Things to Do
Santa Monica, your way
There’s 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.
What’s happening in Santa Monica
Annual events, seasonal festivals, west coast-centric happenings and exciting special occasions all mingle on Santa Monica’s vibrant events calendar. With ideal year-round weather and diverse cultural offerings, there’s always something happening in Santa Monica.
Painting Exhibition: KAREN SIMON, “Floating Strings”
Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America
(Re)imagining Home: On Care for Our Common Home Exhibition
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Find itineraries, local tips and exciting adventures to help shape your Santa Monica schedule.