Families searching for the ideal beach in Los Angeles will love Cabrillo because it offers all of the relaxation and seaside fun of a beach, but is close to other attractions that keep the kids from getting board. The beach features a pier, barbecue grills for picnics, windsurfing activities, volleyball courts, tidepools, public restrooms with showers, a bait and tackle shop, and a boat ramp. There are dining options at the beach. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours. The nearby Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Coastal Park are a great destination for those who want to turn their beaching-going experience into a chance to get educated. The park features a variety of beach habitats and tidepools, as well as a salt marsh. This is also a great place for birdwatching. The coastal park is the location of the Southern California Bathhouse, which is actually an historic site, as well as the beach's fishing pier and boat launch ramp. Kids will love to wander over to the tide pools during low tide and see a variety of marine life. The aquarium has been in operation since 1935 and features a variety of seaside displays and exhibits so families can explore ecological awareness, science, marine biology, and the scientific research studies that go on everyday in the area.