Local Gems: Wilmington

Join us for the third CicLAvia Sunday of the 2024 season—and our 52nd CicLAvia Sunday since 2010! CicLAmini—Wilmington is on Sunday, May 19th, from 10am - 3pm. Expect a compact route and a more pedestrian-oriented experience at CicLAmini—Wilmington, featuring activities, street games, local business engagements, and art and cultural activities for all-ages. We encourage you to jog, walk, ride, skate, and bike along the open space.

Wilmington is a 9 square mile neighborhood in the South Bay / Harbor Region of Los Angeles. Alongside the bustling Port of LA and active industrial plants, the Wilmington community continues to embellish their neighborhood with open areas, green spaces, and public art throughout. Take a peek at some of the MANY local gems in the area. Use the CicLAmini Interactive Digital Map to plan out your day!

Check out:

Places To Eat + Shop

Ambrosia Coffee Roasters
748 N Fries Ave, Wilmington, CA 90744

Ambrosia Coffee Roasters  was founded by John Phan with the goal of creating a place for all to be welcomed. John traveled the world to acquire coffee knowledge and bring it back to Wilmington. Swing by for specialty coffee or check their Instagram for details about one of their special events such as: coffee and canvas, open mic, live music, and more!


San Pedro Fish Market Grille
120 W G St #5496, Wilmington, CA 90744

First founded in San Pedro, CA in 1956, San Pedro Fish Market has now made its way over to Wilmington, CA as of 2018. From their shrimp trays, fish tacos, and whole fish, this spot is undoubtedly a seafood lover's paradise.


The Hall Coffee House
600 N Avalon Blvd Unit C, Wilmington, CA 90744

The Hall Coffee House is a mom and pop operated business where you can expect large food portions, excellent coffee, and stellar customer service. 


Maya Mexican Restaurant
401 N Avalon Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744

Maya Mexican Restaurant is known for its high quality Mexican cuisine and unique Mayan paintings by @msyellowart. It is a well known favorite in the Wilmington area.


Hojas Premium Tea House
4501 E Carson St #109, Long Beach, CA 90808

Despite being closed on Sundays, Hojas Premium Tea House is a special spot for you to relax, study, or catch up with friends. They also have morning pastries, seasonal tarts, cookies and cakes!


Things To Do + See

The Banning Museum
401 E M St, Wilmington, CA 90744

The Banning Museum was constructed in 1864 by Phineas Banning (aka “the Father of the Port of Los Angeles”). Originally built as a 23-room residence, the building now serves as a living history experience to educate guests on the history of the Banning family. On event day, the Banning Museum will have free tours at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm with a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children.


South Bay Center for Counseling (SBCC) / Heart of the Harbor Community Farm
550 E L St, Wilmington, CA 90744

Although closed on Sundays, the SBCC / Heart of the Harbor Community Farm is a 2 acre community farm with multiple raised garden beds for people to rent and grow organic fruits and vegetables. The community farm also consists of 100 fruit trees, a walking path, kitchen, stage, fish pond, ducks, chickens, roosters, and much more!


Jimi Hendrix Mural by @davidfloresart
1145 N Avalon Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744

On the side of the Wilmington Barber Lounge is a large mural of the late musician, Jimi Hendrix. American artist, @davidfloresart is a prominent muralist with many of his paintings scattered throughout Los Angeles and around the US!


Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
1052 N Banning Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744

The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is housed in the last remaining original wooden building of the 22 structures built as a military post during the Civil War in the Los Angeles area. Today, it is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of the American Civil War (1861-1865). Here you can find artifacts, books, memorabilia, and battle reenactments. 


The Don Hotel
105 E I St, Wilmington, CA 90744

The Don Hotel opened in 1929 and was the largest and most modern hotel in the harbor area at the time. Famous American actor and singer, Bing Crosby as well as American newspaper publisher and politician, William Randolph Heast had their own suites at the hotel during its heyday. The Don Hotel currently operates as senior apartments.


Avalon Arts & Cultural Alliance
544 N Avalon Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744

Avalon Arts & Cultural Alliance is a non-profit organization that has been in the Harbor Area since 2015. They dedicate their time and work to promoting the economic development in the area, establishing strong connections for the youth through the arts, and cultivating a network of community artists. On CicLAmini Sunday, they will be having a Creative Center from 10am - 3pm!


Wilmington Iron Works Building
432 W C St, Wilmington, CA 90744

The Wilmington Iron Works Building has been in business for almost 100 years and is the oldest running machine and industrial repair shop in the Los Angeles Harbor Region since opening in 1920.


Wilmington Recreation Center
325 N Neptune Ave, Wilmington, CA 90744

With a skate park, basketball courts, baseball fields, fitness zone, children's play areas, community/senior centers, the Wilmington Recreation Center is a great open, green space for the residents of Wilmington to get active and enjoy the great outdoors.


Wilmington Waterfront Park
W C St, Wilmington, CA 90744

Completed in early 2011, this expansive park acts as a green space buffer between the Port of Los Angeles and the neighborhood of Wilmington. The park consists of about 30 acres of fields and walkways. It’s a great place for biking, walking, running, and other forms of recreation. It’s also located beside one of the Hubs along our Wilmington route.


Wilmington Waterfront Promenade
301 S Avalon Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744

Located less than a mile south of the Wilmington Waterfront Park is the Wilmington Waterfront Promenade. What was once previously an inaccessible port is now an open/green space for people to congregate alongside the waterfront.


Mexican Fan Palm Trees
Avalon Blvd between M and C St, Wilmington, CA 90744

The Mexican Fan Palm Trees that line Avalon Blvd, installed in advance of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, are some of the earliest Mexican Fan Palm Trees in Los Angeles. These trees kicked off a major trend in our city. We can thank this beautification project for the iconic palm trees that continue to add charm to boulevards and avenues across LA today.



We can't wait to see you all at CicLAmini—Wilmington on May 19. Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss out on updates on future events.

These events are made possible by contributions from people like you. To support more open streets, consider making a tax-deductible donation here today!

Photos courtesy of: @hojasteahouse, @ambrosiacoffee, @sanpedrofish, @thehallcoffeehouse, @davidfloresart, @drumbarracks, @portflicks_ , @wilmington_chronicles, @portofla, and @farahsosa