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2022 Santa Monica Must Do List

Check Out 22 of the Top Santa Monica, California Attractions You Must Do in 2022!

Are you looking to add some Santa Monica, California attractions to your bucket list in 2022? Check out our Santa Monica Must Do List! Discover 22 of the top things to experience in Santa Monica this year, in no particular order.

1. Taste The Santa Monica Farmers Markets

santa monica farmers markets

Santa Monica Farmers Markets are a playground of colors, flavors, and textures. Occurring downtown on Wednesdays & Saturdays and on Virginia Ave. on Saturday and Main Street on Sundays, you have multiple chances in a week to experience them for yourself.

2. Visit The Annenberg Community Beach House

Annenberg Community Beach House

A totally unique-to-Santa-Monica experience must include a visit to the Annenberg Community Beach House. Great for families, this free community hang-out has playgrounds and splash pads, volleyball courts, a pay-to-use pool, beach rentals and even their very own Back in the Beach Café, where you can dine with your toes in the sand!

3. Swing Through The Skies At Trapeze School New York

Trapeze school

Face your fears and learn to fly when you book a class at Trapeze School New York! In addition to flying trapeze classes, take the opportunity to try trampolining, silks, or an aerial hoop, while you enjoy incredible Santa Monica views.

4. Relax At The Calming Spot

the calming spot santa monica

Enjoy candlelit meditations, a beach sound bath or a relaxing breathing technique with The Calming Spot, an immersive meditative experience for your overall wellness. 

5. Visit the Iconic Santa Monica Pier & Santa Monica State Beach

Santa Monica Pier

When you visit the Santa Monica Pier, you get a chance to experience a place unlike anywhere else. From Pacific Park, the west coast's only pier amusement park, to the famous Route 66 sign, there’s a little something for everyone. 

For those wishing to sink their toes in the sand, Santa Monica State Beach is a Southern California icon. Try surfing, paddleboarding, beach yoga, beach cycling, or just plain lounging when you visit. 

6. Take A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Santa Monica’s Murals

Santa Monica murals

Check out our guide to street art murals in Santa Monica and discover unbelievable art in all of the eight unique neighborhoods of the city. You won’t believe your eyes. 

7. Shopping on 3rd Street Promenade

3rd Street Promenade

Shopping in Downtown Santa Monica on the iconic Third Street Promenade is a breezy mixture of food, culture, performances, and unique goods. From unforgettable food and international brands to tiny local shops and glitzy bars, the area is a sight to behold. 

8. Learn At The California Heritage Museum

California heritage museum

Everything you ever wanted to know about California’s multicultural history is waiting to be discovered at the California Heritage Museum, situated in the Historic Landmark Roy Jones house, which was built in 1894. 

9. Find Your Zen At Palisades Park

Palisades park

Made up of over 26 acres, Palisades Park is a gorgeous mix of bluffs, mountain and coastal views, and the Pacific Ocean. Escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and take a relaxing stroll during your next visit to Southern California.

10. Break A Sweat at Beach Cycle

Beach cycle

Experience a workout like no other at Beach Cycle! Located on the picturesque Santa Monica State Beach, you’ll get a workout while you breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy the vast views.

11. Browse Art Galleries At Bergamot Station

Bergamot Station

Art and culture lovers will be overjoyed with a visit to Bergamot Station, a hub that includes a world-famous arts complex, tens of galleries, and tons of unique events. Check out their delightful Bergamot Café or experience something beautiful at the ever-changing exhibits at the 18th Street Art Center.

12. Take Flight At The Museum of Flying

Museum of flying

Learn all about the history of California Aviation the Museum of Flying. From photos, videos, and artifacts to actual aircraft, vehicles, and flight exhibits, this unique museum is aviation fan’s dream come true.

13. Perk Up With Local Coffee or Teas

santa monica coffee and tea

Grab a pick-me-up at one of Santa Monica’s delightful coffee or tea houses. From a latte at Gnarwhal Coffee to something refreshing at Buena Vida Tea, there’s something delicious and caffeinated for everyone!

14. Snack Al-Fresco With Santa Monica Picnic Co.

santa monica picnic co

Enjoy an elegant picnic, curated with the best charcuterie selections, refreshments, and gorgeously curated furnishings, courtesy of Santa Monica Picnic Co. on your next day out.

15. See A Show At Broad Stage

the broad stage

The Eli and Edyth Broad Stage is a nearly 500-seat theater at Santa Monica College where thespians and fans of the arts can catch everything from dramas to ballets. 

16. Learn About Local Marine Life At The Heal The Bay Aquarium

Heal the bay aquarium

Heal the Bay Aquarium is committed to the conservation of Southern California’s beautiful coastal waters and their inhabitants. Located under the Santa Monica Pier, visitors can marvel at the marine life while they learn about ocean conservation and sustainability practices. 

17. Get Around Like A Local On Santa Monica Bike Trails

Santa monica bike trails

Biking in Santa Monica is easy, fun, and affordable. Check out the Marvin Braude Bike Trail and ride along the coast for some serious views and beach vibes, or bike down Main Street and make a few pit-stops at great shops and restaurants. Because bike rentals are accessible and plentiful in Santa Monica, anyone can join the fun! 

18. Visit The Original Muscle Beach

Original muscle beach

Not everyone knows that the Original Muscle Beach is located right on Ocean Front Walk in Santa Monica! Check it out for yourself and see a piece of history that’s still used by athletes and tourists today.

19. Catch A Flick At The Aero Theatre

Aero theatre

Known as an iconic Santa Monica landmark, the Aero Theatre on Montana Ave. offers film fans a nostalgic experience. This single-screen movie theater opened in 1940 and still serves as a hub for film showings and panel discussions today. 

20. Cocktails With A View

Santa monica cocktails

Enjoy an exciting bar scene complete with gorgeous beach and city views from venues like Elephante, Penthouse, ONYX or any of the other amazing nightlife locales in Santa Monica. From craft drinks to a sea breeze, a weekend out in Santa Monica can’t be beaten.

21. Strum A Few Chords At McCabe’s Guitar Shop

McCabe’s guitar shop

McCabe’s Guitar Shop is a legendary location offering instrument sales, repairs, music lessons, and even live shows. The stage at McCabe's has featured iconic artists like Tom Petty, Gil Scott-Heron, and R.E.M. in its decades of operation.

22. Get Curious At jAdis

Curiosities abound at jAdis, a mixture of retail, prop museum, gallery, and collection cabinet. Unlike anything you’ve seen before, this place offers gadgets, toys, props, artifacts, and curiosities from a pre-digital era that are sure to awe and amuse.



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