There is so much to see and do in Santa Monica, and everyone is welcome here. Many locations provide convenient and easy accessibility for locals and visitors so all can enjoy our sunny city by the ocean. Here are some things to know when traveling around Santa Monica.

 

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Santa Monica State Beach

The pride of the city is its beaches, so reveling by the ocean is a given, whether a picnic or watching any number of beachside events. Many of the famous attractions at Santa Monica State Beach are accessible to visitors of different abilities and there are ramps and paths on the sand for increased navigability. Beach wheelchairs are also available to rent free of charge from three Perry’s Cafe locations on Ocean Front Walk – one located north of the pier near Arizona Avenue and the other two located south of the pier near Ocean Park Boulevard.

Playgrounds at Santa Monica Beach

There are lots of fun attractions along the more than three-mile stretch of Santa Monica Beach, including two universally accessible playgrounds. South Beach Park Playground was the first to open and has equipment and areas that can be used by children of all level of abilities, including swings and structures. There is also increased maneuvering space and ramps to play components. Located towards the other end of the beach, past the famed Santa Monica Pier, is North Beach Playground, the city’s newest. With a design inspired by the sea, this playground also has a “sensory garden” where children can learn through touch and use their imaginations to play freely.

Pacific Park

Head to Pacific Park (the west coast’s only amusement park that’s on a pier) for fun rides, souvenir shopping and delicious eateries. The venue is wheelchair accessible and there is a convenient auxiliary entrance for those with mobility impairments. Service animals are also welcome and even allowed on certain rides.

The Santa Monica Pier Carousel

A visit to the pier is not complete without a ride on the Santa Monica Pier Carousel. For guests with wheelchairs, the carousel has an ADA accessible chariot served by a portable ADA ramp that allows ease of use in boarding and riding. Temporarily closed.

Annenberg Community Beach House

Located right on Santa Monica State Beach, attractions like the splash pad and cafe at this oceanfront property with a historic past are free to access by all members of the public. Annenberg Community Beach House also has complimentary beach wheelchairs available from guest services. Temporarily closed.

Palisades Park

Set along Ocean Avenue, Palisades Park is public greenspace that includes several attractions such as the Camera Obscura Art Lab, historic sculptures and the Visitor’s Center Kiosk. The mostly flat surface is ADA accessible and there is accessible parking, restrooms, and picnic areas too.

Third Street Promenade

Third Street Promenade has seemingly unlimited shopping, dining, and both outdoor and indoor entertainment options. The busy city attraction also has ramps and access ways for easy exploring (and indulging). The promenade also has low curbs and audible crosswalk controls are available.

Santa Monica Place

The luxury open-air mall has attracted locals and visitors since it first opened its movie theater, shopping and dining venues in 1980. Santa Monica Place has wheelchairs available for loan from the concierge and the mall is ADA accessible on all floors, including the parking garage.

Main Street

Known for its copious shopping and dining spots, Main Street is also where you can head to the Farmers Market plus and all of the famous street murals. All streets are easily accessible as are the majority of businesses located along this stretch.

Santa Monica Hotels

Several Santa Monica hotels are designed to accommodate the needs of all travelers. For instance, Viceroy Santa Monica offers Braille and tactile signage in rooms and public spaces. Santa Monica Proper Hotel has guest rooms with wheelchair access and allows service animals onsite.

Santa Monica Public Library

Libraries should be open and accessible to all, and the Santa Monica Public Library provides a variety of assistive devices to ensure universal access to its collections and services. This includes listening aids, large print keyboards, joysticks as an adaptable mouse substitute and magnifying sheets. Temporarily closed, curbside pickup available

Metro Expo Line

Serving popular destinations such as Exposition Park, Culver City and Santa Monica Pier, the Metro Expo Line can get you around most popular spots in the city. The stations are accessible to individuals in wheelchairs with either a walkway/ramp or elevator from the street to the platform.

Big Blue Bus

With a fleet of around 200 clean air vehicles available, Big Blue Bus offers transport across a 58-square-mile area so you can comfortably and conveniently travel around the city. Opt for the Mobility On Demand Every Day (MODE) Program to reserve rides in lift-equipped wheelchair vans, driven by specially trained and licensed drivers.

Getty Villa

Though not located in Santa Monica proper, the Getty Villa is a favorite for many given its lush gardens and ancient Roman architecture. The venue is ADA accessible, allows service animals such as guide dogs for the blind, and offers special services for people who are blind/partially sighted, deaf/hard of hearing or using mobility aids. Temporarily closed.

 

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