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South Bay nature walks

Madrona Marsh in Torrance, a 10-acre habitat for local plants and wildlife
Madrona Marsh in Torrance, a 10-acre habitat for local plants and wildlife
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Looking for a way to unwind with the whole family during winter break? Want to walk off the calories from heavy holiday meals? Visit these South Bay spots for some fresh air:

Madrona Marsh Nature Center (3201 Plaza Del Amo in Torrance):  A 10-acre preserve that is home to a wide variety of plants and wildlife. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the marsh Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also regularly scheduled guided walks for children and other events (click here for more information). There is no admission fee.

Hermosa Valley Greenbelt: A 3.5-mile pedestrian-only trail between Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach that takes you through lush vegetation and flowers.

Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park (25820 S. Vermont Ave. in Harbor City): This park features a lake, hiking paths and jogging trails, as well as a playground and barbecue areas.

Point Fermin Park (807 Paseo Del Mar in San Pedro): This 37-acre park features colorful gardens, picnic areas, a playground, amphitheater, two jogging trails, and a breathtaking view of the coast toward Catalina Island. 

South Coast Botanic Garden (26300 Crenshaw Blvd. in Palos Verdes Peninsula):  This 87-acre botanic garden boasts more than 2,500 species of plants from Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa. Admission varies from $3 to $8, depending on the age of the visitor (children under 4 get in free). Open every day except Christmas Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sale at 4:30 p.m.).

For more ideas on what to do this winter break, read this article by the LA Education Headlines Examiner, Amber Banks.