Nestled between Long Beach, Southgate and Southern Los Angeles, Paramount encompasses just 4.8 square miles, but its convenience its neighboring cities and towns make it a great place to stay in Los Angeles County. Paramount is easily accessible by the Century Freeway, also called Interstate 105, the Long Beach Freeway, also called Interstate 710, and the Artesia Freeway, also called State Route 91. The city of Los Angeles is located just 17 miles north of Paramount and Long Beach is just 8 miles to the south. Santa Catalina Island is also just off the coast, which is just 15 miles from Paramount’s city center.
The town of Paramount, just like its neighboring towns has a mild climate year round with an average annual temperature of about 74 degrees. The hottest months are July, August and September when the temperatures are between 83 and 85 degrees on average. The coldest months are December and January when the temperature is about 68 on average. There is usually very little chance of rain as the southern California area only receives an average of 35 days each year that have measurable precipitation.
One of the most well-known historical attractions of Paramount is an ice skating rink called Iceland. This rink was opened in the 1940s by a man named Frank Zamboni. Zamboni of course went on to invent the Zamboni Ice Resurfacing Machine. This rink has been a training ground for many of the country’s top figure skaters including Dorothy Hamill and Sonia Henie. To this day, Zambonis are still manufactured in Paramount. The other major historical landmark in Paramount is the Paramount Hay Tree, which has officially been recognized as a California State Historical Landmark. This tree played a major role in the early history of Paramount. Hay traders would meet at this camphor tree each day to discuss the current price of hay, which were agreed upon and then used by the New York mercantile markets to be used as the global hay standard price.
The Downey History Center, located just 10 minutes north of Paramount offers some excellent exhibits that detail the history of the development of the Southern California area which was greatly influenced by the Los Nietos Valley pioneers. When planning a visit here, keep in mind that the center is only open Wednesday, Thursday and the 3rd Saturday of each month.
About a half hour south in Long Beach you will find such attractions as Aquarium of the Pacific, The Art Theatre of Long Beach and the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, just to name a few. A half hours drive north will bring you to Glendale where the famous Glendale Galleria mall is located. This mall features three floors of shopping, dining and entertainment and is the second largest mall in Los Angeles County.
Of course no trip to Paramount would be complete without visiting the city of Los Angeles, just 17 miles north. Some of the must see attractions in the city include Rodeo Drive, Celebrity Homes tours, the Getty Center, the LaBrea Tar Pits, Venice Beach and Hollywood. Here you will also find Disneyland and Universal Studios, both great options for children or adults young at heart. While visiting Los Angeles, check out the Travel Town Museum which is dedicated to educating people about the rich train history of the Los Angeles area. Here guests can see vintage train models and historical memorabilia, take train rides and take guided tours. Best of all, this attraction is totally free.
For kids or adults who love to skateboard, be sure to check out the 12,500 square foot Village Skate Park located in central Paramount. Other parks in Paramount include Ralph C. Dills Park which has a great nature and fitness trail and Spane Park, which has a fishing pond and outdoor amphitheater where many concerts are performed throughout the year.