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Annenberg Community Beach House

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Address: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Phone Number: +1 310-458-4904
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Beach House is a unique community destination, open to all, no...

The Beach House is a unique community destination, open to all, no membership required! With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, seasonal pool, classes for children and adults, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy! The Beach House grounds are open daily, including the playground, splash pad, beach area, courtyard, view deck, and volleyball courts.

The site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms, three guest houses and an ornate marble swimming pool. Learn more about the Beach House history on a tour of the last remaining Guest House with a Santa Monica Conservancy docent.

Classes for adults include yoga, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Beach Volleyball, and Synchronized Swimming. Children can to learn to swim, play beach volleyball, and beach soccer!

Our historic pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, during the summer pool season, and requires an admission fee. Between October and May the pool is closed. We will occasionally open the pool on warm weather weekends or holidays.

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Step in to the past of the magical 20's

I attended the birthday party for Marion Davies, (William R Hearst' mistress). Loved watching the old film footage, learned about the original home which was built right on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Irvine, Ca

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Irvine, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I attended the birthday party for Marion Davies, (William R Hearst' mistress). Loved watching the old film footage, learned about the original home which was built right on the beach, and enjoyed the stroll down memory lane. My docent Renee, was very knowledgeable. She told me little secrets that might not be known to the general public about the parties... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In the 1920s WR Hearst built a 100 room mansion on 16 beach lots for his companion Marion Davies. It was completed by Julia Morgan who did Hearst Castle. Shamefully it was torn down in the 50s but an original guest house remains and free tours are given by the Santa Monica Conservancy. Check the website. The new Annenberg Beach... More 

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Thank Morris K
Mandan, North Dakota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took our sun to see the ocean for the first time. We found parking there and walked down the side walk close to the ocean. There is a small playground too. We didn't stay long but I wouldn't have minded enjoying a bit more.

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Thank Mallory G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here to see the sunset. A nice beach with reasonable parking fees and with complete facilities.

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Thank Joanne P
Santa Monica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Enjoy a delightful dinner on the sand. Use the historic swimming pool . Ride your bicycle on there bike path to the Santa Monica Pier.

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Thank Judith B
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Parking much cheaper if it's not packed. Cafe with the basics. A covered play area in the sand. And a pool you can buy access to!

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Thank Culinary-widow
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

We stayed in Santa Monica for 2 weeks and this place was suggested by the hotel we were staying, as it has a great swimming pool ,suitable for all ages,there is a games room upstairs and staff are very vigilent with children running by the pool and playing in the pool-which is a very good thing!! If you had enough... More 

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Thank Daniela S
Puyallup, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

We visited this beach on a weekday in early October so not being crowded is to be expected. The outdoor pool was closed. The children's play area is very minimal. Not what we expected for our 2 yr old grandson but no real problem as the warm ocean and beach were the real draw. There is a very nice boardwalk... More 

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Thank Connie W
Mere, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We had a delightful and knowledgeable docent to guide us through the house and there are ample pictures on the ground floor to add context to the stories about the life of Marion Davies and her paramour William Randolph Hearst. However, the overriding disappointment is that the house is virtually bereft of any furnishings from the time of Davies’ residence... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 339 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

An absolutely splendid beach day locale on Santa Monica beach, but in a private setting. Feels very exclusive but with great ambiance too. Parking on site, food available and a huge pool.... All for $10.00... Such a deal. Enjoy.

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