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“Family time”

Annenberg Community Beach House
Ranked #14 of 105 things to do in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Beach House is a unique community destination, open to all, no membership required! With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, seasonal pool, classes for children and adults, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy! The Beach House grounds are open daily, including the playground, splash pad, beach area, courtyard, view deck, and volleyball courts. The site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms, three guest houses and an ornate marble swimming pool. Learn more about the Beach House history on a tour of the last remaining Guest House with a Santa Monica Conservancy docent. Classes for adults include yoga, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Beach Volleyball, and Synchronized Swimming. Children can to learn to swim, play beach volleyball, and beach soccer! Our historic pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, during the summer pool season, and requires an admission fee. Between October and May the pool is closed. We will occasionally open the pool on warm weather weekends or holidays.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 4, 2012

It's really awesome to finally have such a great beach facility in Santa Monica, open to the public. The pool is great and families seem to really enjoy switching back and forth between the beach and the pool. Vey clean and nicely designed interior. It's also available for private events.

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Reviewed August 4, 2012

This is a fascinating place. The docents love working there and want to tell you everything about the history of the house and it is fascinating. The pictures and the giant ipad thingy can keep you there forever. This is a really cool place to visit.

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Reviewed July 1, 2012

A great resource -- everything in one spot and a real walkway across the lengthy beach

Thank outwood80
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

I saw this beach house the last day I was in LA. I did the tour of the Marion Davies and Hearst Guesthouse. It was good, unfortunately it was a bit overcast when I did the tour. The Santa Monica Conservancy run tours of the guest house.

Thank bilby2009
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

"Psoriasis by the Sea" David Niven once said of this palatial home of Marion Davis, a wonderful home on the ocean for the stars. Now you can swim in this downright spectacular pool. Yes, the original one David did. The have a little lunch stand and everything. There are children in the pool, but they stay a the shallow end. We went on a weekday at about 1 and it was just great. Bring your own towel, but they provide lockers and a lovely clean changing area. A must for summer fun

2  Thank Supa-Andra
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