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One day in Santa Monica what to do?

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Nanaimo, Canada
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One day in Santa Monica what to do?

We will be in Santa Monica for 1 day, I am looking for any suggestions for what a family with two teenagers can do?

Los Angeles
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1. Re: One day in Santa Monica what to do?

Lots of possibilities. You can spend some time on the beach, at the pier (which includes a carnival complete with roller-coaster and Ferris Wheel), walk (or rent bikes and ride) south along the beach to Venice Beach, stroll around the 3rd St. Promenade and Santa Monica Place outdoor malls (both in walking distance to the beach).

Depending on time of year, air / ocean temperature may be too cool - ocean especially tends to be too cold to swim in without a wet suit outside of the summer months (June-September, roughly).

If you'll have a car or don't mind public transit, you could also go to many other parts of LA pretty easily. What other sorts of things interest your group? Movie / music / entertainment / Hollywood? Hiking / nature? Shopping? Art? Pop culture? Just seeing LA?

Santa Monica...
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2. Re: One day in Santa Monica what to do?

The Promenade, Santa Monica Place, the Pier, Main Street, Montana Avenue. That will keep you busy.

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3. Re: One day in Santa Monica what to do?

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