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Palisades Park

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Address: Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-828-4497
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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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Great for a jog in Santa Monica

With options of paved paths or compacted dirt, I loved jogging in this park. There were plenty of people, but also enough space that there were few pedestrian traffic jams. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Palo Alto, California

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Palo Alto, California
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184 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With options of paved paths or compacted dirt, I loved jogging in this park. There were plenty of people, but also enough space that there were few pedestrian traffic jams. The view off to the ocean was lovely, and there are basically no street crossings to slow you down! In general, it was rather clean, though I didn't visit the... More 

Thank Jenny_in_DC
Santa Monica, California
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400 reviews
213 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have strolled along this park hundreds of times. I never get tired of the view which is the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Some days it literally looks like 1 million diamonds on the horizon. Some days you can see all the way to Catalina. I love walking alone ...watching people with their dogs and kids, old people, young people...it is... More 

Thank AFoolForTravel
Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't get me wrong here. Homeless people are people too. I don't expect to take a trip to indulge a fantasy that homelessness does not exist. But Santa Monica has a massive problem with the homeless. It really detracts from the experience because I could not walk a block without either being solicited or witnessing some baffling and sketchy behavior.... More 

Thank PenguinPie
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246 reviews
161 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just along side of the Santa Monica beach this green area is Palisades park.Yes to me also like another traveller ,its a green walk. Well strolling here is great and you can also relax on the benches and have views of sea,sun and mountains.

Thank Naureen Y
Southern California
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138 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Wonderful for strolls, jogs, and runs at all times of the day. Also great for seeing movie and TV character actors.

Thank Euro_hopper19
Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Great open walking areas and a gorgeous view. Bit sad to see homeless sleeping there. You can see fit locals too.

Thank Jen-JMelb
Mackay, Australia
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132 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Really like this park. It grows on you. It's long and narrow but seriously the best spot to view the Californian sunsets. You can go jogging and do whatever. Worth a stroll around and people watch. Definitely watch the sunset.

Thank EggChen
Auckland, New Zealand
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69 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

I wouldn't call this a park, more like a long green walk. I gave this a low rating, because of two things. The first was that there were quite a few homeless lying around, especially near the pier area, which didn't make it an appealing sight. The other annoying thing were the demonstrators, and I'm sure their cause was just... More 

Thank Kiwigirl341
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

Palisades park is not what one would normally think of as a park. There are no playgrounds or ball fields. It is a wide strip of grass that runs above the ocean along Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. There are walking paths and some monuments. There are beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean from the edge of the park. It... More 

Thank Morris K
Malibu, California
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705 reviews
226 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

1.5 miles of View, View and more View From Colorado to Adelaide (about 1.5 miles each way) Start at the pier and cannon and end at the totem pole If you walk it, an hour each way-- First 1/2 mile is business along ocean blvd then into residential Great ocean and sunset views Families picnicking and hanging out Old people,... More 

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