The Beach, the Pier, Palisades Park, Third Street Promenade
If you only have half a day to spend in Santa Monica, we recommend visits to the Pier, beach and Third Street Promenade, all centrally located and within easy walking distance of each other. Enjoy Ocean Front Walk with it's cafés and seaside atmosphere. Visit the newly refurbished Santa Monica Aquarium, a hands-on fun learning experience for the whole family. Walk to the Santa Monica Pier with its historic Carousel built in 1922. Experience thrills and chills on Pacific Park's roller coaster and nine-story, solor-powered Ferris wheel.
Next to the Pier, on the bluff, is beautiful Palisades Park, an ideal place for sauntering along the cliffs above the ocean and watching the sunset. It is also recommended that visitors check out the Camera Obscura
Stroll down to bustling Third Street Promenade for some casual shopping and enjoy the myriad of street performers with their eclectic blend of music, juggling, magic and dance.