inspired to see. On reading its history, it feels like the Hollywood sign is an important part of history one should not miss.
To visit, catch the Dash Bus to the Hollywood Sign, which runs every 15 minutes from 10am until 10 PM and cost 50 cents.
Visit Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Museum offers an inspiring look though America Automotive and Hollywood History. However the building itself is an architectural triumph and worth visiting in itself.
Tickets to the Peterson Museum cost $16 for and and $11 for children. Tours of the vault cost an extra $25. But allow access to a unique tour of specially selected cars that are not exhibited in the museum.
Paramount Pictures Studio Tour
As I research the Hollywood blockbusters that were filmed at Paramount Studios I got goose bumps. The Godfather, Breakfast at Tiffanys and Forest Gump to name but a few. Although this is a historical tour, kids and teens love movies so will be totally immersed in this experience.
The Paramount tour should be on the top of yourLA wish-list. Being the longest operating and only remaining studio in Hollywood. The biggest part of Hollywood history lies right here.
Paramount offer a series of tours that take you into a world of movies and drama. Including movie sets and prop rooms once graced by Hollywood greats such at Audrey Hepburn, Elvis and Al Pacino.
Tickets for the Paramount tour start at $60 dollars per person for a 2 hour studio buggy tour.
Santa Monica State Beach
You can’t visit LA and not visit Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica beach is the perfect location when on a California road trip with teens. If this does not scream cool, then nothing does. With 3.5 miles of maintained golden sands. You are guaranteed the ultimate LA beach experience.
Santa Monica beach is within walking distance of cool shops and restaurants, thus offering perfect vantage points for people watching.
Teens will revel in the cool factor of Santa Monica Beach, whilst younger children will love the freedom that spending time on the beach offers.
Visit the Battleship USS Iowa Museum maritime museum
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Touch Tank
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is home to Tidepool Touch Tank where visitors can truly get a hands-on experience with the diverse wildlife living in the local tide pools. The touch tank is one of the highlight of exhibits at the Aquarium, which is full of fun and educational experiences for visitors of all ages.
Visit Cabrillo Beach
The family-friendly Cabrillo Beach is one of the top beaches in Los Angeles. The beach is near Point Fermin Park. It is a great destination for windsurfers and kayakers. The fishing pier is a favorite destination for whale-watching especially during grunion season. Inside the breakwater the water is calmer ideal for a picnics and people watching
The Korean Bell of Friendship
This stunning pavilion houses intricately-decorated bronze bell in Angel’s Gate Park. This park overlooks the sea gate from which U.S. troops sailed into the Pacific. The Korean Bell of Friendship offers some of the best views in Los Angeles. You can see Los Angeles harbor, Catalina Channel and the sea terraces of San Pedro hill. The bell was presented to the people of Los Angeles in 1976 by the people of the Republic of Korea to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial, honor veterans of the Korean War, and to symbolize friendship between the two nations.