Los Alamitos started out primarily as sugar beet farms that soon gave way to a thriving aircraft industry prior to and during WW2. Then the Navy bought up land for a base for reserve training. The new base provided many jobs and spurred growth in the town. After World War 2, Los Alamitos was the busiest reserve air base in the nation for a while. After the war, many of the military personnel stationed there stayed in Los Al (and neighboring Rossmoor) to make it their home. Today the Joint Forces Training Base is a central figure in Los Alamitos life serving as host to many community events. In addition to the base, Los Al has been known for years for the famous Los Alamitos Race Course (even though, technically, it’s in Cypress, it still bears the Los Alamitos name.) It’s biggest employer is the Los Alamitos Medical Center which provides general medical and surgical procedures.
This small city has some pretty big that draw crowds from all around. Among their biggest events are the Race On The Base and their 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Both are held on the Joint Forces Training Base and both attract very large crowds! There is something for everyone at these events so bring all your family and friends! They also sponsor a Spring Carnival and Easter Egg Hunt, a Halloween Trunk or Treat and more events throughout the year.
Los Al is close to three major freeways (the 405, 605 and 91) which makes it a breeze to get anywhere you might want to go in Southern California. If you prefer to avoid freeways, we’re still less than 20 minutes away from Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, or our gorgeous local beaches.
If getting close to nature is appealing to you, you have a number of places to choose from: you can drive down to the beach and enjoy the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge or Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve or you can go to the nearby El Dorado Nature Center. Also, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a short drive from here.
One of the things that draws many people to Los Alamitos is the great schools here. From elementary school through high school, Los Al schools achieve the highest ratings from GreatSchools.org. All of the elementary schools scored 9-10/10 including Los Alamitos Elementary, Jack L. Weaver Elementary, Rossmoor Elementary, Richard Henry Lee Elementary, and Francis Hopkinson Elementary – no matter where your child goes for their k-5 education, you can rest assured that they are getting a top notch education! Your two main choices for middle school, Oak Middle School and Sharon Christa Mcaullife Middle School, both receive 9/10 scores which places them far above state average. The high school, Los Alamitos High School, is highly prized for not only academic excellence but also for its winning athletic programs and nationally recognized arts programs.
There are so many great places to eat in Los Al that I can’t possibly get to all of them here but I just want to mention a few of my favorites. For steak and seafood, my favorite is The Original Fish Company – try the clam chowder, it’s the best around! For a great lunch or dinner with a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere, you have to check out Shenandoah at the Arbor – eating on their patio feels like you’re on vacation. I also love the food at Thailusion, you get great tasting, healthy food. For some of the best Chinese food around go to Fortune Cookies Restaurant. One of my quirkier favorites is Pasty Kitchen – they provide British chicken or beef meat pies and fruit pies. Their menu is very limited and you can only pay by cash but their pasties are a hearty meal by themselves and their prices are very reasonable.