What to Do
What to Do on Your Santa Monica Vacation
Both a seaside town and bustling city, Santa Monica has activities for young and old, from beach games and bike paths to art galleries and nightclubs, from shopping and fitness to theater and concerts. In the pages that follow you will find comprehensive listings of what to do on your Santa Monica, CA vacation.
Where to Go for Santa Monica Shopping
World-renowned designers, name brands and independent boutiques line the streets of Santa Monica. And because of our central location, you can also travel outside of our walkable districts to explore the multitude of Los Angeles shopping possibilities – Melrose Avenue, Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Center and much more.
Things to Do on Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Beach is unique among California beach vacation locations because of the array of activities available. From swimming and surfing to biking and volleyball, from outdoor chess to beachside gymnastics, Santa Monica is a haven for those seeking an active, outdoors vacation.
California Attractions in and around Santa Monica
In Santa Monica proper and greater Southern California as a whole, the attractions are numerous. From the Santa Monica Pier and Muscle Beach to Disneyland and Magic Mountain, there is a variety of activities to choose from for fun, education and adventure.
Santa Monica Arts and Culture
Santa Monica’s cultural offerings run the gamut, with over 75 museums and art galleries within the walkable 8.3 square mile city limits. Not to mention the array of public art and sculpture exhibited in the streets.
Santa Monica’s Nightlife
Both daytime and nighttime activities are abundant in Santa Monica. Bars, clubs and performance venues dot the city streets, making leisure and indulgence, live music and eye-catching people easy to find and there are over 50 happy hour specials offered at restaurants and bars around town.
Calendar of Events in Santa Monica
Many world-renowned acts make their way through Santa Monica, and we keep a running tally of the best events you won’t want to miss.
Cirque du Soleil in Santa Monica
We are excited to announce the return of Cirque du Soleil to the Santa Monica Pier with TOTEM, running now through March 16th, 2014. Spend a day or weekend enjoying Santa Monica's shopping, dining and a Cirque show with discounts and deals for ticket holders.
Los Angeles Marathon
Cheer on family and friends at the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon, finishing just steps from Santa Monica Beach on Sunday, March 9th, 2014. Stay up-to-date with LA Marathon information, check out runner tips for before and after the race and take advantage of special offers and events while in town!