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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Recreation Center
“This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round and fantastic views of the bay and the mountains. This place is legendary , even in our so called winter this place is busy with people and musicians everywhere. There are beach tours, bike rentals, and electric scooters for cruising (lime and bird). Download the apps.”
  • 750 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“Take a day trip to Santa Monica (10-15 miles away) to enjoy the beach, restaurants, and pier. The pier has games, performers, rides, and beautiful views. ”
  • 304 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“Great entertainment for couples and solo travelers. Walk barefoot by the shore to feel the warm California sand. Spend a full day here to see all the extravaganza's it has to offer. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Lots to see and do. Visit the arcade, go on amusement park rides or eat ice cream. Lunch and dinner options are plentiful in the surround area.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Admission is free but parking is difficult or pricey. Really fun place though. Roller coasters and all-American junk food is served here. Some fishing too. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Pacific Park is an oceanfront amusement park located in Santa Monica. The park, located on the Santa Monica Pier, looks directly out on the Pacific Ocean, in the direction of Catalina Island”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pier
“One of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen. It's an amazing place to just walk around and people watch. Get on a bird and roll down the beach path or be old school and ride a bike. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Police Station
“Education-oriented marine center with over 100 local species & hands-on exhibits like touch tanks”
  • 20 locals recommend
Gym
“The second best reason to come to Los Angeles. You will find everything only 6 miles away. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“I "LA" grew up here. When you go to the pier, this is the place you want to grab a beer. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“love the scenery, next to Santa Monica Beach; Need more that a day to explore, shop, enjoy the scenery”
  • 7 locals recommend
Store
“15 minutes to coastal sights, arts, entertainment, restaurants, street art/music, outdoor shopping mall, brand stores, bike rental in parking lot, movies - a must visit location.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Establishment
“Great for running or biking, this stretches from Pacific Palisades, through Santa Monica, past the Venice Beach Boardwalk, and down to Marina Del Rey. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“You've seen this pier in numerous movies. A small amusement park on the pier, restaurants, shops, etc all over-looking the cliffs of Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. If you want to test your strength head just south of the pier to the playground sized for adults. Try your hand at the rings, parallel bars or rope climb.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The most fun you can have in Santa Monica! Do intro to aerial silks (think cirque du soleil) or a flying trapeze class.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Local Government Office
  • 3 locals recommend