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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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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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A Santa Monica city treasure.

Miles of ocean bluffs provide the setting. Well planted and maintained park goes almost the entire length of Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. Ocean view benches, fine gravel paths... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Miles of ocean bluffs provide the setting. Well planted and maintained park goes almost the entire length of Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. Ocean view benches, fine gravel paths, interesting tree shaded picnic area, toilet facilities, rose garden, etc. Safe and well lit day and night.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great park for an enjoyable walk. Met some great folks from New Zealand and had a wonderful chat. Great views. Lovely scenery. Nice to have open space in a congested place like Los Angeles.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The crowds make this pretty park overlooking the ocean very crowded during the day and evening, but still spectacular for viewing the sunset. When I went for a run early in the morning it was much quieter but still crowded in a different way--this time, with large numbers of homeless people sleeping on every bench and the aroma of their... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The Pacific Ocean was right before me and it was great to see it from this park. There were plenty of other tourists, but I suppose that's what is to be expected in Santa Monica.

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Narrow park set atop bluffs overlooking Pacific Coast Highway and the beach. Plenty of palm trees and park benches. The people watching is another whole attraction with personal trainers, moms and babies, old folks, dogs, everybody. This is the most beautiful and special part of Santa Monica. It's worth the trip. SM Pier starts at the south end.

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

You think it'll be an actual park, but it's just like less than half a mile length. It's beautiful, though. There's a lot of benches where you can sit and just admire the palm trees and the views of Santa Monica beach. It was literally right next to third street promenade. It's a small place, you can't do much. You... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Other than the homeless bums who use this as their outside sleeping grounds where it almost never gets hot or cold during the night, this is a tiny paradise. Ocean Avenue only runs less than a mile and the vista as the bay front winds up the coast is spectacular.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I guess when you live somewhere the true beauty of what surrounds you gets lost at times. I hope that feeling never leaves me. In the mornings I run the paths by the fence and watch the ocean, breathing in fresh air and tasting the salty breeze. The park is full of life with people doing yoga, tai chi, stretching,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Palisades Park runs parallel to the coast line with beautiful views of the beach and ocean. It is a wonderful place to stroll or jog, picnic or sit and be peaceful.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The Park is situated just beyond the end of the Pier. In the twilight you can look across to the Pier all lit up or watch an amazing sunset. It's beauty is where it is rather than what it is. It is in reality, no more than an elevated boardwalk. But in my opinion the best. Go there at Sunset,... More 

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