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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 chain stores outdoor mall apple store movie theaters 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 5 days ago

Easy and ample parking garages to help out. A great collection of shops and food choices. Walkable w/ no traffic

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Titan11Omaha
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The highlight of this Saturday afternoon for us was fun street performers.... contortionists, opera singers, one man rock bands (with a old lady dancing along that I’ll count as a street performer), and more. The shopping it probably great, too, if that’s what you’re looking...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mike95128
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fun place to walk down. There were many street performers when we walked down it at night. It’s good to walk through there are many restaurants and shops along the walkway

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank summertimefun1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited here several times and always enjoyed it. There are lots of restaurants , bars and shops. Also, many street acts keep you entertained. However, this time we were there in early February and it was pretty slow. Still had shops and street...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Pudditat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're from a small town and want to shop in typical American chain stores, this is the place for you. It's clean and anytime we've been there, it seems safe. It is not unique.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LovestoTravel129
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

People watching, shopping and just plain fun. You must visit and get your quota of shopping, people watching and street vendors. Sometimes entertainment as well.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank georgeu352
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a glorious January Sunday when I took a walk down Third Street Promenade, a very pleasant pedestrianised shopping street in Santa Monica. With loads of fabulous shops, places to get some food and drink, places to sit, water features, palm trees and dinosaur...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Martin R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to shop and grab something to eat (Johnny Rockets and drink (Starbucks)! Right after our Pier visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Debby76
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is pretty close to Santa Monica pier so you could easily walk till here. It's also a no cars zone which is great. Many shops for the shopaholic person in you! In all a good place to hang out since it's not much...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank FoodieTillIDie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great place to hang out, shop, and eat. I always enjoy coming down to the promenade. Not super crowded like the grove.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank constancescalia
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Santa Monica
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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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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