Whether you’re a Tourist or a Townie, there’s always something different and fun to do in the Los Angeles area. But the cost of fun in the City of Angels can add up fast. Below is number 24 in a series of 25 things to do in Los Angeles that will cost $25 or less.
Go whale watching in Santa Monica Bay.
The Port of Los Angeles is rich in sea life, including sea lions, pelicans, Bottlenose dolphins and several species of whales. It’s also a dynamic shipping port with lots of fascinating activity.
The best time of year to see whales here is January through March when they’re migrating from Alaska to warmer waters in Baja. Typically, you’ll see Gray Whales, Fin Whales and, less frequently, Humpback Whales and Blue Whales. In January, 2012, Orcas were seen in these waters, a very rare sight.
A couple of years ago, there was a large pod of Blue Whales that hung around the port to feed on masses of krill that came into the bay. I was out on the Exy Johnson tall ship for a couple of sails during that time and had the great privilege of seeing these beautiful animals up close. Several of them came right up to our ship, swam under us, followed alongside, and went right under my feet on the bowsprit. Some of them were longer than our ship, which is 111 feet overall!
Spirit Cruises in the Port of Los Angeles offers a two-hour whale watch for $25.00 for adults, $15.00 for children ages 5-12 years, available January through March only. Reservations are required. Spirit Cruises is located at Ports O’Call Village, Berth 77, San Pedro, CA90731. Call 310-548-8080 for reservations or go to www.spiritmarine.com for more information.