Cerritos has become one of the Los Angeles region's most affluent suburbs, part of the Gateway Cities region of southeastern Los Angeles County. It is conveniently located near both Disneyland and the attractions of downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, known for its nationally-recognized civic buildings and Olympic swimming and fitness center, used as a practice facility for the 1984 Summer Olympics.
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Cerritos Library was originally designed and constructed in the 1970s as a new municipal library for the city separate from the greater County of Los Angeles Public Library system. It was redesigned and rededicated in 2002 as the Cerritos Millennium Library, conceived as a "library of the future" and the world's first Experience Library, offering more than 200 computer workstations and 300,000 books. It now encompasses 88,500 square feet and features a small children's reading museum with a pint-sized aquarium, theater, arts and crafts room, and a model space shuttle. Other themed reading areas include an Old World Reading Room, which offers rare leather-bound books and historic first additions, and an Art Deco-style World Traditions Room, which offers print and multimedia resources in a number of international languages. It has been named as America's best public library by publications such as Reader's Digest and is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.
18025 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703, Phone: 562-916-1350
2.Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
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Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts is Cerritos' premiere performing arts venue, owned and overseen by the City of Cerritos. The facility is modeled after iconic SoCal venues such as the Los Angeles Music Center and the Orange County Performing Arts Center, constructed in 1987 at a cost of $60 million. Today, it hosts more than 150 concerts and theatrical performances between August and May and has hosted top international artists and companies such as Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The 154,000-square-foot entertainment complex features a convertible theater that can be arranged in six different settings, including arena and recital hall seating. Conference and banquet facilities are also available at the Sierra Conference Center.
18000 Park Plaza Dr, Cerritos, CA 90703, Phone: 562-916-8510
3.Cerritos Towne Center
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Cerritos Towne Center is a major retail park within Cerritos' city center that houses civic structures such as the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, the Cerritos Millennium Library, and Cerritos City Hall. The center was constructed on 125 acres of former dairy farm land and opened its first phase to the public in 1990, with commercial retailers opening to the public four years later as part of its second phase. Today, the center is home to anchor stores such as Best Buy, Trader Joe's, Kohl's, and Wal-Mart, along with specialty women's, men's, and children's retailers such as Dress Barn, Men's Wearhouse, ULTA, and GNC. A number of popular chain restaurants are also housed throughout the open-air center, including Mimi's Cafe, T.G.I. Friday's, Macaroni Grill, and Starbucks Coffee.
12731 Towne Center Dr, Cerritos, CA 90703, Phone: 562-522-9230
4.Cerritos Sculpture Garden
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Cerritos Sculpture Garden was dedicated to the community of Cerritos in 2006 as a 50th anniversary present for the city and its people. The garden is overseen by the City of Cerritos and offers a growing collection of public artwork set across spacious outdoor areas lined with trees, courtyard walls, and public seating areas. The space continues to grow and develop, offering a showcase capacity of 20 sculptures. Current sculptures include the Cerritos Air Disaster Memorial, remembering the victims of a 1986 Aeromexico crash that killed 64 passengers, and the stainless steel light sculpture Infinity, designed by artist Cliff Garten to change color throughout the day and interact with the garden's lighting and shadows. Rotating sculptures are also showcased for several years at a time, with past works including Lyle London's Flame and Jeff Zischke's Joker.
183rd St, Cerritos, CA 90703, Phone: 562-860-0311
5.Cerritos Farmers Market
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Cerritos Farmers Market is a weekly urban farmer's market held every Saturday morning at the Cerritos Towne Center between 8:00am and 12:00pm. The market is held within the parking lot of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and offers farm-fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, along with a wide variety of home and baked goods, including flowers, honey, and bread. The market has been managed by the City of Cerritos since 2001 and is held weekly rain or shine throughout the year, with the exception of major holidays. Free parking for market customers is offered at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.
