We took the kids to Marina Del Rey last week. To avoid paying the steep parking fee at the Fisherman’s Pier, we parked near the footbridge to the fishing jetty. Then we walked the trail between the jetty and the pier. This is a nice, paved trail along Ballona Creek with outstanding views of sea birds and sailboats. Along the route, we discovered that the few stone sculptures we’d noticed in the summertime (each comprised of three rocks balanced on each other–kinda like a snowman built of boulders) had multiplied since our last visit. They were very eye catching, and even our children admired them. It turns out that there’s a great article describing and explaining this phenomenon in a past issue of the Argonaut (local newspaper). Here’s a link:
When we reached the Fisherman’s Pier, we discovered that the sea lions (along with the pelicans, and storks, and herons, and egrets, and gulls) are still there. We found their antics as they sunbathed highly entertaining. On this visit, they even had a minder to keep people from trying to pet them.
So here’s a bonus link: http://animaltourism.com/regions/CA.html This neat-o chart will give you an idea of what other wild animals your kids can view in different SoCal locations.