Key Attractions in Santa Monica
See the Best of the Area
There are so many Santa Monica tourist attractions in the area that it’s hard to focus on just one.
SANTA MONICA AREA ATTRACTIONS
Convenient Santa Monica Pier Hotel, Just Steps From The Action
Discover the best location among the hotels near Santa Monica Pier at Loews Santa Monica. The iconic, 100-year-old wooden pier and amusement park juts out 1,600 feet into the Pacific Ocean just two blocks from our front doors. Take in a dazzling array of entertainment, dining and shopping options. Ride a historic Carousel and exciting Pacific Park thrill rides or play in the arcade. Explore the wonders of the ocean in the aquarium. Or simply wander among the street performers, artists and musicians - easily some of the quirkiest characters you'll ever meet on land or sea. No other Santa Monica Pier hotel offers access to the pier like Loews Santa Monica.
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is Heal the Bay’s public marine-education center located beach-level, just below the Carousel at the world famous Santa Monica Pier. You and your family will be treated to a unique view into the ocean world just steps from our Aquarium’s doors. The family-friendly facility is home to more than 100 species of marine animals and plants – all found in the Santa Monica Bay.
Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets
The outdoor farmers’ markets are the place to find fresh, beautiful produce and cut flowers from local, organic California farmers, as well as live music, chef exhibitions, artisanal cheeses and gourmet items. In fact, many top Southern California chefs and restaurateurs are regulars at the markets, more info.
Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach
The original Santa Monica Muscle Beach – an outdoor, beachside facility with a range of workout equipment – was made famous by Jack LaLanne, the godfather of physical fitness. Enjoy fabulous sightseeing with this fabulous Santa Monica travel attraction, more info.
LOS ANGELES AREA ATTRACTIONS
Santa Monica’s proximity to greater Los Angeles and Southern California is another reason that Santa Monica has so many repeat visitors – nearby options range from Hollywood to Beverly Hills, Disneyland to the Universal Studios, all within an hour’s drive.
- Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive
- Hollywood Blvd. and the Hollywood Sign
- Hollywood Bowl
- L.A. Live
- Malibu Beach
- Malibu Paragliding
- Sunset Blvd. Strip
- The O.C.
- Venice Beach Boardwalk
LA’s museum scene is as dynamic as ever, be sure to visit the Arts & Culture page for information for the some of the area’s greatest attractions including the Getty Center, Grammy Museum, plus the Natural History Museum and more.
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