Santa Monica Things to Do

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    Santa Monica Pier from sea end
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  • 1. Santa Monica Pier

    4 out of 5 stars

    I was a bit taken back to see a amusement park located on the pier now. We didn't ride any of them, but I am sure this is a favorite place the young to hang out during the summer months. The rides...

  • 2. Third Street Promenade

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A fine place to shop, eat, stroll, or just sit and watch the fascinating characters who exist here: Tanned supermodels, Chinese businessmen practicing Tai-Chi, leather clad bikers sharing a joint, a...

  • 3. Palisades Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Located along Ocean Aven is Palisades Park that is equipped with picnic areas, bences, rose gardens, paths, pergola, shuffleboards courts and a beacon overlook at California Ave. We strolled along...

  • 4. Bike Path - The Strand

    This path passes through Santa Monica and is approx. 8.5 miles north from Washington Blvd to Temescal Cyn Rd. It just a small section of a bike path the extends from Will Rogers State Beach to...

  • 5. The Beach

    Santa Monica's beach and beachfront are its main draw. It's distinctly cooler here compared to the city inland, and the location is relaxed enough to be popular with all kinds of people, from...

  • 6. Main Street

    We walked past this building and I wished we had went in so please make a point to check it out. Inside the Senior Center they have saved a wonderful piece of Santa Monica's history. Inside is device...

  • 7. Sunset

    Absolutely be sure to catch a sunset in Santa Monica or somewhere along the Pacific. The sunset the night before I took this picture was astonishingly beautiful, but I was stuck on a freeway miles...

  • 8. Universal Studios

    What's a visit to L.A. without going to a theme park? We did not have a rental car (long story) and actually got to Universal Studios using public transit. Yes, folks, public transit in congested and...

  • 9. Temescal Canyon

    Temescal Gateway Park is a popular park located just off Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The park is used as a retreat and conference center and rents cabins for those wishing an extended stay, The...

  • 10. Topanga Canyon State Park

    Topanga Canyon State Park is a fairly large park, considering its location within a city. It has an extensive network of trails leading through and above Topanga Canyon. The landscape of this park...

  • 11. Visitors Center

    3 out of 5 stars

    Located along Ocean Ave within Palisades Park is one of three visitor centers. It is Open Daily 10am-4pm. We stopped here and grabs some maps. It is a great place to find any information you made need...

  • 12. Museum of Flying

    Museum of Flying is a comtemporary, 53.000 square foot structure of glass and steel, located virtually on the same spot where the Douglas aircraft company was founded in 1922. The building is bright...

  • 13. Getty Center

    $15 is the car park charge now, but entry to the centre is free. Do not miss this if you are in Malibu, but you must book your ticket beforehand on line, giving passport information. John Paul Getty...

  • 15. Farmer's Market

    This is always great! If you can, you should check this out! Great produce, products, flowers, ready made food. Located at the Third Street Promenade shopping...

  • 16. Test Drive a Tesla!

    We went to Third Street Promenade to test drive the Tesla. A full electric sports car. But, wait, you have to make an appointment! The waiting list is about 2-3...

  • 17. Movies? Sure, why not.

    Most people think of sunshine and surf when they think Santa Monica. But you have to get indoors sometime or you will get a sunburn. Also, if you are a movie...

  • 18. ~Route 66~

    Often been called the Mother Road or America’s Main Street. Throughout the west, it still is known for its unique car culture and for its creative highway...

  • 19. Adamson House~California State Park

    The house was built in 1929 by Rhoda Agatha Rindge and Merritt Adamson. It was designed by architect, Stiles Clements. It was only a summer home for many years...

  • 20. Bay Cities Guaranty Building

    A gleaming white terracotta Art Deco building whose 50 meter stepped clock tower stands tall and proud above Santa Monica's relatively low skyline. I love...

  • 21. Drive down San Vicente or Sunset

    Montana is a pretty good street with lots of shops and restaurants along it, but driving down San Vicente which starts from the Ocean. Not too many traffic...


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What To Do In Santa Monica

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Talk to anyone about California, they will ask you about Santa Monica. It is home of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and to many Hollywood celebrities.
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