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Address: Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-828-4497
Activities: Walking, Biking, People-watching
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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This is a really lovely old park, especially early in the morning before the main crowds of homeless crawl out of their dumpsters and start fighting. North, further away from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Seattle
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87 reviews 87 reviews
40 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a really lovely old park, especially early in the morning before the main crowds of homeless crawl out of their dumpsters and start fighting. North, further away from the Pier end is especially nice as it feels safer and the beautiful old trees are under less pressure from the crowds. Grab a coffee at McD's on Colorado, and... More 

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Albion, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Nice attraction on way to Santa Monica Pier. Love the palm trees. A nice, clean, safe place to just hang out.

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Santa Monica, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
50 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Beautiful narrow park along Ocean Avenue. Nice walk. Meet lots of interesting people. One of the best views of the ocean.

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Sydney, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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32 helpful votes 32 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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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
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18 helpful votes 18 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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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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