When you are traveling through the picturesque town of Santa Monica CA you might be wondering what types of things there are to do. If splashing around in the water is your thing then you might want to take the time to visit Santa Monica State Beach. Just west of downtown Los Angeles, it boasts 3.5 miles of beautifully soft and maintained sand, making it the perfect spot to kick back, relax and catch some rays. Afterwards, you can kick things up a notch by visiting the Santa Monica Pier, which is chock-full of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Perhaps the most famous part of the pier is the amusement park that is located directly on the pier. It features several thrilling rides, including the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, an arcade with over 200 games and a plethora of restaurants to satisfy any hunger. If the beach scene is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other things to do to keep you busy.
If shopping is at the top of your list, visiting downtown Santa Monica is guaranteed to delight. One area, aptly named, “Third Street Promenade” is a shopper’s dream, with the shops ranging from the eclectic style to high fashion and everything in between. As an added bonus, the promenade is filled with a superabundance of street performers that will captivate you with their talents. If you head south on the Third Street Promenade, you will end up at Santa Monica Place, an outdoor mall featuring a full three-levels filled with 100 retail shops and restaurants. Be sure to make use of the mall’s same-day delivery so that you don’t have to carry your purchases from store to store. In addition, the mall is pet-friendly so feel free to bring your four-legged kid with you.
Perhaps you would like to avoid the beach and shopping. If this is the case, why not visit the Santa Monica History Museum? Featuring six galleries and over one million historical items, you will walk away knowing everything you need to know about Santa Monica CA. An absolute must-see during your visit is the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Featuring hands-on activities, educational programs, and over 100 species on exhibit, including graceful seahorses, mesmerizing moon jellies, adorable moray eels, and a whole lot more. This aquarium is sure to gratify the whole family.
This is a very short list of things you might want to do during your visit. Santa Monica is flooded with all kinds of hidden gems, just waiting for you to find them. As a matter of fact, you can start your day by visiting the Santa Monica Visitors Center, located at 2427 Main Street, Santa Monica CA and they will provide you with a guide to all the things you can see and do during your visit. There are so many options, you might want to plan your itinerary for two or three days! Happy Site Seeing!