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Third Street Promenade

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Address: Third Street between Wilshire Boulevard and Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-393-8355
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Activities: Shopping, Dining, People-watching
Description: A moviegoer's haven, this colorful three-block stretch, open to...
A moviegoer's haven, this colorful three-block stretch, open to pedestrians only, has some 20 movie theater screens, hundreds of stores, numerous restaurants, animal topiaries and street entertainment running the gamut from dancers to fortune tellers.
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trendy but fun

great couple blocks to shop and people watch and grab a drink or very casual food. Lots of choices and fun.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

great couple blocks to shop and people watch and grab a drink or very casual food. Lots of choices and fun.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This area is a walkable distance from the Santa Monica pier. The promenade is full of shops and restaurants are sprinkled throughout. You'll find all your typical branded stores here. Nothing unique that you won't find back in your suburban mall.

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Windermere, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Although none of the stores are unique, it is a nice place to walk and eat and shop. I was lucky enough to hit the massive Farmer's market one day and was surprised at the crowds. Fun place to hang out!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

I was hoping for a few more local boutiques and quirky shops but it is really just "high street" style shops and fast food. Not as big as I was expecting either.. Worth the trip if you are going to the pier anyway but nothing spectacular

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW via mobile

Walking around the third street promenade enjoying the music and watching the people is a great way to spend the morning but when you add the farmer's market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings you are in for a real treat. Blocks and blocks of fresh fruits, nuts of all types and vegetables that are available make this a weekly stop... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

I have seen the change here over 25 yrs. It was revamped and pedestrianised in the late 80's. Old shops like Woolworth and JC Penney went, and for a decade or more, the street had interesting, quirky shops. The tourists caught on, footfall increased, and the big boys moved in. There is an Apple Store, Gap, Victoria's Secret etc (... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

There are many different stores and restaurants to pick from. There is always local entertainment to listen to and watch while walking down the promenade.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Excellent for shopping, eating and people watching. Only a short walk from the pier and beach. A favorite with my family when in Santa Monica.

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Washington, DC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Was disappointed to see this place turn into just another strip of predictable chain stores. It could be the same outdoor mall in Miami. I have seen the evolution of this area since before the prominade was built. It was much better in the early days.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Shop till you drop great shops that are about 4 to 5 blocks long fountains shaped like elephants restaurants street performers and lots of fun stuff to do

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Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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