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Santa Monica Pier A local popular well-known destination filled with an exciting array of activities is the Santa Monica Pier. The pier offers a wide variety of activities and attractions including an amusement park filled with thrilling rides, a game arcade, an interesting boardwalk and a historic carousel. Movies such as Beverly Hills Cop have been filmed here.

Mysteries en Brochette Enjoy a dinner filled with intrigue at Mysteries en Brochette. Known for featuring talented performers this large theatre company presents a variety of interactive mystery theatre production. The dinner is complete with four-courses, the mystery/dinner show and music.

Santa Monica Historical Society Museum Dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Santa Monica the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum provided visitors with information on the city's history, art and culture. Exhibits include photos, artifacts, maps and more.

Venice Beach Long sandy beach and fabulous surf. All things wierd and wonderful here! From human statues, street entertainers, food/drink outlets, cycling, sports facilities this beach has it all! People watching is fascinating here and it is clean and safe. A real education to visit and great fun!
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Santa Monica Activities

Pacific Park Pacific Park is the West Coast's only family amusement park that is located on a pier. The park offers games, specialty booths and over 12 thrilling rides all overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Visitors can also eat at one of the many specialty food destinations.

Playland Arcade –Grand Prix driving range, a three passenger merry-go-round, a soccer field, an Outer Space room, and a large number of video games are offered at this amusement park.

Museum of Flying , On display at this museum are rare collections of World War II fighter aircrafts, many in flight ready condition. There are auctions that offer the unique aircraft, spacecraft, and movie memorabilia to the public and other museums. Definetly a must see for children who love planes and can view them closely.

Santa Monica Beaches

Santa Monica Beach- Santa Monica Beach is a reflection of the laid back Santa Monica culture. Enjoy watching the beautiful blue waves kiss the sandy beach while enjoying the warm sun. Children can play games, build sand castles or swim. Surfing and body boarding is a popular water activity. Visitors to the beach can also enjoy lazy strolls along the many miles of beach offered here.

Bergamot Station - Bergamot Station was once a stop for the Red Line Trolley and is now a popular tourist destination. The station features 33 galleries, 10 shops, cafes and many entertainment companies. The complex offers some of the most prestigious art galleries in the area as well as many charitable organizations.

Santa Monica Place - Shoppers will find everything that they could want or need at Santa Monica Place. This enormous shopping complex features 140 shops and department stores, restaurants and personal services. Located on 570,000 square feet, this is a shopper's paradise.

Santa Monica Restaurants and Bars

Santa Monica Restaurants

Schatzi's on Main - Found in the heart of Santa Monica Schatzi's on Main was founded by California's governor and his wife, Arnold Schwazenegger and Maria Shriver. The restaurant serves traditional Austrian and International cuisine. The first Monday of each month is "Cigar Night" and guest can enjoy live music.

Globe Venice Beach - Located just one block from Venice Beach visitors will find Globe Venice beach, a restaurant that uses only the freshest local ingredients in their dishes. This casual, friendly restaurant is a neighborhood favorite and outpost of San Francisco's Globe.

Ivy at the Shore - Featuring California favorites such as crab cakes and garden fresh salads Ivy at the Shore is located oceanfront. The beach house feel offers diners a relaxing yet upscale dinning experience. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and brunch.

Santa Monica children's activities

Pacific Park Pacific Park is the West Coast's only family amusement park that is located on a pier. The park offers games, specialty booths and over 12 thrilling rides all overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Visitors can also eat at one of the many specialty food destinations.

Playland Arcade –Grand Prix driving range, a three passenger merry-go-round, a soccer field, an Outer Space room, and a large number of video games are offered at this amusement park.

Museum of Flying , On display at this museum are rare collections of World War II fighter aircrafts, many in flight ready condition. There are auctions that offer the unique aircraft, spacecraft, and movie memorabilia to the public and other museums. Definetly a must see for children who love planes and can view them closely.

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