With a classic pier and amusement park, this gorgeous coastal city is one of the top attractions in the LA area. From shopping and dining to nightlife, entertainment and family-friendly diversions, you'll find all kinds of things to do in Santa Monica. Stroll the pier for beautiful views of the coast and nearby mountains, play in the surf or enjoy a cocktail as you watch the sun sink into the Pacific Ocean.
Summer concerts on the pier, holiday celebrations, farmers market
Stroll the world-famous Santa Monica Pier
Ride a roller coaster over the ocean
Shop, dine and drink on the Third Street Promenade
Toast the sunset and enjoy the coastal views
Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park & Aquarium
No visit to LA is complete without visiting the iconic pier, one of the top Santa Monica attractions. Appearing in numerous movies, the pier is home to Pacific Park, an oceanfront amusement park, and the family-friendly beach-level aquarium
Santa Monica Beach
California dreaming becomes reality on this scenic slice of the California coastline. This three-mile stretch of soft sand features inspiring views, bike and walking paths, and of course, the famous Santa Monica Pier.
Where can I shop and dine?
Head to the Third Street Promenade for upscale shopping and dining in Santa Monica. You’ll also find retail and dining establishments on Main Street and on the Santa Monica Pier itself.
Are there any cool galleries and museums here?
Yes! Check out Bergamot Station Arts Center for a collection of neat galleries in a variety of media, or head to the Santa Monica Museum of Art to peruse permanent and rotating collections.