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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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8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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Great place for a family!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Daniela S

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Daniela S
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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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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 242 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.

1 Thank David B L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

A beautiful facility to while away the afternoon or the entire day. It is a wonderful spot, in Santa Monica, far enough away from all the craziness of 3rd Street, that one can enjoy the space, beach, and the surrounding area. There's a lovely pool, restaurant nearby, including a splash area for little ones and a play ground. My only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a great find ... bang on the beach, $10 adults, and $4 kids ... you can go in/out all day long, bring your own food/dirinks, but they have a great café/bar on the complex anyway. 100's of sunbeds, and plenty to chose from .. for those who are not excited by sand in your sandwiches, this is a... More 

1 Thank Stuart D
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Right on the beach, the views are diving. A lovely place to spend a summer's day. Recently renovated the facilities are modern and pleasant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Santa Monica Beach itself is already stunning. Spending the last couple of hours before we flew home from LAX at the Annenberg Beach House was very comfortable. Very nice swimming pool, very relaxing environment and you're on Santa Monica Beach with the sea at your hands.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Wonderful public space! I have been here several times to go to the pool which is incredibly beautiful and well maintained.

1 Thank allison r
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

You've got everything here - sand play ground for the kids, beach access to Santa Monica (a bit out to the sand but worth the walk), and a bonus splash foundation area that kids can't get enough of!

Thank kanpaisan

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