Park Plaza Dr, Cerritos, CA 90703, Phone: 562-294-1285
6.Sport Fishing with Dan Hernandez
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Sport Fishing with Dan Hernandez is the charter fishing tour company of local SoCal celebrity Captain Dan Hernandez, host of the reality sportsman television show Sport Fishing with Dan Hernandez, which is California's longest-running fishing television program. The master fisherman has been educating the Los Angeles region on angling for more than 30 years, teaching both novice and expert fishermen skills to help them navigate Southern California's seasonal migrations and water conditions. Private and group fishing charter excursions are available, chaperoned by Hernandez himself. Television fishing excursions may also be booked, giving visitors a chance to be featured as guest fishermen on Hernandez's weekly television series.
11138 Business Cir, Cerritos, CA 90703, Phone: 562-865-3764
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Native Visions is a family-owned Native American jewelry gallery and store that brings the Santa Fe artisan shopping experience to Southern California. The gallery honors the artistic visions and talents of celebrated indigenous artists throughout the American Southwest, including handpicked pieces created by prominent contemporary Cherokee, Navajo, Hop, Zuni, and Santo Domingo artists. The gallery has been in business since 1993 and focuses on turquoise, coral, and other semi-precious stone jewelry, offering full men's and women's collections alongside a wide selection of crystals, palm stones, and other precious stones. In addition to pieces available at the gallery's physical location, many additional items are available for purchase on the store's Etsy site.
1327 183rd St, Cerritos, CA 90703, Phone: 562-402-6088
8.Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill
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Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill is a chain of casual American grill restaurants that offers 10 locations throughout the Southern California area, including a location at Cerritos Towne Center. The award-winning restaurant has been featured in national and international publications such as Zagat, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, earning accolades as Southern California's best barbecue restaurant. It is known for signature dishes such as its Premium American baby-back ribs, USDA Choice tri-tip roasts, and high-quality Angus steaks and burgers. A wide selection of bar appetizers and health-conscious fare is also offered, along with a full children's menu and to-go service. Beer flights are served from its full bar, along with an extensive wine and cocktail list.
12801 Towne Center Drive, Cerritos, CA 90703, Phone: 562-865-0202
9.Gen Korean BBQ House
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Gen Korean BBQ House is a chain of Korean barbecue houses offering more than 25 locations throughout the American West, including locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. It strives to bring diners authentic Korean barbecue with global fusion flair, eschewing the buffet environment of many Asian chain restaurants for an immersive full-service experience with dishes grilled by staff directly at diners' tables. An extensive menu features dishes highlighting meat, seafood, and vegetable barbecue options, complemented by traditional Korean ban-chan small plates. All-you-can-eat options are available, with non-alcoholic beverages such as Japanese tea and premium soft drinks served alongside dishes.
11472 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703, Phone: 562-991-5411
10.Amor y Tacos
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Amor y Tacos is a critically-acclaimed Cerritos restaurant operated by executive chef Thomas Ortega, best known for his unique brand of Alta California cuisine. The award-winning restaurant is co-owned by restauranteur Todd Tsujioka and serves Chicano-inspired dishes prepared directly within its chef-driven kitchen, highlighting unique items such as chile relleno burgers, beer-battered fish tacos, Mexican white shrimp, and Doritos chilaquiles. A live tortilla station is offered near the restaurant's entrance, along with a full craft cocktail bar serving Mexican-inspired tequila and mezcal concoctions alongside craft beers, fine wines, and housemade sangrias. The restaurant's sister facilities, Playa Amor and Ortega120, also offer fine Alta California cuisine throughout the Southern California region.
13333 South Street, Cerritos, CA 90703, Phone: 562-860-2667
10 Best Things to Do in Cerritos, California
- Cerritos Library, Photo: Courtesy of monticellllo - Fotolia.com
- Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Photo: Courtesy of magicbeam - Fotolia.com
- Cerritos Towne Center, Photo: Courtesy of kowit1982 - Fotolia.com
- Cerritos Sculpture Garden, Photo: Cerritos Sculpture Garden
- Cerritos Farmers Market, Photo: Courtesy of Moving Moment - Fotolia.com
- Sport Fishing with Dan Hernandez, Photo: Courtesy of lunamarina - Fotolia.com
- Native Visions, Photo: Native Visions
- Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill, Photo: Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill
- Gen Korean BBQ House, Photo: Gen Korean BBQ House
- Amor y Tacos, Photo: Amor y Tacos
- Cover Photo: City of Cerritos