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In the spirit of Santa Monica’s vibrant outdoor life and beach culture, here are the top 10 activities travelers and local visitors can enjoy along the Santa Monica coastline.
Santa Monica thrives on a healthy, active lifestyle. Hop on a bike and ride the South Bay Bicycle Trail that runs for miles along the beach, the longest beach path of its kind. Bikes, rollerblades and other gear are available for rent at several spots along the way.
The Annenberg Community Beach House creates an interactive and fun environment by offering a public pool that features a splash pad, water playground and a cafe, where kids and parents can relax with their feet in the sand.
With the Pacific Ocean as a backyard, it’s no surprise that Santa Monica knows surfing! And, with the number of great surfing instructors and surf camps who call the city their home, by the end of your visit, so will you.
Santa Monica is the birthplace of beach volleyball. Hundreds of courts pepper the beaches and are available to the public first come, first served and free of charge.
For a luxurious beach experience without the fuss of carrying your gear and food, Perry’s Café’s Beach Butler service will set up chairs, a table and an umbrella at a designated time and location, plus they will deliver sunning products, cold beverages and food, as well as clean up afterward.
The famous Santa Monica Pier hosts the Twilight Concert Series every summer, free open-air music events on Thursday nights featuring top performers. The concerts draw families, couples and friends, who gather both on the pier and on the beach below to enjoy the live music.
Following the belief that everything is better at the beach, take your mat to the sand and flow through your asanas there, or explore a number of studios and classes that trade four walls for an ocean breeze.
The Heal The Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium offers an enlightening peek into Santa Monica’s ocean world. The family-friendly facility is home to more than 100 species of marine animals and plants — all found in the Santa Monica Bay.
Also located on the Santa Monica Pier, the Trapeze School New York provides acrobatic classes for those who are fearless or who are facing fears, including flying trapeze, static trapeze and trampoline, for various levels.
The West Coast’s only amusement park located on a pier, Pacific Park provides topnotch, year-round entertainment for kids of any age. From arcade games to fast-flying roller coasters, with a side of sweet treats, everyone will find something to love. The park is also home to the world's only solar-powered Ferris wheel, which offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from more than 130 feet above the pier.