El Segundo

El Segundo is along the Pacific Ocean, just south of LAX in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

14 things to do

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Toyota Sports Center

A public skating facility located at the corner of Nash Street and Mariposa Avenue, adjacent to the LA Metro station. The facilities include an Olympic sized ice rink, NHL sized hockey rink, indoor in-line hockey rink, indoor basketball court, cafe serving hot food and drinks, gymnasium for professional athletes, skate rental shop, fully stocked skate and hockey pro shop, and locker and shower facilities. This is the official training facility for the Lakers NBA basketball team and the Los Angeles Kings NHL hockey team. The TSC is also home to the Angel City Derby Girls, LA's only flat track roller derby league. The TSC also houses the 7th largest organized adult ice hockey league in the nation.

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America's Best Value Inn & Suites- LAX/El Segundo

The immediate area may be gritty, and the building may not be attractive, but the rooms are pretty spacious and perfectly OK, especially for the price. If you have a lot of time to spend in LA, you might want to be somewhere where planes bound for LAX don't pass close enough for you to smell the exhaust, but if you want to be close to LAX and pay as little as possible for a decent value, consider this hotel. Plenty of free parking for hotel guests, good complimentary Wi-Fi. No smoking and no outside guests allowed to visit your room after 9PM. Free shuttle to and from LAX available. Front desk manned 24 hours/day.

Hummus House

Unusually delicious Levantine food, pleasant decor (part of the restaurant looks like a tent) and very nice service. The combo plates, such as the vegetarian plate and the two kabob combinations, are great values. Not surprisingly, the restaurant specializes in hummus and makes several different varieties, but while you absolutely should take the opportunity to enjoy some hummus, don't miss their lentil soup, which just might redefine your conception of what lentil soup is.

The Hummus Factory

An unassuming Lebanese restaurant located in a strip-mall near downtown El Segundo, the Hummus Factory is generally packed at lunch times. The menu offers a small selection of simple yet well-prepared dishes including kabobs, falafel, and of course numerous hummus choices. Ordering is done from a counter, and the staff then prepares your meal and brings it out to you.

The Purple Orchid

This bar is tiki-themed with a small stage that sees local bands playing regularly. It is often described as one of the best tiki-themed bars in Southern California, but even for the most demanding critics, if it's a tiki bar you want this place won't disappoint. Drinks are somewhat on the pricey side, with cocktails averaging about $8.50.

DRINK   —  +1 310-322-5829 —  221 Richmond St

The Lakes Golf Course

This nine hole, par 29, 1,327-yard municipal course won't be hosting any PGA tour events anytime soon, but it's an excellent course for beginners or those with an extended layover at LAX. There is also a double-deck driving range and a large putting area.

Paul Martin's American Bistro

“Eat organic. Believe in sustainable. Buy local. Love fresh” is the mantra of Paul Martin’s American Bistro. As much as possible, that’s what Paul Martin’s aims to deliver, and at accessible prices, with plates priced mostly between $10 and $22.

The Tavern on Main

Well, it's a tavern, and it's located on Main. Live bands on weekends, happy hour on weekdays from 11AM (yes, 11AM) until 6:30PM, and free wireless internet for those who like their web surfing with a beer buzz.

DRINK   —  +1 310-322-3645 —  123 Main St.

Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo

Free shuttle rides from LAX and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are fairly big and equipped with balconies and free Internet. Facilities include outdoor pool, indoor whirlpool, and a (very minimal) fitness center.

Dockweiler State Beach

Located partially in El Segundo, including the only RV park on the beach in California.

Concord Hotel

Weekly rates, not often available. Common bathrooms. WiFi available, free and FON.com

SLEEP   —  +1 310-322-6116 —  221 Concord St

About El Segundo

El Segundo is one of the oldest cities in the Los Angeles area. It is generally accepted that the city is named after the second (''el segundo'' in Spanish) Standard Oil refinery on the West Coast, built in 1911. El Segundo is two cities in one. The coastal portion is a residential suburb with a charming Main Street which looks frozen in time. Locals both affectionately and derisively call it "Mayberry By The Sea", referring to the sleepy fictional town which was the setting for the American television show "The Andy Griffith Show" in the early 1960s. The "inland portion" of El Segundo is a thriving business district. Many large aerospace companies have facilities in El Segundo, including Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and The Aerospace Corporation, which is headquartered there. It is also home to the Los Angeles Air Force Base and the Space and Missile Systems Center and Toy Manufacturer Mattel. El Segundo is also home to the blue butterfly, now an endangered species.These butterflies, which once used to reside in the sand dunes of El Segundo over an area of 4.5 square miles, have now been pushed into three small areas of what is left of those dunes.

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