Sunday is Father's Day, and while you can always have a picnic in the park or take in dinner and a movie at the local theater, we've got some suggestions for memorable Father's Day activities in the South Bay.
Like volleyball? Why not try participate in Manhattan Beach's ? For $50 per team, take in a recreational game of beach volleyball in this pool-play tournament on the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Participants will receive a T-shirt and other goodies. All proceeds go to Project Fatherhood. To register for the tournament, call 310-802-5448.
After the tournament, grab lunch at , where you can order oysters on the half shell, coconut-crusted mahi mahi sliders, grilled vegetable sandwiches, pastas and other entrees. To make a reservation, call 310-379-9900.
Reserve a spot on one of two fishing boats based out of Redondo Beach at the Redondo Sportfishing Pier. The Tradition, which leaves at 6 a.m., offers three-quarter-day trips to Catalina and the local coast, while the Redondo Special offers half-day trips at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Prices range from $35 per child for a half-day trip to $60 per adult for a three-quarter-day trip. Call at 310-372-2111 for information.
Grab breakfast before your trip or lunch at the end at , a Redondo Beach staple. Try the Old-Fashioned Breakfast—two eggs, two pieces of bacon or sausage, and two pancakes or pieces of French toast—or one of the many other menu items. Don't forget to bring cash; Polly's doesn't accept credit cards.
If your dad's more into the old west, why not take a ride on the trails of the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula? Wagon Wheel Ranch offers one-hour, two-hour, half-day, daylong and moonlight trail rides. They've got horses suitable for beginners and advanced riders. Both English and western saddles are available. Call 310-567-3582 to make a reservation.
Once you're done with your ride, head to dinner at the in Hermosa Beach, where you can laugh as everyone tries to ride the mechanical bull. The combination steakhouse-brewery-bar-nightclub offers great steak and inventive martinis.
Make a Run For It
Put together a relay team (up to 10 people allowed) for the first annual , which was started by a dad to raise money for Hermosa Beach schools. Teams and solo athletes will begin to run the 3.46-mile soft-sand course at 12 p.m. Saturday; the race finishes at 12 p.m. Sunday. Awards will be offered, and the post-race party starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit hermosa24.com. Entry is $120 for a solo runner; team prices vary depending on how many individuals are on the team.
Fuel up for the race with breakfast at in Hermosa Beach on Saturday morning. This Beach Cities favorite on The Strand offers waffles, omelettes, whole-wheat pancakes and California quesadillas, in addition to countless other dishes.
Ready for a Quick Round?
Take in a short round of golf and experience breathtaking ocean views on 's nine-hole, par-3 executive golf course this Father's Day. The Links at Terranea was the No. 2 pick of Golf Magazine's top par-3 courses, named Golf Inc.'s 2009 Development of the Year, and chosen as one of LINKS Magazine's best new courses in 2009. Nine holes of golf will cost $48 for adults all day and $24 for junior players in the afternoon. You can book your reservation online—afternoon tee times are still available on Sunday.
Before you hit the links on Sunday, grab brunch at the Lunada BayHouse Restaurant. The establishment will offer an omelette bar, dessert station, carving station, salad bar and seafood station. Brunch costs $34.95 per adult (not including tax and gratuity) and $14.95 for children ages 10 and under. Reservations are available online.
If you decide to play golf on Saturday, have lunch at Nelson's. The sports bar/restaurant, which is named after the lead character in the old television series Sea Hunt, is located on the cliffs at Terranea. Try the shrimp tacos or Bavarian pretzel as you sip one of their signature cocktails. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.