Attractions & Recreation

 

A vertical launch missile canister is loaded onto a guided missile destroyer at the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach wharf.Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach is a United States Navy weapons and munitions loading, storage and maintenance facility that comprises 2/3 of the land within the city of Seal Beach. Since World War Two the base has evolved into the Navy’s primary West Coast ordnance storage, loading and maintenance installation.

The station has an active environmental cleanup program. One-fifth of the facility’s land area has been designated as a National Wildlife Refuge (the only such refuge within a five-county area), and is home to many endangered and threatened species.  The station is also home to the nation’s West Coast WWII Submarine Memorial.

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Seal Beach is the home of Leisure World, a private, one-square-mile gated senior citizen community of approximately 7-10,000 persons.

Residents own compact one and two bedroom apartments or modern condominiums in the community, many that overlook luscious greenbelts or with golf course views.

The Red Car Historical Museum

red carThe Seal Beach Historical and Cultural Society runs the Red Car Historical Museum located on the old Pacific Electric Right of Way on Electric Avenue just west of Main Street in downtown Seal Beach next to the Mary Wilson Library.

Car No. 1734 is a rare Pacific Electric tower car built in 1925 which serves as the museum headquarters. It was once a roving machine shop sent out to troubleshoot problems along the 40-mile Pacific Electric LA-Newport Line. A center tower was used for repairs and maintenance on the overhead lines. It operated for almost 50 years until 1950.

The museum displays photographs of early Seal Beach, sea shells and Indian artifacts collected locally.

Main Street Seal Beach

sbpano06CA shopper’s paradise Main Street Seal Beach has nearly 50 unique gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and over two dozen dining establishments, all in just three short blocks stretching from Pacific Coast Highway to Ocean Avenue and the Seal Beach Pier.

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Area

Marsh_with_sky_Tim_AndersonOver one thousand acres of the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge are located on the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach base and can be accessed for tours for four or more visitors, with 48 hours notice by calling the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce at (562) 799-0179.

Seal Beach Beaches

5C6A8170Seal Beach offers surfers and beach lovers access to a comfortable and accessible beach on both sides of the Seal Beach Pier. There are bathrooms and outside showers available for beach goers and surfers as well as parking lots on both sides of the pier.

The Seal Beach Lifeguard Headquarters are located at the base of the pier, and the Seal Beach Police pier volunteer substation is located directly above the lifeguard headquarters.

Seal Beach Area Libraries

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Mary Wilson Branch Library
707 Electric Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740
562-431-3584
Leisure World Branch Library
2300 Beverly Manor Road
Seal Beach, CA 90740
562-598-2431
or 714-840-4971
Los Alamitos-Rossmoor
Branch Library

12700 Montecito Drive
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Phone: 562-430-1048