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Address: Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-828-4497
Activities: Biking, People-watching, Walking
Description: This lush, 25-acre park overlooking the Pacific is a wonderful place for...
This lush, 25-acre park overlooking the Pacific is a wonderful place for walkers, bikers and people watchers, and connects with the broad Santa Monica beach made famous in TV's "Baywatch" episodes.
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Never get tired of it.

After living 26 years in Santa Monica, you would think I might get tired of it but I never do and never pass the opportunity to go for a walk and look at the magnificent sea and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Santa Monica, California
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Santa Monica, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

After living 26 years in Santa Monica, you would think I might get tired of it but I never do and never pass the opportunity to go for a walk and look at the magnificent sea and time permitting, watch beautiful sunsets. Athena T.

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Santa Monica, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The park is long and narrow, quite busy on the weekends. As you walk south and are near the pier entrance there are numerous homeless (no comment.) The park is over manicured if that is possible. It seems they have more help then they need, when I sit in the rose garden to read the newspaper it is hard to... More 

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USA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This is a delightful Park on a City bluff above the Pacific Ocean. The landscaping is superior, but there are those grafitti and scratchitti people who have defaced even beautiful plants, minding their own business, swaying in the breeze. There are many homeless people about and a lot of tourists. But the views are unsurpassed. There is architectural beauty which... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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371 reviews 371 reviews
84 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I've never seen another park like this. It's a great place. In the morning Yoga classes and bikers fill the grass. The views over look Santa Monica Beach and the Santa Monica Bluffs. Very pretty.

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Hong Kong, China
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Having grown up in Southern California, then moved to Asia, this would not have been one of my strongest recommendations. As a boy, the beach held the fascination. But this park is a wonderful stroll, with lots of decorative trees and plants, and the ocean and coastal view is wonderful. If you stay in one of the nearby hotels, this... More 

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Minneapolis
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149 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I'm told there are bands that play in the park and they would add another vibe to the area. Have been here many times and will be back again. Tip is to walk there during the day, but I wouldn't venture in the park much after dark. Better to walk on the East side of the street in the evening... More 

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Mentor, Ohio
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20 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great place to enjoy the beauty of Santa Monica. Exercise, walk, or just sit and relax. Very enjoyable.

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Santa Fe
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Palm Trees sway in the afternoon ocean breeze. The park is full of visitors who make there way to Ocean Avenue to catch the sunset. People walk their dogs and amble amid the elderly playing cards and birthdays being celebrated. Santa Monica residents have Palisades Park as their front yard and take advantage of the beauty it affords. The foot... More 

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Tennessee
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248 reviews 248 reviews
90 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

If you love watching sunsets and photography, this park is a wonderful place to go! We ended up here right at sunset and used the palm trees and beauty of other trees in the park to frame our sunset pictures. During the day, the park was clean, had families playing in the grassy areas, couples sitting on the benches, and... More 

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

How's this for praise: Palisades Park is the second favorite park that I've ever been to after Tuileries Garden in Paris. Better than Central Park in New York. Better than Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Better than Grant Park in Chicago. It's the ambience. The palm trees. The ocean. The quiet solitude. The meandering sidewalks. The homeless men don't... More 

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