Come visit the LA Waterfront to experience the history of America’s largest trade gateway! The Port of Los Angeles is perfect for locals and tourists alike.
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In a school survey, my seven-year-old shared his favorites—color, holiday, food, hobbies. Under “favorite books,” he answered “history books.” And no wonder—I’m amazed by how much he’s taken to learning about history and times of the past.
We’re fortunate to live in Los Angeles, a city with a rich history perfect to pique his interest, including the LA Waterfront.
Historical sites to visit on LA Waterfront
The Port of Los Angeles makes for a unique destination for tourists and locals alike. Visitors can enjoy restaurants, an aquarium, beaches, an eclectic downtown scene, and even a brewery.
But for my son, it’s the historical slice of LA that he most enjoyed. Here are a few historical sites we visited on the LA Waterfront:
1. The Korean Bell
First stop is the Korean Bell, a beautiful structure the republic of Korea presented to Angelenos in 1976. The bell celebrates the U.S. Bicentennial and symbolizes the friendship between the two nations.
2. The Fort MacArthur Museum
Next is the Fort MacArthur Museum, named after the U.S. army post that guarded the LA harbor from 1914 to 1974. At the site, you’ll see the history of Los Angeles harbor defenses and learn about the important role of Los Angeles as a military port.
3. Point Fermin Lighthouse
Near the Korean Bell and the Fort MacArthur Museum is another landmark, the Point Fermin Lighthouse. This was the first navigational light that guided ships into the San Pedro Bay. We enjoyed a guided tour and learned about the lighthouse and its background.
If you’ve seen the movie (500) Days of Summer, you might recognize the lighthouse from the wedding scene!
4. The Battleship Iowa
And finally, we visited the Battleship Iowa. The ship was a mighty view indeed! Built in 1940, it was called the “World’s Greatest Naval Ship” because of its heavy armor, fast speed, longevity and modernization.
After 50 years of service, the Battleship Iowa now calls the LA Waterfront its home. It serves as an interactive naval museum and living memorial.
I try to encourage my son’s interests in history, from reading books to discussing important events in the past. But nothing beats experiencing a slice of history in real life, such as visiting historical places on the LA Waterfront.
If you’re in town, check out the LA Waterfront, where you can experience the rich history Los Angeles has to offer.
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Tell me in the comments: Have you visited the LA Waterfront? Which site looks most interesting to you?