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Santa Monica State Beach - Things to Know Before Visiting

Santa Monica State Beach, California, USA

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About Santa Monica State Beach

A wonderful beach located just west of Downtown Los Angeles. The beach is two miles long, has a picnic area, shops and pier. Visitor activities include volleyball, basketball and a running strip along the beach.


Attractions Near Santa Monica State Beach

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier0.59km from Santa Monica State Beach

Pacific Park is the family place to play! It's the West Coast's only amusement park located on a pier. Millions of visitors each year enjoy all the rides, games and fun you'd expect from one of Southern California's Leading attractions. There are a total of twelve rides in Pacific Plunge, including the world's first and only solar powered Ferris wheel that provides a view of the Pacific Ocean and a roller coaster that circles the majority of the park.

Downtown Santa Monica
Downtown Santa Monica0.6km from Santa Monica State Beach

This is a worldclass shoppig, dining and entertainment destination located jus steps from the beautiful pacific ocean. It is home to hundreds of businesses catering to your every need.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier0.62km from Santa Monica State Beach

Large double-jointed pier containing a small amusement park, concession stands, and areas for views and fishing.

Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Abbot Kinney Boulevard4.33km from Santa Monica State Beach

Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a mile-long road lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries located in the southern part of Venice, Los Angeles, California. It stretches from Washington Boulevard to Main Street and is home to one-of-a–kind local goods as well as internationally recognized brands. The street has numerous international flagship stores, boutiques, art galleries, salons, and fitness studios. Abbot Kinney is also a popular nightlife spot.

Venice Canals
Venice Canals4.53km from Santa Monica State Beach

The canals are located right off 25th street in Venice Beach. The area is primarily a neighborhood of houses that line four canals about a quarter-mile long each. Along these channels are sidewalks and bridges you can walk to take in the views of this beautiful area. Read all about the canals below so you can check them out for yourself. The Venice Canals are one of the city’s quirkiest neighborhoods as well as a picturesque reminder of the grandiose beginnings of Southern California.

The Getty Villa
The Getty Villa6.88km from Santa Monica State Beach

The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The collection has 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD, including the Lansdowne Heracles and the Victorious Youth. The UCLA/Getty Master's Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation is housed on this campus.

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