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Top things to do in Santa Monica

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Ranked #1 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Biking Trails; Trails; Outdoors
Starting at the Santa Monica pier, this is a popular path for biking, jogging and in-line skating along the Pacific Ocean.
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Ranked #2 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Outdoors
The Beach House is a new public facility set on 5-acres of Santa Monica Beach.
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$58* and up
Ranked #3 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Beaches; State Parks; Outdoors
This popular beach is a favorite among television and movie producers.
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$159* and up
Ranked #4 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Malls; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Theaters & Stadiums
Owner description: A moviegoer's haven, this colorful three-block stretch, open to pedestrians only, has some 20 movie theater screens, hundreds... more » Owner description: A moviegoer's haven, this colorful three-block stretch, open to pedestrians only, has some 20 movie theater screens, hundreds of stores, numerous restaurants, animal topiaries and street entertainment running the gamut from dancers to fortune tellers. « less
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Ranked #5 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Libraries; Cultural
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Ranked #6 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Mountains; National Parks; Outdoors
Part of the National Recreation Area.
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Ranked #7 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
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Ranked #8 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks
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Ranked #9 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel... more » Owner description: This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round and fantastic views of the bay and the mountains. « less
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Ranked #10 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: ; Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: This lush, 25-acre park overlooking the Pacific is a wonderful place for walkers, bikers and people watchers, and connects... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Ranked #11 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: A great place to celebrity watch, this 10-block stretch is an eclectic mix of chic, upscale shops ranging from furniture to... more » Owner description: A great place to celebrity watch, this 10-block stretch is an eclectic mix of chic, upscale shops ranging from furniture to fashions and interspersed with cafes, coffee shops and restaurants. « less
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Ranked #12 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Art Galleries; Art Museums; Shops; Malls; Specialty Shops; Landmarks
Owner description: A mecca for artists and art lovers, this warehouse complex features numerous art galleries, unusual shops and the Santa... more » Owner description: A mecca for artists and art lovers, this warehouse complex features numerous art galleries, unusual shops and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. « less
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Ranked #13 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Family amusement park located on the world-famous Santa Monica Pier features thrill rides, midway games, restaurants and... more » Owner description: Family amusement park located on the world-famous Santa Monica Pier features thrill rides, midway games, restaurants and shops. « less
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Ranked #14 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Owner description: Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica Playhouse is an internationally acclaimed professional intimate... more » Owner description: Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica Playhouse is an internationally acclaimed professional intimate theatre and educational conservatory, presenting exciting year-round Main Stage productions, Family Theatre musicals, workshops for youth, pre-schoolers and adults, classes in private and public schools and birthday parties from its jewel of a theatre space at 1211 4th Street. In almost half a century of operation it has garnered over 200 awards and commendations. « less
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Ranked #15 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Science Museums; Zoos/Aquariums
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Ranked #16 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
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Ranked #17 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Beaches; Health Clubs; Outdoors
Owner description: Weight lifters still strut their stuff at this outdoor gym where, in the 30s, 40s and 50s, crowds would gather to watch young... more » Owner description: Weight lifters still strut their stuff at this outdoor gym where, in the 30s, 40s and 50s, crowds would gather to watch young men and women honing their bodies, some of whom, like Vic Tanny and Jack LaLanne, went on to fame in the fitness world. « less
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Ranked #18 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Children's Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
This museum houses over 30 different aircraft and has excellent children's exhibits.
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Ranked #19 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Victorian mansion museum filled with dolls, dollhouses and other collectible items; high tea is also served.
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Ranked #20 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Parks; Outdoors

Story Theater Original stories made up on the spot…just for you, and your family!   Spring break by the beach! April 17-24   Dorothy Green Park & Playground 2600 Barnard Way... more »

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Ranked #21 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
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Ranked #22 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Ranked #23 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
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Ranked #24 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
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Ranked #25 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
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Ranked #26 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
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Ranked #27 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
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Ranked #28 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Located in a 19th-century home, this museum explores both the art and history of the region.
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Ranked #29 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Landmarks
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Ranked #30 of 37 attractions in Santa Monica
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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