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Exploring Santa Monica, CA: Five cool things to do on your visit

Santa Monica in Los Angeles, CA is a big draw for tourists! Here are the five things to do when you visit:

Enjoy the Santa Monica Pier

This beautiful pier is one of the most photographed locations in the world! Enjoy the views, ride the Pacific Park ferris wheel and carnival games, and grab a churro, burger or tamales

Rent a bike and fly down the 22-mile bike path by the beach

The Marvin Braude Bike Trail begins at Will Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades, just a few miles north of the Santa Monica Pier, and ends past the beach cities near Torrance. If you want to spend 2-3 hours on the bike, start by Santa Monica pier and do a round trip to Venice Beach and back. This is a good reference map.

There are many options for bike rentals. There are public bike rentals, bike shares and bike rental shops all over Santa Monica. Perry's at the Beach is a popular shop.

Prefer an electric bike? Check out bikes from Pedego, in Santa Monica. You can also join a bike tour if you prefer going in a group. The Bike Center offers a tour that takes you on an adventure all over Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

Segway instead? Explore Santa Monica on a Segway tour! The tour starts at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica.

Picnic at Palisades Park!

Pick up breakfast at Tartine Bakery, drive down to and park near Palisades Park, a beautiful coastal bluff along PCH and the Pacific Ocean. You can picnic at the park or take a walk up and down the bluff.

Spend half a day at the beach!

Surf, sunbathe or play beach volleyball on Santa Monica beach! There are bathrooms, play areas and walking paths by the ocean, and restaurants are in the vicinity. Dogs are not allowed. Explore the official Santa Monica city list to find parking. To reserve a sand volleyball court, email or call (310) 458-2201, extension 5186.

Looking for a beginner's surfing lesson? Look no further, book this highly recommended lesson. This 90 minute lesson is conducted by Kapowui and takes place at the border of Santa Monica and Venice. Fun Surf LA offers private surf lessons.

Stroll down Third Street Promenade

This is a charming pedestrian-only area with a bunch of restaurants and stores! Catch a talented street musician or a dancer, eat at iconic eateries and shop at small businesses!


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