Planning an LA escape for the entire family? From arcade games on the Santa Monica Pier to a day at the beach, Santa Monica offers something for every age. Start building your beach bucket list with the help of these 4 must-try family-friendly activities.
Santa Monica thrives on a healthy, active lifestyle. Hop on a bike and ride the Marvin Braude Beach Trail, also know as “The Strand”, which runs for miles along the beach from Pacific Palisades to Torrance. Bikes, rollerblades, and other gear are available for rent at several spots along the beach including Perry’s Café and Beach Rentals and Blazing Saddles as well as other rental and tour options throughout the city.
The West Coast’s only amusement park located on a pier, Pacific Park provides top-notch year-round entertainment for kids of any age. From arcade games to fast-flying roller coasters, with a side of sweet treats, everyone will find something to love. The park is also home to the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, which offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from more than 130 feet above the pier.
The Heal The Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium offers an enlightening peek into Santa Monica’s marine life. The family-friendly facility located just below the Santa Monica Pier, is home to more than 100 species of marine animals and plants—all found in Santa Monica Bay. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions from kids and adults alike.
Spend the day at the Annenberg Community Beach House, the country’s only public beach club. Try a swim in its historic pool or a run through the splash pad and children’s play area. Sports lovers can play beach volleyball on five courts, beach soccer, or beach tennis. Equipment rentals are available and the nearby Back on the Beach Cafe offers casual oceanfront dining.
Looking for more family-friendly fun to add to your travel itinerary? Explore a complete list of Things to Do in Santa Monica.