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Best Places To Visit In Santa Monica

Santa Monica is one of Los Angeles' iconic destinations on the beachfront embodying numerous beautiful sites beyond beaches. Regardless, known for the Santa Monica Pier and its related sites, the neighborhood has become a resort city with its yearlong sunshine. From the beaches to the museums, there is just about something for everyone to explore. Below are some worthy sites to keep in mind and help guide your adventure!
What To See And Do
Santa Monica Pier (3)
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Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Santa Monica Pier is perhaps the flagship of Santa Monica. Individuals from all over take the time to experience the Santa Monica Pier when in Santa Monica. Fun fact: the carousel in pictures is not the original- that was auctioned off on eBay for $50,000 in 2008.

While you are enjoying a stroll along the pier, don't forget to make time to check out the numerous other activities and sites, like the Santa Monica Pier: Pacific Park for rides and games or the Santa Monica Pier: Aquarium. Additionally, put aside some time to visit the Looff Hippodrome- a carousel building within. If the amusement park isn't your thing, shift from the Pacific Park to the aquarium and indulge in the aqua life.

Santa Monica State Beach

Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Do you love a good beach without all the Pier attractions? While the State Beach embodies the Pier, on the north and south of the Pier, visitors can expect beautiful sandy activities. From the beach club experience at the Annenberg Community Beach House (north) to exercising at the Muscle Beach (south) to just simply relaxing on the beachfront, State Beach has your sun-filled needs.

Camera Obscura Art Lab (2)
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Santa Monica Camera Obscura And Art Lab
1450 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Located in Palisades Park along the oceanfront, the Camera Obscura and its Art Lab is an hands-on experience for all ages. From making tabletops to painting a landscape to knitting a bag to viewing the incredible work, your inner artist will fully enough the lab has to offer. This often overlooked attraction is filled with rich history and a beautiful view of the oceanfront.
3rd Street Promenade
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Third Street Promenade
1351 3rd Street Promenade #201
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Calling all shoppers, this is your paradise. Whether you are picking up something for yourself or for others, Third Street Promenade is the place to start. Even if you are not looking to shop, the promenade is filled with endless live music, delicious restaurants, and even activities! On the promenade, expect to shop from nearly 100 shops ranging from beloved chains like Lululemon for your next workout gear or Nordstrom to local, small business shops. After taking in all the live music, grab a bite at the various local spots.

Museum of Flying
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Museum Of Flying
3100 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Are you curious how does a cockpit of a plane actually look and what all those buttons do? The Museum of Flying lets you climb inside the cockpit of a 747. The museum emphasis on the Douglas Aircraft and the history of the Santa Monica Airport provides visitors with an opportunity to take it all in first hand. The site is nonetheless filled with rich history, countless planes and parts to explore, interactive exhibits, video kiosks, and a theater.

Where To Eat
Bay Cities Italian Deli

Bay Cities Italian Deli
1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

If you only have time for one meal in Santa Monica, go ahead and make your way down to Bay Cities Italian Deli and order a Godmother- genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella, coppacola, ham and provolone cheese layered on Italian bread. If that is not your choice of sandwiches, guaranteed there is something Bay Cities can make for you. Vouched by 200+ TripAdvisor contributors, this is a must visit.

Tacos Por Favor

Tacos Por Favor
1408 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Tacos Por Favor, a Santa Monica original, is home to the inexpensive, mouthwatering tacos and breakfast burritos that you've probably been seeing across your Instagram feed. Try it for yourself and join the Tacos Por Favor fan club.
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