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Santa Monica, your way

There are so many fun things to do in Santa Monica that the question isn’t what to do, but where to start. Whether putting your toes in the sand at Santa Monica State Beach, taking in the sights at the Santa Monica Pier, hand-picking the freshest fruit and veggies at one of the Santa Monica Farmers Markets, embarking on a challenging hike or soaking up the art and culture, make the experience yours. With safe and clean public transportation and walkable routes, you can get to your chosen activity or destination with ease. Close to Los Angeles, LAX,  Malibu and other Southern California hot spots, make Santa Monica your go-to home base anytime you crave a coastal escape.

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Things to do in Santa Monica

With so much to do in Santa Monica, it’s up to you how you want to spend your time here. Maybe you’re the adventurous type, looking for the best surf and the most challenging trails at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Or perhaps you’re taking a well-deserved break from the daily grind to pamper yourself and prioritize your wellness.

Or maybe you want to channel your playful side at Pacific Park or take in the breathtaking views from Palisades Park and Tongva Park. Soak up the sun while working up a sweat at the Original Muscle Beach, lounging poolside at Annenberg Community Beach House or seaside at Santa Monica State Beach. When seeking things to do in Santa Monica today, tomorrow or next month, find your perfect event, attraction, landmarks and activities.

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Santa Monica for All

Explore by vibe

No matter what interests you, or what type of explorer you are, there’s something for everyone in Santa Monica. Stroll through open-air art galleries, ride the roller coaster at the amusement park, get retail therapy at the Third Street Promenade or simply play in the sand. Families, culture lovers, foodies and trendsetters all find something to love here.

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Find itineraries, local tips and exciting adventures to help shape your Santa Monica schedule.

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