Attractions in Santa Monica

Walk, run, cycle, roller skate, or longboard along Santa Monica's 26-mile bike path by the beach. Starting at the famous Santa Monica Pier and entirely along the Pacific Ocean, you can continue on the path all the way to Manhattan and Hermosa Beach. This perfectly flat path is recommended for any level of fitness and is perfect for families. Bike rentals are easy to find, and some hotels even provide free bikes.

Need a break from the city? The Santa Monica Mountains are easily accessible and only 20 minutes from downtown. Explore canyons and waterfalls, and enjoy glorious views of the city, ocean, and coastline. There are a variety of trails to please everyone, from easy to strenuous. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks.

The first concrete pier on the west coast, Santa Monica Pier was built in 1909 with a pipeline underneath it to run treated sewage out into the ocean. This usage was discontinued in the 1920s. The Pier soon became a legendary fishing spot, and in 1915, a carousel carver and entrepreneur Charles Loof created an amusement park on the south side of the Pier. Find out more about the cherished Pier's long history when you visit, and enjoy a leisurely stroll or a ride on the Ferris wheel.

Go people-watching at Santa Monica Beach north of the Pier. This massive, sandy-white beach is popular among movie producers and families alike. If you are feeling brave, take a dip in the Pacific Ocean.

Located south of the Pier is the original Muscle Beach, with an open-air gym area dating back to the 1930s. Celebrities and internationally renowned bodybuilders have trained here. Jack LaLanne, who opened the first health club in 1936, began his fitness career on this beach. Simply go to watch the scene or take a swing on the rings yourself.

Santa Monica's pedestrian-only Third Street Promenade is just minutes from the beach and pier. Enjoy shopping, eating, and movie-star spotting as you stroll along the Promenade. Singers, magicians, and other street performers are there to entertain you along the way.

Revel in sea breezes, a sunset walk, or happy hour on historic Ocean Avenue. With beautiful beach on one side and great seafood restaurants on the other, this 15-block scenic avenue is a favorite getaway.