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Santa Monica LEED Parking Shopping addicts and night entertainment enthusiasts should pay a visit to the pier area as the Promenade accumulates the brightest and the most remarkable entertainment establishments of the city. The resort offers a great variety of family oriented entertainment complexes and center. One of the establishments of the kind is the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. The city guests are invited to enjoy a rich collection of sea inhabitants at a rather reasonable price. The youngest visitors of the city will love a miniature aquarium.
The most touristic and much visited destination of the resort city of Santa Monica is the Promenade accumulating a major part of entertainment establishments, stores, restaurants and bars. … Open
Not far from the pier tourists will discover several specialized museums for children holding exciting excursions for the youngest guests. The Museum of Flying is of great popularity among city guests. The Santa Monica Natural History Museum holds interesting lectures and excursions for kids. During the warm season the Santa Monica Beach being the central coastal area of the city turns to the most popular place of leisure, rest and recreation. The beach is a perfect destination for various sport activities and sun bathing. The beach is equipped with several excellent sport grounds with rental centers offering various sport equipment and gears.
One of the most heavily visited places of the city is the Santa Monica Pier park which is laid out right on the pier. The place of unspeakable beauty offers its visitors various attractions meeting each taste and fancy. The park is an established place for holding of various music concerts and street artists’ performances. The park offers a great observation wheel to observe the city and to embrace its glory. The youngest visitors of the park will surely love attractions and local cafes offering plenty of sweets and desserts. Copyright
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Those tourists tending to rest in a quieter ambience should spend a day in the Mary Hotchkiss park. Its area features several picnic zones. The park offers numerous cozy places to enjoy reading under age-old trees. The Dorothy Green park will be the best place for serene and private leisure. The resort city of Santa Monica hosts several upscale day spa centers. These health improving centers will meet the tastes and fancies of the most fastidious visitors.
Museum Entrance Hall, Getty Center The Burke Williams Spa, Willow Spa and Alchemie Spa Retreat centers are best worth visiting. In the evening the resort invites its guests to visit numerous night clubs, dance floors and pubs. The Harvelle's Blues club will be an excellent place for blues fans meanwhile the Yankee Doodles club will best meet the interests of bright hot party’s fans. Shopaholics are recommended to visit the Third Street Promenade shopping center as at weekends its guests may witness the most exciting and entertainment programs.
Santa Monica is a city that combines the elements of ancient and modern. This place attracts tourists by its practically year-round sunny days (325 days a year), a magnificent beach at the … Open
Santa Monica can boast of the presence of many fun activities – and in particular, as already mentioned, water sport. In addition, tourists will be able to try out air tours, ride on a helicopter, or organize eco-tourism. They can also enjoy a stroll through the picturesque natural sights of the surrounding area of California City. You can also arrange a bike ride, for which all conditions are fashioned in Santa Monica. Those who wish to actively spend time will find it interesting if they pay a visit to the sports school, Trapeze School New York, where tourists can feel like acrobats. It should be noted that such a pastime is safe, and there is no need to worry too much about reliability.
Getty Center Museum in Santa Monica Those who want to learn how to climb mountains should go on the OnRope Consulting tour. Santa Monica Pier is attractive not only for its magnificent scenic views and various activities, but also for the fact that on its territory you can find the wonderful Pacific amusement park. Of particular interest is the “Ferris wheel”, which offers a wonderful view of the bay and the city. Among the rides you can find some extreme ones, so not only children, but also their parents will have a good time here. You should definitely visit Ocean Park Ranch and enjoy the pastoral atmosphere, ride horses, and talk to them.
Santa Monica, a small beachfront city, offers its guests plenty of marvelous restaurants and cozy cafes which are scattered all over the city and located in every shopping center. In the … Open
Attending master classes will be great leisure time for travelers. Such master classes are held, for example, at The Gourmandise School, where you can learn how to cook like they do in California. For outdoor recreation and walking, the South Beach Park, equipped with sports and children’s playgrounds, is a perfect destination. Virginia Avenue Park is more suitable for walking and relaxing, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For those who like to take great photos, it is worth mentioning the Candytopia studio, whose amusing scenery amazes even inexperienced tourists.
Santa Monica Beach Bowlmor Club is a wonderful entertainment center in Santa Monica – here, as the name suggests, bowling is presented to visitors. Tennis fans will not be bored either: there are several tennis schools in the city, with Westside Tennis being considered to be the best center among them. In the North American city you can also find theaters and art cafes with great theatrical shows that deserve great praise. Among them are the Santa Monica Playhouse and Creating Arts Company theaters. There are as well the Harvelle’s Club bar (where the Harlow Gold theater troupe often performs) and the cabaret Edgemar Center for the Arts. For those who wish to listen to stand-up performances, it is recommended to go to the club, Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater.
One of the main distinctive features of the city of Santa Monica is a welcoming and easy atmosphere. The resort is heavily visited by tourists from all over the world. Local residents treat … Open
The tourists will also be happy to have a night pastime in Santa Monica – which is no less fulfilling than the daytimes’. In addition to the already mentioned bars, there are a few more worthy of visiting. For example, the Ye Olde Kings Head bar will impress visitors with its interesting interior and spacious furnishings, while the Basement Tavern bar will be a great place for those who do not like to sit in stuffy rooms, preferring fresh air. The Craftsman bar will be fascinating to cocktail lovers, and as for beer lovers, they usually meet in The Commons Ale House bar. Those who prefer wine to all drinks will be happy to visit the Bodega Wine Bar.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Santa Monica and surroundings

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Map of all parks
National and city parks around Santa Monica
♥   Park 'Roxbury' , 8.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Wilderness Park 'Westridge-Canyonback' , 10.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Local Park 'Mulholland Gateway Park of Los Angeles' , 13.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Fryman C' , 14.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Topanga' , 16.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all pret-parks
Amusement parks near Santa Monica
♥   Amusement park 'Pacific Park' Santa Monica, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Hollywood & Safaripark Stukenbrock' Stukenbrock, 16.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Dreamland' Seoul, 17.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Universal Studios Hollywood' Universal City, 18.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Amusement park 'Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim' Sinsheim, 20.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all aquaparks
Water attractions around Santa Monica
♥   Water park 'Six Flags Hurricane Harbor' Valencia, 46.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Water park 'Splash & Fun Water Park' Baħar Iċ-Ċagħaq, 46.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Water park 'Knott s Soak City' Buena Park, 49.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Water park 'Great Wolf Lodge' Garden Grove, 59.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Water park 'Raging Waters' San Dimas, 63.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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