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Palisades Park

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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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Beautiful Park

We were lucky enough to stay in a condo one street from the Park. Very well maintained and has great views of Santa Monica beach. The only sobering issue is the number of homeless... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
9 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We were lucky enough to stay in a condo one street from the Park. Very well maintained and has great views of Santa Monica beach. The only sobering issue is the number of homeless people who sleep in the park during the day.

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I don't mean to sound snarky, but this little stretch of grassy area is running a pretty close second to Venice in terms of weirdos per square foot (particularly closer to the pier)!! Ok, that might have been a slight exaggeration, but it does house its share. (Nothing can touch Venice!!) It does have a temperate climate, nice shade trees,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Amazing views and very close to the beach, pier and downtown. I only gave it 3 stars because it is overran by homeless people and addicts. They were sleeping on many of the park benches and this was the daytime. We parked by a meter on the street $2 an hour or there is covered secure parking in garages.

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Chicago, Illinois
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Visited the park along the way of visiting santa monica pier stopped. To walk along it and to take some awsome pictures of the view over looking the bluffs and the ocean always busy with people here too

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Noosaville, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

It's a nice park but could do with more seating to enable people to sit and enjoy the area. It is only a few minutes walk from the park to the pier.

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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

A great place to walk through, nice and well maintained lawns & gardens. Also you can see the end of Route 66 land mark. Recommend to all.

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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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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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15 helpful votes 15 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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114 helpful votes 114 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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