Carson is also where the South Bay Pavilion Mall is located. The mall is anchored by stores such as Sears, Ikea, JC Penney, and last but not least,Target. Other stores located in this mall include The Children’s Place and Big 5. You’ll even find a franchise for one of the most well known pizza restaurants: Chuck E. Cheese. Dining options at the South Bay Pavilion include Panera Bread, Tony Roma’s, Chili’s and SanSai Japanese Grill. There are also options for antiquing in Carson; be sure to check the Memory Lanes Antique Mall located on South Figueroa where you can casually browse over several hundred different antique retailers in one place.
Traveling just six miles directly west of Carson will take you to The Redondo Beach Pier. Here you’ll be able to spend a day shopping or doing fun activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving or surfing. Stay for the evening as the pier comes alive at night and is great place to enjoy dinner and nightclubs. Be sure to check out a calendar for the pier when planning your trip as it hosts festivals and free concerts throughout the year.
Long Beach is located just 15 minutes southeast of Carson and has a number of fun attractions for the whole family. While in Long Beach be sure to check out the Aquarium of the Pacific Northeast, the Queen Mary, Seal Beach, Parker’s Lighthouse and the Museum of Latin American Arts. Just on the other side of Long Beach you will find Knott’s Berry Farm, a theme park that features 160 acres and with 38 rides as well as a water park. If traveling with children who love Snoopy, you will definitely want to check out the Peanuts themed part of the park.
Of course no visit to Carson could be considered complete without a short 20 minute trip up to the northern Los Angeles area to see Beverley Hills and Hollywood. Some of the must visit places and activities here include the Getty museum, the famous street of Rodeo Drive, Celebrity Homes bus tours, film production studio tours, LaBrea Tar Pits, Venice Beach, the famous Hollywood Sign, the Chinese Theater and of course the Walk of Fame. This is also the area where you’ll find Universal Studios them park which offers lots of fun for both children and adults alike.
Just 26 miles directly east of Carson in Anaheim is where you’ll find the Disneyland Park and Resort. This huge complex has grown over the years and now includes the original Disneyland Park as well as the newer Disney California Adventure Park as well as The Disneyland Resort, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and the Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Also nearby in Anaheim is the Honda Center where the NHL team the Mighty Ducks play.
Because Carson is so conveniently located near the Pacific Ocean, there are lots of opportunities for fun in the sun on the beach. From Santa Monica, just 30 minutes northwest of Carson to Sunset Beach just 30 minutes southeast of Carson, there are a number of great beaches to visit. All of which offer access to the Pacific Ocean, bicycle, kayak and surf board rentals. There are also many companies that offer kayaking tours or surfing lessons as well.