Itching to explore Santa Monica’s many, exciting neighborhoods? Each of Santa Monica’s eight neighborhoods has a world of unique options for every occasion. Whether you’re taking the family out for a day of activities, having a night out with friends, or simply enjoying the scenery, each of Santa Monica’s neighborhoods has a lot to offer.
Here’s what you need to know about the second half of Santa Monica’s eight lively neighborhoods. If you missed Part 1, be sure to check it out!
4 Santa Monica Neighborhoods You Need To Explore
Ocean Park Boulevard
The Ocean Park Boulevard neighborhood, also known as the Santa Monica Airport area, is in the southeastern edge of Santa Monica and is known for its diverse shops, boutiques, and eats. You’ll definitely want to check out Clover Park, as well as the Museum of Flying. Plus, the airport has great observation decks, greenery, and antique market pop-ups.
If you’re in the mood for shopping, be sure to check out Artful Handcrafted Gifts, and if you’re looking for entertainment, the Ruskin Group Theatre is a great spot to be. Take your dog to Airport Park, check out a rugby or soccer game there, or grill out with friends.
Santa Monica’s Pico Boulevard neighborhood is an art-filled, ever-growing neighborhood to hit with friends or family, where you can indulge in tons of murals, galleries, music venues, and beyond. The Saturday farmers’ market at Virginia Avenue Park is a big hit, as well as Santa Monica College’s performing arts venues and planetarium.
Be sure to also check out the Sewing Arts Center or swing by the popular local pet shop, Animal Kingdom of Santa Monica.
The Wilshire Boulevard neighborhood is a 16-mile stretch from LA to Ocean Avenue, and it has offerings on every part of the spectrum: upscale, thrift, boutique, traditional, creative, and more. It is known for its strip of consignment stores of every shape and size, which are enjoyed by people of all ages.
Looking for inspiration? You’ll find it in the Wilshire Boulevard area. Want to enjoy a great workout? Visit Gloveworx or Pure Barre and don’t forget to shoot some pool at the eclectic House of Billiards.
The Main Street neighborhood features a wide array of businesses, boutiques, and activities for any time of day. Sitting next to the Pacific, it’s a great spot to walk around and browse through the many shops, as well as a lively spot for nightlife. Be sure to check out the California Heritage Museum, Cha Spa, Arts and Letters, and Love Adorned.
If you’re a big surfer, ZJ Boarding House is the spot for you to come by after a surf sesh. It is a favorite of surfers, bodyboarders, skateboarders, and beyond.
Stop By Big Dean’s For An Epic Meal!
The next time you’re in the famous Santa Monica Pier neighborhood, you won’t want to miss Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café. We are located on the East side of the Boardwalk across from the Merry Go Round. There is food and drink for every palate and occasion, whether you are strolling by on a day out or getting ready to enjoy the sunset on a night out with friends.
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