Many visitors to Santa Monica come because of the beach. The 8.3 square-mile city of Santa Monica offers a variety of activities such as sunbathing, biking and volleyball– which are ideal for our public beaches. Santa Monica is also a family-friendly city with tons of things to do including art exhibits and more. While you’re visiting, be sure to enjoy the attractions and Santa Monica events on the Santa Monica Pier or in our eight neighborhoods. If you’re looking for what to do in Santa Monica, check out a full list of Santa Monica activities below.