According to archaeological evidence, the Tongva people fished and hunted in the Gardena area. The Tongva Indians, also known as Gabrielino Indians, are likely to be descendants of those who crossed from Asia into North America approximately 10,000 years ago.
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Three years after Los Angeles’ foundation, Juan Jose Dominguez (1736-1809), a Spanish colonial soldier who arrived in San Diego with Fernando Rivera y Moncada 1769, was granted the nearly 43,000-acre (or 170 km2) Spanish land grant Rancho San Pedro. A portion of this land included what was later known as Gardena Valley. In 1784, Juan Jose Dominguez (1736-1809), a soldier from Spain who arrived in San Diego in 1769 with Fernando Rivera and Moncada, was awarded the approximately 43,000-acre (70 km2) Spanish land grant Rancho San Pedro.
Tokyo Central & Main
Gardena is home to a large Japanese-American community. It’s not surprising that Tokyo Central & Main can be found in this area. This supermarket and novelty shop are the perfect place for Hello Kitty, green tea, and bento boxes. You don’t need to be a Japanese fanatic to enjoy Tokyo Central & Main.
The vast array of imported goods, including groceries and electronics, toys and anime items, as well as novelty and Hawaiian foods and other items will keep you entertained. Staff are friendly and provide exceptional service. The staff will even assist you with your grocery shopping. After all the shopping, you are ready to eat. There is a food court that offers many Asian dishes like ramen bowls and cream puffs.
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Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Sky Zone Trampoline park is a wall-to-wall aerial activity spot that gives exercise a whole new dimension. Sky Zone features enormous trampolines that are suspended from the ceilings and angled trampolines that hang from adjacent walls. This makes for an exhilarating yet safe experience. You can get a great cardio workout by Skyjousting or an adrenaline rush from Ultimate Dodgeball. There are also organized sporting events and freestyle bouncing.
Different days provide different sports. You can also check the Sky Zone website or give them a call. Every organized activity is set up according to age groups. A seven-year old will not be able to compete with a 17 year-old. Don’t forget about Fuel Zone, Sky Zone where you can rehydrate and reenergize before you start another round of Dodgeball or Skyslam or any other activity.
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Hustler Casino – Roll the dice
Hustler Casino is a Monte Carlo-style casino. The luxurious casino has a gaming area of 60,000 square feet (5574 square meters). It features ninety-one poker tables and other games. You won’t find any slots machines here because the casino is focused on tournaments and card games. Hustler Casino offers many special attractions and promotional items to keep you entertained at the tables. The club room is a glamorous place with sexy card players and a disc jockey. Hustler Casino is strictly for adults. You cannot bring anyone under 21.
Larry Flynt’s Bar & Grill offers delicious food. Try their famous Kabobs. You’ll also find great daily specials and other delicious menu options to keep you fueled up for high-stakes gaming action. Hustler Casino is a great place to have fun, no matter if you fold or hold ’em.
Joyful Expressions Paints & Taste Studio
Joyful Expressions Paint & Taste Studio invites guests to enjoy wine while learning from local artists how they create their own masterpieces. The Joyful Expressions Studio hosts private parties, as well as at your home. A teacher will guide you through each step of the painting session. The staff are friendly, engaged, and dedicated to helping you become the artist within. You can find a list of public events on the website, such as the “Bottomless Mimosas”, 2 Wings, a Waffle Paint, and Sip Brunch”. Prices will vary depending on the event.
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El Antojito’s taco truck offers delicious Mexican food and sweet treats. El Antojito offers a “killer spicy barbacoa” and has a nearby paletas or aguas friscas shop. To accompany your 1 USD plate of tacos, torta Cubana, or shrimp cevichetostada, you can buy one of seven rotating frozen aguas fricas. A great deal! El Antojito is open late so you can satisfy your late-night cravings.
Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve
The Gardena Willows and Wetland Preserve is one of the few remaining wetlands in Los Angeles. It connects visitors to 13.6 acres (5.5 ha) of upland that surrounds the wetlands. You will find water features, as well as a wide variety of native animals and plants in the preserve. The Perimeter Trail offers great views of the upland and wetlands as well as wildlife. The public can also access the ZigZag Bridge and Overlook Deck from this trail.
To provide shaded areas for people to rest and enjoy the views, rustic benches have been placed all over the preserve. Be on the lookout as you stroll the garden trails for monarch butterflies. The preserve is open to public every Sunday (docent-led), and the fourth Saturday (self guided) of each month. Hours are from 1 to 4 PM. You can also arrange group tours. Don’t forget your binoculars, bug spray, and a pair of binoculars when you go!
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The Park covers 38 acres and is designated as a conservation area. It allows passive recreation such as hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, and bird watching. Only permits are required to allow dogs into the park. Sundays and Wednesdays are off limits. You can find the application form for a Dog Permit, which includes rules and regulations regarding the presence of dogs within the Conservation Park.
Dog Permit Application 2022-2023 with instructions