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Weekend Breaks to Santa Monica

Planning a short break to Santa Monica? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Santa Monica. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Santa Monica. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Palisades Park

for 2.5 kms this narrow park runs along the edge of the ocean. Joggers and walkers alike enjoy the paths with the ocean view and the palm trees overhead. Many people enjoy just relaxing on a park bench and watching the stunning sunsets. At the northern end is Inspiration Point where the views of Malibu and surrounds stretch far and wide.

Santa Monica Place

a lively shopping mall built in 1979. The food hall on the first floor offers a wide variety of reasonably priced meals. The 2nd and 3rd floors have a huge range of shops from chain stores to individual boutiques.

View their website for further info www.santamonicaplace.com

Santa Monica Pier

There's something for everyone on this 1908 landmark. From the amusement arcade with it's ferris wheel that rises 11 stories above the pier. You can fish without a permit from the balconies on the lower deck or visit the Looff Carousel and see the 44 handcrafted horses. On Thursday summer evenings there is free dancing and live music.

California Hertiage Museum

2612 Main Street, (310) 392-8537 - On the first floor you can view the lifestyle of various periods in Southern Californian history. Upstairs there are changing exhibitions on topics such as surfing, the Hollywood Western, quilts.

Venice

with it's man-made canals. The best place to see the remaining canals is on Dell Avenue, where old bridges, boats and ducks grace the waterways. Venice beach has a very entertaining atmosphere. From skaters and cyclists to street performers and one-man bands, there is never a dull moment.

For a detailed map view artscenecal.com/Maps/SM.html, or to actually view the area you can log onto www.westland.net/beachcam/

Topanga State Park

The area was originally inhabited by Indians 5000 years ago and stretches from the Pacific Palisades to the San Fernando Valley. This 10 000 acre park in the largest city park in America. It provides ample space for hiking and riding. It includes the Santa Monica Mountains, canyons, cliffs and meadows and eventually gives way to views of the ocean and San Fernando Valley.

For further info about the park, have a look at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=629

Malibu Lagoon State Beach

an estury with a wide range of marine and bird life. To the east of the lagoon is the 35 acre Surfride Country Beach - for surfers only. With its rare point break, Malibu is one of the finest surfing spots in southern California.

A good website to look at for more info about this area is www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=835

Museum of Flying

2772 Donald Douglas Loop N, Tel (310) 392-8822. The first airplane to fly around the world is on display at this fascinating museum of aviation history.

Will Rogers State Historic Park

Will Rogers started life as a cowboy and went on to become a film star, radio commentator and newspaper columnist. He died in 1905 and his window in 1944. She deeded the house and the surrounding 186 acres of land to the state. She requested that the house remained untouched and that polo matches were to be held on weekends. The estate is home to some lovely hiking trails and the beautiful lawns provide a wonderful setting for picnics.

For more info on this park please go to www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=626

Marina del Rey

4111 Via Marina, Tel (310) 821-0555. The world's largest artificial small-craft harbour. You can enjoy outdoor activities such as skating, cycling and water sports, as well as hire everything from paddle boats to yachts.

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