Seal Beach is a city in Orange County, California.
Early on, the area that is now Seal Beach was known as “Anaheim Landing”, as the boat landing and seaside recreation area named after the nearby town of Anaheim. By the 20th century, it was known as Bay City, but there was already a Bay City located in Northern California. When the time came to incorporate on October 25, 1915, the town was named Seal Beach. The town became a popular recreation destination in the area, and featured a beach-side amusement park long before Disneyland was founded inland.
The second longest wooden pier in California is located in Seal Beach and is used for fishing and sightseeing. There is also a restaurant (Ruby’s Diner) at the end of the pier. Surfing locations in Seal Beach include the Seal Beach pier and the river-“Stingray Bay”. Classic longboard builders in the area include Harbour Surfboards, established in 1959, in Seal Beach.
Seal Beach is also home to the Bay Theatre, a popular venue for independent film and revival screenings.
The Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is located on part of the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.
Seal Beach is currently under the Los Alamitos School District.