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Different than your usual park!

My 4 year old loves this park. It has a lot of cool water features and places for climbing and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Relaxing environment. Pity about the hobos.

Tranquil park with sculptures and water features leading to Art Deco City Hall.. Very helpful... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2018
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1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My 4 year old loves this park. It has a lot of cool water features and places for climbing and sliding. It's walking distance to the beach and to the Santa Monica Mall. Great place to have the kids burn some energy and explore!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank marinahowley
Reviewed November 6, 2018

$36.2 Million dollar park. You can see how a park costs this much money b/c no detail was spared and the cost of steel, a multiple story skyscraper, underground parking certainly adds up (all of which isn't in this or any park). There is no...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

Tranquil park with sculptures and water features leading to Art Deco City Hall.. Very helpful attendants, restrooms and child's play area. Can walk around it in 10 minutes although it would be a lovely place to sit for a while if you aren't put off...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank macfirth
Reviewed September 9, 2018

I live in Santa Monica and I would not recommend anyone go there. You can't see what is going on there is so much foliage. Too many homeless, drug use, crime and mentally ill people have made it their place to hang out. Be very...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank NancyatTheShores
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is a nicely designed park (same designers a NYC's Highline). Unfortunately it is over run by homeless people. Last week a kid got stabbed in the head and throat by a homeless. If you are an unsuspecting tourist stay away until Santa Monica City...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank EricS2028
Reviewed August 25, 2018

On the same day as someone was shot on the pier, that night a teenage boy had his throat slashed by a homeless person who hangs out in Tonga. It has sadly become a home for transients who are very territorial about their benches, possessions....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank TheresaRodgerton
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Santa Monica really takes pride in each one of their parks and Tongva is no exception. The park has so many things to do. The water attractions are great, and there are plenty of restrooms etc. ---- something you will never find in an LA...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ronald S
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful park in the middle of run down Santa Monica. Amazing splash pad for the kids with small play area. Some homeless around but we felt safe in the day.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank sushimushimushi
Reviewed July 30, 2018

This park was a nice walk to our hotel but be careful of the homeless community. Generally they didn’t bother us but on one occasion, there was an argument between them, luckily a local ambassador was there and showed us another way out. We avoided...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Jacqbren
Reviewed July 1, 2018

I really, really liked this park! The design of it is very unique and beautiful. It was also extremely clean, including the bathroom area. There was staff at the park who make sure to keep it clean. I liked the water design art. I think...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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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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Response from Michael H | Reviewed this property |
Merely decorative. You can walk up to that area and look out over the ocean from those spots.