Sand Dune Park

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Sand Dune Park

Located at 33rd and Bell Avenue
Developed in 1964
Hours Open:
Daylight Saving Time - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

This park acquired its name from the 100-foot high sand dune located there. It is a favorite destination for kids of all ages. Steps and switchbacks lead up into the nature area as a trail that provides different ways to reach the top. The trail winds through plant life and provides an interesting and educational nature walk. The top of the dune provides a panoramic east-facing view of the City.

This three-acre park also includes a fenced small children's play area with swings, merry-go-round and climbing equipment. The park has shaded picnic facilities for about 20 people each, an open pavilion and two picnic tables. Restrooms and drinking fountains are also available.

Dogs are permitted on leash along the designated walking area east of the tot lot and along cement walkways as posted.

Bird Watching
Illustration of bird with worm in its beakSand Dune Park is a great bird watching spot in the South Bay! Bob Shanman with Wild Birds Unlimited has spotted at least 163 different species of birds in Manhattan Beach's own Sand Dune Park!


Sand Dune Reservation System

The implementation of the reservation system is expected to help keep the use of the Sand Dune at a sustainable level for the neighborhood and reduce maintenance costs. The next time you visit the Sand Dune, you may also notice some fencing along the north edge that is in place to protect a vegetative colony of a native, but very rare, flower called the Orcutt’s Yellow Pincushion. The Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Park is a treasure for many people and purposes and we hope that you will use and enjoy it respectfully! Sand Dune reservations cannot be made over the phone or in person, they must be made online, including payment.

Sand Dune Fees (non-refundable unless the City closes the Sand Dune):
Manhattan Beach Residents: $1.05
Non-Manhattan Beach Residents: $3.16

Season Sand Dune Reservation Time Slots
(November 7th through January 31st)
8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM*
*3:00 PM time slot is 1.5 hours long to accommodate daylight saving time.

(February 1st through March 12th)

8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM,
4:30 PM
Late Spring/Summer
(March 13th through September 30th)
8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM,
4:30 PM, 6:00 PM
(October 1st through November 6th)
8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM,
4:30 PM
  • Reservation Rules
    • Making a reservation will ensure a full hour of dune usage if patron arrives on time.
    • Patron must be present within the first 10 minutes of the reservation time with their picture ID.
    • If patron has not arrived within 10 minutes of the reservation, the reservation slot will be released to older adults (age 55+), Sand Dune Membership holders, active public safety officials, or military personnel (both active and retired).
    • Personal training of any kind is strictly prohibited. M.B.M.C 12.48.054
  • Patrons 13 and over
    • All patrons age 13 and over must have a reservation to use the dune. M.B.M.C.12.48.100.
    • Reservation times are for one hour only, per day, per patron.
  • Children 12 and under
    • The dune and dune family play area are open seven (7) days a week from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM for all children 12 and under only; no reservation required.
    • All children five (5) and under require full-time adult supervision in the family play area. M.B.M.C.12.48.054
    • The use of any substance or device other than standard cardboard for sliding down the dune by children only is prohibited. M.B.M.C.12.48.053.
    • No more than 20 children allowed on the dune at a time. M.B.M.C. 12.48.054
  • Walk-Up Hours
    • Older Adults (55+), Active Public Safety officials, or Military Personnel (both active and retired) may use the dune on a walk up basis, no reservation needed.
    • In order to ensure online reservations are honored, walk-up participants will be allowed on the dune 10 minutes after each reservation time slots if it has not reached its capacity of 20 people.
    • A picture ID with date of birth must be presented and will be checked to verify age/employment status (if military or public safety).
    • Walk up hours entitle participants to 50 minutes of dune usage
  • Sand Dune Membership

    Beginning January 2015, monthly memberships for use of the Sand Dune will be available year-round for purchase. Monthly memberships can be purchased one month at a time, or all at once for the year. Previous rules regarding usage of the Sand Dune still apply:

    • A monthly Sand Dune membership will be sold for those interested in using the dune multiple times
    • In order to ensure online reservations are honored, Sand Dune Members will be allowed on the dune 10 minutes after each reservation time slot if it has not reached its capacity of 20 people
    • A picture ID must be presented and will be checked to verify patron as a Sand Dune Member
    • Membership entitles members to 50 minutes of dune usage
    • Memberships will cost $20 per month for residents of Manhattan Beach and $30 for nonresident and must be purchased online
    • Only 50 memberships will be sold per month


Picnic Shelter

Reservations for parties over 15 are required and must be made ten (10) business days in advance. For reservations, please contact the Facility Reservations Clerk via email or call (310) 802-5448. Please visit the Indoor and Outdoor Facility Price List webpage for price information.

Size 2 tables under shelter

Maximum Capacity 50 people Length of Use Minimum 2 hours
Maximum 4 hours
Hours Available Monday through Sunday
8:00 AM to Dusk
Equipment N/A
Appropriate for the following types of events: Parties, picnics, outdoor gatherings

Sand Dune Nature Preserve Wildflowers

Updated on 05/02/2016 11:24 AM

(2016) California native wildflowers are blooming on the Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Nature Preserve despite less than half the normal rainfall this season. To illustrate what a little more rain can accomplish we show a comparison photo of the Sand Dune Nature Preserve in 2009 with a little over 60% of normal rainfall. Presented here are photos of the four predominate California native wildflowers now in bloom on the Sand Dune Nature Preserve. Also blooming, but not pictured, are the invasive non-native Iceplant and Sour Grass. Please enjoy viewing from outside the fence as foot traffic is not permitted within the Preserve. Photography by Dennis White.