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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...More
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Third Street between Wilshire Boulevard and Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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All reviews great shopping outdoor mall chain stores movie theaters apple store people watching great place to shop lots of shops window shopping high end street promenade santa monica place nice area farmers market few blocks walk around great atmosphere
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm not big into shopping but if you're looking for a diverse combined with the known chain stores, this is for you. No cars; you get to walk and sample everything from the Apple store to Johnny Rockets to fresh organic markets and delis. There...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank StefanP428
Reviewed 2 days ago

You will find everything along this strip of varied shops and eateries. A must visit between the beach and pier adventures of Santa Monica

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paula R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It is a nice place with shops, dinning places, music and youcan walk around and have a great time! It is a must place to visit

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ligia A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Such a variety of stores and eateries. There will be something for everyone in your group to enjoy and explore!!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank karmynj2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful pedestrian walkway with 3 blocks of shopping. Dinosaurs covered with ivy and greenery are along the middle of the promenade. Many stores to choose from. Nice lights along the way also. Only negative is that there were several empty stores.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MarchelleC
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the area a few times while we were in town and enjoyed it each time. There are no cars allowed in this 3-4 blocks area that's full of shopping, restaurants, coffee shops and street performers.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank onip1969
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Third street promenade is great but don’t forget the other places in Santa Monica. There’s Montana Avenue at about seventh Street to 17th… Little restaurants, boutiques, a coffee shop or a Starbucks on every corner.... but back to 3rd St., Promenade... too many great places...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CaralinaBalerina
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of shops and no cars. Great for people watching and shopping and you can access the pier easily.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mtanya2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is fun walk, especially at night with overhead lighting reminiscent of another world. Break dancers, singers, magicians, and other street performers will keep things interesting. Open stores of every sort will test your credit cards. Fun for everyone.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank morrisjkm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re hunting for something specific to shop for, you’re looking for a great meal, want to see a movie, or just want to kill sometime and enjoy some great people watching, the Third Street Promenade has something for everyone. And it begins right at...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LisaJeyDavis
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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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January 8, 2019|
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Response from Kim1307 | Reviewed this property |
My visit was for about 1,5 hours. Just walked up on on side and down the other. Only window shopping and listening/looking at performing artists.
April 29, 2018|
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Response from Henry V | Reviewed this property |
Parking garages clearly marked and all around.
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November 2, 2017|
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Response from YorkTraveller1962 | Reviewed this property |
There is an on-site parking garage.
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North Sydney, Canada
To rent a car or not........ (14 Replies)
Hi everyone. Spending 3 days in Santa Monica in mid-April. Family w/9 yr old. Plan to shop at Third Street Promenade one day, hang out at the Pier and rent a bike another day and tour LA another day (typical 'touristy' attractions). Can we get away with not renting a vehicle as 2 of the days are within walking distance and the LA day, we could take a hop-on, hop-off tour? Thanks in advance;-)
January 15, 2014|
Response fromscottca075|
Rent a car in Santa Monica the one day you need it. It will be cheaper and easier.
familty trip to santa monica and laguna beach. (8 Replies)
hello all. seeking help! we're taking a family trip for the weekend to LA. Already have hotel res. at the Loews, hope it's ok. Plan to pick up a car there, so as not to deal with it at the airport. First morning we will head down to Laguna Beach and do the "OC Tour" for my 13 year olds, maybe take the beach road back up. Also want to get in a 1/2 day at Universal or Disney, for our 9 year old. Aside from that stuff - what should we do? Sunset? Rodeo Dr? Montana? Hollywood? Should we drive...More
October 07, 2005|
Response fromJulie F|
Just so you are aware, most of the "OC" is not filmed in OC. There is a prior thread from a mom and teen who were disappointed after spending a day trying to find the same places. Laguana Beach is wonderful though and it is easy to spend an enjoyable day there. Also, a 1/2 day at either Universal or Disney is not enough. By the time you drive to either, pay admission fees, and get started, you will barely get anything done before you leave. If you want to do one, plan on spending the whole...More
Stay in Santa Monica or Downtown LA to see LA sights? (6 Replies)
We are travelling from Santa Barbara to LA for 4 days/4 nights in August however, we are unsure whether to have our base as Santa Monica or Downtown LA. We intend to see a lot of sights in LA but have heard Santa Monica is nicer. We are leaning more towards Santa Monica and our itinerary is as follows: Day 1: Travel from Santa Barbara through Malibu and arrive in Santa Monica. See the Santa Monica Pier/Third Street Promenade and Venice Beach Day 2: Drive and spend morning seeing...More
April 09, 2013|
Response fromMachThree|
Generally, Santa Monica is both nicer and livelier at night than downtown LA, though downtown LA has some pockets of night life and some nice areas as well. With that itinerary, there's no one place you wouldn't be "traveling out of" most of the time - as you'll tell if you consult a map, the sites you mentioned are spread out west to east across an area that basically spans all the way from Santa Monica to downtown - so if you stay in either location you'll be on the edge of the area...More