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Palisades Park

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Address: Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-828-4497
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This lush, 25-acre park overlooking the Pacific is a wonderful place...

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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View, view and more view

1.5 miles of View, View and more View From Colorado to Adelaide (about 1.5 miles each way) Start at the pier and cannon and end at the totem pole If you walk it, an hour each... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Malibu, California

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Malibu, California
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678 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1.5 miles of View, View and more View From Colorado to Adelaide (about 1.5 miles each way) Start at the pier and cannon and end at the totem pole If you walk it, an hour each way-- First 1/2 mile is business along ocean blvd then into residential Great ocean and sunset views Families picnicking and hanging out Old people,... More 

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vancouver, Canada
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visit the park whenever we can. It is a lovely walk along the coast and views are great. If you are into people watching; they come in all shapes sizes and age! Met some fun folks from Australia on our last visit.

Thank Ed G M
Santa Monica, California
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51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I love to walk this park from Wilshire Boulevard north to San Vincente Blvd and at sunset it can really be spectacular. If the winds are calm it is about as good as it gets. Sometimes the afternoon winds kick up and it can be a bit breezy and usually the view of the sail boats, ocean and sunsets will... More 

Thank Tom R
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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238 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We walked through this park several times during our trip to Santa Monica. The views of the pacific were lovely and the lawns were manicured. The problem was we found it impossible to walk along and truly enjoy the views and scenery when there were so many homeless people in need laid around on the grass. There were also a... More 

1 Thank Pip-F1
Geelong, Australia
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Beside the pier at Santa Monica is palisades Park. The linear park is on the cliffs above the beach. Shady manicured. Plenty of entertainers in the busy places in the park. They were excellent. Enjoyed the serenity further away from the pier section. Drinks coffee available on the other side of the street. Hop on hop off bus stops right... More 

1 Thank Susie V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I love going to SM on business because I can run here. A round trip of about 2 miles, it is a clean and safe place to run most anytime. Few lights to cross, views to die for. At the north end, turn right on the street and go about two blocks to reach the famed Santa Monica steps -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Stunning views of the beach and bay. There is a beautiful pathway running along the park, that sits high on the cliffs above the beach. Lots of people use it for walking and running. Yes, there are a lot of homeless sleeping in the park, but I walked along here as a woman alone and did not feel unsafe. The... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Let's be honest, it is a strip of land at the side of a busy road that is full of people down on their luck. Yes the views are lovely, especially the sunsets, but there are definitely times that you will feel unsafe while walking here.

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Tehachapi, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

It's a beautiful park and well maintained. You can walk it, jog it ot ride it. It is really unfortunate that there are so many homeless people. Very sad.

Thank Diana W
Houston, Texas
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Went early one morning to do the Stairs and we did three sets of stairs then walked from Adeline St all the way to the beach front and all I can say it the morning was well spent. Good for the Mind, Body, and Soul. After the stairs the Water feel great on your feet and the views are spectacular.... More 

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