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Palisades Park

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Address: Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

This lush, 25-acre park overlooking the Pacific is a wonderful place for...

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.

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Cliffhanger of a stroll!

This is a magnificent stroll or run or just sitting on a bench! It's an amazing view because you are high up from the beach what seems like an unending cliff. It's really quite... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Victoria, Canada

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Victoria, Canada
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a magnificent stroll or run or just sitting on a bench! It's an amazing view because you are high up from the beach what seems like an unending cliff. It's really quite spectacular and worth seeing. The park in beautifully maintained and all the palm trees are so beautiful and tropical that you can easily forget where in... More 

Thank livingdolcevita
Kenwood, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're anywhere near Santa Monica, you will want to stroll in this well-maintained park overlooking the beach and sparkling Pacific. We never a miss a chance to join the walkers, runners, bench-sitters, newspaper readers, chess players, etc. who enjoy exercising or just hanging out along the palm-shaded paths at this L.A. icon . . . in any weather, although... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I witnessed several people that appeared to be homeless/mentally challenged. They were not bothersome but were foraging through the garbage and sleeping on the grass. They have a right to be in the park. It is not comfortable to be in their presence when one is attempting to enjoy the scenery and beauty of the park. Also, it was packs... More 

Thank nyfriend
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Shame about the number of homeless people sleeping on the benches etc. Great view though and lovely flowers.

Thank Wilma1001
Somerset, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

This is not actually a Park, but a two or three mile meandering walkway, that is filled with lovely shady trees, with above-the-ground curvy roots, Cannons, Statues and Monuments. The elevated path above the bluffs gives people spectacular views of the Ocean, the Beach and the iconic Santa Monica Pier. The Park is clean, and is nicely maintained. In the... More 

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Afton, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Try the northmost part which is a nice 80 foot elevation above the Pacific Coast Highway #1. We got there by walking up the "secret steps" from Estrada Drive then west on Ocean Drive to the overlook. We got there a few minutes before sunset and enjoyed ~15 of the sunset and beautiful afterglow. Nice residential neighborhood. A combination of... More 

Thank John G
Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

The views are beautiful along the park. There are so many people walking, running, and riding bikes. Another great place to people watch.

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South Jordan, Utah
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

So Sad to See Such a Wealthy Area with Million Dollar Residences and homelessness everywhere in the Beach area to The Streets. it Seems They have made Careers out of Homelessness either because of necessity or inability to Pay for any Worthy Housing

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

The Palisades Park is a great spot for pictures. It is lined with trees so you can find spots for a picnic or to relax. There are tables if you want to host a party. Walk to the end of the Park for a nice view of the California Coastline.

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Essex, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Somewhat ordinary park - not much in it to grab/hold attention. Cannot hold a candle to, say, Chicago's Millennium Park.

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