Santa Monica is one of the most beautiful cities on the west coast. There’s an activity for every kind of visitor. The nightlife is amazing. There are plenty of street performers and museums for artistic tourists to enjoy. The beach and pier boast a number of rides and water-based sports for thrill-seekers, and there are plenty of stores for the serial shopper.
There’s no right or wrong way to start exploring Santa Monica. Here’s our list of top activities to try when you visit our beautiful city.
Ball-Nogues Cradle, Singing Beach Chairs, And More
Santa Monica is home to a number of impressive art exhibits created by a number of talented Santa Monica artists. You can travel around the city and find dozens of murals and sculptures, but there are a few that you should really check out.
Ball-Nogues Cradle. This exhibit is located on the exterior of the parking garage across from the Santa Monica Place Mall. It’s created by the Ball-Nogues Studio and modeled after Newton’s Cradle.
On the beach south of the Santa Monica Pier, there are two “singing” beach chairs constructed by Santa Monica artist Doug Hollis. The chairs are made up of several large aluminum pipes that whistle as the wind blows through them.
Downtown Santa Monica And Third Street Promenade
Besides public art exhibits, there are plenty of things to get into downtown. The downtown area is home to dozens of restaurants, shops, spas, and entertainment venues. You can catch a comedy show at Westside Comedy Theater. The Santa Monica Place Mall is a beautiful open-air mall with dozens of luxury shops, a food court, and theater.
The Third Street Promenade is the perfect place to watch live street performers do their thing, visit bars, shop, or catch the Metro Expo Line from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles. There’s so much that you can do on the Third Street Promenade. We guarantee that you will never be bored.
Santa Monica Pier
You can’t visit Santa Monica without visiting The Pier. The Pier is as much a historic fixture in Santa Monica as it is a huge entertainment hub. The Pier opened in 1909 as a way to allow residents and visitors with the opportunity to walk along the ocean, fish, and participate in water activities.
Over time, The Pier grew to include a number of shops and an amusement park for all of the thrill-seekers who visit. If you visit The Pier, you can go fishing, participate in some amazing water sports like surfing or paddleboarding, and enjoy the roller coasters, merry-go-round, and games, which are lined up around The Pier’s amusement park.
Visit Big Dean’s
After a long day of touring, shopping, riding, and watching, you’re bound to work up an appetite. That’s when it’s time to make a trip to Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café. We’re located on the east side of the Boardwalk across from the merry go round.