While you might not immediately think of outdoor fun and
adventure when you hear Carson,
California mentioned, there
actually are quite a few great places to enjoy the outdoors. From parks and
beaches to nature preserves and pools, there is an outdoor activity for
everyone in or near Carson.
There are more than 15 parks in Carson, including a few public swimming
centers. The Dominguez
for example has an activity pool, an adult pool and a kiddie pool, as well as
shade structures and water sprayers. This pool facility can be found on Santa Fe Avenue,
while another, called the Hemingway
is located on South San Pedro
Street. This center also has a kiddie and adult
pool as well as water sprayers and two 16 and a half foot dueling water slides.
You can also cool off at Anderson Park,
which can be found on Wilmington
Avenue. This park has a refreshing wading pool as
well as picnic areas and a Frisbee golf course. This park also features an
outdoor amphitheater where you can see lots of free events and concerts
throughout the year. Another park with picnic areas, a wading pool and another
Frisbee golf course can be found at Mills
Park located on Diamondale Drive.
Taking a 15 minute drive, directly south of Carson, will take you to
San Pedro, which is home to lots of beautiful parks. Four of the best are
located on the Pacific shoreline and each offer breathtaking views of the ocean
and plenty of picnic tables. These parks include Point
and White Point State Park.
A 25 minute drive south west of Carson
will bring you to Rolling Hills where you can explore the wilderness of the Portuguese
Bend Reserve. This huge park has a large number of trails that meander throughout
the picturesque canyons and stunning vistas as well as breathtaking views of Santa Catalina Island. Trails at this park are generally
multi-use and can be traveled by hiking, biking or horseback riding.
For those who love to skateboard, be sure to check out
Veterans Park on Moneta Avenue
back in Carson.
This 12 acre park has a lot to offer from trails to picnic areas, but the best
part is the 10,000 square foot skate park. The park, called Carson Skate
Park, has a four foot
high capsule and a four foot deep horseshoe bowl as well as street tranny and
small scale obstacles. The only rules of the park are that skaters must wear
elbow and knee pads and a helmet. There is also no skating allowed after dark.
One of the most popular indoor/outdoor activities in the Carson area is Go Kart
World, which can be found on Recreation
Road, directly off I-405. Here you can choose from
over six different tracks for go kart racing and there is also a track for
small kids, a bumper car car racetrack, a great arcade room and a restaurant
too. This adventurous spot was voted best go kart facility in the Los Angeles area many
times. A fun fact about Go Kart World is that both Andrew Garcia and Kanye West
love this place and visit often. So be sure to be on the lookout for these guys
and other celebrities who love Go Kart World!
Of course, there is no shortage of outdoor water activities
in and around Carson as it is located so close
to the Pacific Ocean. Take the short six mile
trip down to the Redondo Beach Pier where you and your traveling companions can
experience water sports such as scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, paddle
boarding and more. There are lots of shops in the area where you can rent
bicycles and beach buggies to cruise up and down the coast. The pier also
features tons of great restaurants where you can eat outdoors while you enjoy
the beautiful weather and scenery. Next door at the Redondo Beach International
Boardwalk and Marina you can charter a boat for an out to sea tour or deep sea