Create memories with your family
Planning an LA escape for the entire family? Santa Monica boasts a warm welcome to everyone, from all walks of life, with a unique nod to families. From arcade games on the Santa Monica Pier to a day at the beach, start building your bucket list where attractions and entertainment are in abundance.
Sun, sand, sea and city thrills: whoever said ‘you can’t have it all’ hadn’t been to Santa Monica. At the heart of the Santa Monica experience are eight distinctive neighbourhoods, each infused with a wealth of personality and visitor attractions. At just 8.3 square miles, it doesn’t take long to discover the world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment in each of the city’s neighbourhoods.
Set out on a shopping tour on Main Street and check out the street art, or jump on the Metro to Downtown Los Angeles, just a 45-minute ride from Downtown Santa Monica. Explore the independent shops down Pico Boulevard, discover Mid-City’s food scene, or visit landmarks like the Santa Monica Pier.
Head down to the Santa Monica Pier to the famous Pacific Park and the nine-story Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel – the only over-water Ferris wheel in California, and the first solar-powered wheel in the world! Hang out (quite literally) at the Original Muscle Beach - get your photo taken at this iconic spot where locals love to work up a sweat! Gander down the Ocean Front Walk, and explore all the beach has to offer; or, if you want to pick up the pace, hop on one of the many bikes, and cycle down the South Bay Bicycle Trail!
All this activity will work up a healthy appetite so be sure to visit the culinary delights offered throughout the restaurants, cafes and bars in Santa Monica.