Perfect for family holidays, Santa Monica is where you need to be this summer to experience beautiful weather, exciting adventures, and lots of cool, fun stuff. Scroll down to get some inspo! By Shubhanjana Das
1. Santa Monica Pier
First things first, Santa Monica Pier epitomises the spirit of California. Home to the Pacific Park overlooking the ocean, there is a giant Ferris Wheel, a small roller coaster and the New York Trapeze School. The food court is amazing and so are the concerts often held on the extended southern part of the pier.
2. Third Street Promenade
You can also get a good vibe of the local life at their favourite pedestrian shopping zone, Third Street Promenade. Stretching three blocks from Broadway at Santa Monica Place to Wilshire Blvd, the streets are lined with restaurants and shopping centres while street musicians serenade the visitors to the most soulful and upbeat tunes.
3. Santa Monica Beach
On days that the locals don’t feel like doing anything and give it to the place’s rustic charm, you will find the beach to be dotted with people chilling under the sun, hanging out with friends and what not. The beach is the absolute gem of Santa Monica, and it defines the place in more ways than one. Given that the beach runs all along the length of Santa Monica, you can find quieter patches away from the pier where you can enjoy a book and a few sandwiches, all by yourself.
4. Palisades Park
Santa Monica boasts of views of both the ocean and the mountains, and Palisades Park is the place to view the best of both worlds. So, if you are a sucker for picture-perfect selfies, Palisades Park is where you should be heading to.
5. Santa Monica Farmers’ Market
Filling in Arizona Avenue on Wednesdays, the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market is a must-visit if you wish to witness where the amazing fresh food supplies come from. The place is bustling with locals and we say it is better than a bar if you want to strike up a conversation with the locals.
6. Tongva Park
Santa Monica has transformed a quotidian concrete parking space into an idyllic parkland dotted with playground, waterfalls, walking paths, meadows and a mesmerising view of the Pacific through a conch-like wired structure. Moreover, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s Weather Field No.1 further makes this park an absolutely unmissable spot.