Getting a jump on your New Year’s Resolution to lose 10 pounds and get healthy, but aren’t sure how to combine that with your desire to explore new places? Try Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach, California.
Sand Dune Park is a fantastic creation built by the citizens of Manhattan Beach in 1964 (approximately 30 minutes down the 405 from the west side of Los Angeles). Located at Bell Avenue and 33rd, the park is inviting to families and singletons. The main park area has swings, a climbing gym, a slide, and a variety of other fun equipment. Even during a weekday, the park has many family visitors.
But for singletons looking for exercise, it’s the 100-foot high sand dune that beckons. The area is so popular that they have implemented a reservation system for adults. Kids 12 and under are always allowed to try the course without reservation, but children under the age of five require full-time, adult supervision. Reservations can be made through the city’s website.
If the sand dune looks like a bit too much to handle, the park also offers steps and switchbacks that lead up into the nature area. There are several different trails to try, and you can combine steps with paved inclines. When you get to the top you can see the entire park and the eastern part of the city. Turn around, and you can get a glimpse of the ocean between the residences.
Dogs are permitted on a leash in certain areas, but be aware of the signs so you don’t veer off course. The cement walkways are mid-level inclines, but when I was there people were pushing baby carriages/strollers, so it is doable if that is your goal.
The park area is well-lit and monitored in a variety of places. Obviously, single wanderers should always be aware of their surroundings, but the area appears to be a safe option with decent cell reception should you need assistance.
Enjoy the slideshow of the lovely park perfect for sightseeing and working up a sweat.