Let the Santa Monica adventures begin — discover our recommendations for family-friendly beach trips, parks, museums, outdoor activities, and more.

Family Attractions


Cool off and unwind at the only rooftop pool on the Westside. Relax, order poolside snacks from our restaurant Calabra, and take in views of surf, sand, and city.

Santa Monica Pier and Aquarium (Pacific Park)

The historic Santa Monica Pier is one of the Westside’s most iconic destinations. From a spin on the solar-powered Pacific Park ferris wheel to a visit to the immersive Heal the Bay Aquarium, find endless options for a day by the water. 

Santa Monica State Beach

Hit the nearby Santa Monica State Beach to experience one of the most beloved beaches in Southern California. This sandy 3-mile stretch is perfect for taking a dip, soaking in the local surf scene, and taking a spin along the bike path.

Tongva Park

Within walking distance from the Pier, find Tongva, a beautifully modern six-acre urban park with ample space for picnicking, cooling off in the splash pad, or exploring the outdoors on a bike ride or nature-filled walk.

SM/Venice Bike Path

Experience the unique culture and distinct beauty of the California Coast with a ride along the 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail, a paved urban bike path starting in the Pacific Palisades and winding continuously through Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Marina Del Rey. 

Douglas Park

Head east on Wilshire to find Douglas Park, a historic movie studio lot turned restored bucolic oasis, complete with tennis courts, lawn bowling greens, plenty of space to play and picnic, and three reflecting pools.

Museum of Flying

Opened in the 1970s, the Museum of Flying celebrates the best in California aviation history, with dozens of aircraft on display, interactive exhibits, and rare relics from the history of aeronautics. 

Will Rogers State Park

In 1944, the sprawling ranch formerly home to celebrated actor Will Rogers was transformed into this state historic park, today a destination for horseback riding through the canyons, hikes to scenic Inspiration Point, outdoor screenings of classic cinema, and more.

The Getty Villa

Tucked into a framework of lush gardens overlooking the Malibu coastline, find J.Paul Getty’s stunning villa dedicated to the study of ancient arts and culture. The Villa, a haven for art lovers and students of all ages, is home to over 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. 

Venice Boardwalk

The Venice Boardwalk is one of the most highly-visited, history-rich spots in Los Angeles. Discover a melting pot of story along this pedestrian-only stretch, home to incredible people watching and some of the neighborhood’s best eateries, bars, and boutiques.

Rock Climbing

Whether you’re training for an adventure or looking for a new way to get active, be part of California’s rock-climbing legacy at Rockreation, a much-loved indoor climbing gym with options for every age and difficulty level. 

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