TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN SANTA MONICA
#1 26 Mile Bike Path - Renting bikes is the best way to see Santa Monica through Venice Beach, Marina Del Ray and on to Manhattan and Hermosa where you can stop and have lunch. Ride is flat and absolutely stunning on a sunny day!
#2 Santa Monica Beach - a large wide expansive beach close to the Santa Monica Pier. Great family beach with classic life guard stands and the hills behind the beach are a perfect backdrop.
#4 Santa Monica Pier - a must for families, includes a ferris wheel, fun arcades, a carrousel and all with a ocean backdrop.
#5 Ocean Avenue - the perfect place to walk and view the sunset if you don’t like sand between your toes. The path is divided one for walkers and wheelers and one dirt path for walkers and runners. The ocean views are amazing and the people watching not so bad either.
#6 Pacific Park - a great family vibe with dogs allowed makes this a great place to hang out, have a picnic, eat drink and relax.
#7 Palisades Park - a great stop before heading to the Santa Monica Pier and is in walking distance from the Promenade. A public park that stretches along the coastline where one can enjoy the sunset.
#8 Santa Monica Mountains - Topanga Canyon has amazing steep canyons and sandstone to conglomerate sedimentary rock formations. All great for a weekend hike. Don't forget to try a smoothie at Quarky Restaurant.
#9 Montana Avenue - the high end designer avenue full of high end jewel and clothing boutiques. Trendy vide with outdoor seating fun for coffee bars and great people watching.
#10 Santa Monica Farmers Market - everything fro fruit, vegetables, flowers, nuts, breads, organic meat and anything else you could want. On Sundays one can find entertainment. To save on these attractions it is wise to buy a Los Angeles Go City Pass from Smart Destinations. Smart Destinations Coupons will save you even more money. Usually the savings are 40-60%. Which makes a lot of sense when traveling with the family.