Visit Santa Monica
There’s a lot going on at Santa Monica Pier, home to the aforementioned Pacific Park as well as the legendary and historic 1920s carousel, which features 44 wooden animals and was featured in the classic Paul Newman and Robert Redford film, “The Sting.” It is also where you’ll find the Heal the Bay Aquarium, which we’ll get into a bit later, and the Los Angeles outpost of the New York Trapeze School, where you can realize all your circus trapeze fantasies like a pro. In addition to the food court, there are several restaurants to suit every budget and taste. Summer concerts are sometimes held on the extended south side of the pier, so check the events schedule on the website before planning your trip. If anything, stop by long enough to catch a beautiful California sunset.
Pacific Park is a perfect stop for anyone traveling with little ones or those who are young at heart and in search of some nostalgic thrills. Located right on Santa Monica Pier, the amusement park offers 12 rides, including the Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel, the West Coaster (an oceanfront steel roller coaster), Shark Frenzy (a shark-themed version of the classic Tilt-A-Whirl ride), Inkie’s Scrambler, a 44-foot tower plunge ride, and a giant swinging wooden ship, among other thrill rides.
SANTA MONICA CA HISTORY AND CULTURE, PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLE
In Santa Monica, you find a lot of great landmarks and attractions. Take the Looff Hippodrome (carousel), for example. In fact, it’s a National Historic Landmark. What’s more, it sits right on the Santa Monica pier. The pier itself was built in 1909. In addition, La Monica Ballroom at the pier adds to Santa Monica CA history and culture. It was once the largest ballroom in the U.S. It even hosted national New Year’s Eve network broadcasts.
When it comes to that, Bergamot Station is the place to go. It includes the Santa Monica Museum of Art. When it comes to the city’s unique history, Santa Monica Heritage Museum has more than you might hope to find. But, what about the people and places behind the fanfare? What about the real catalysts of present-day, Santa Monica CA history and culture?
So let’s take a look at Ocean Park and Ocean Avenue. Let’s take a look at Palisades Beach Road and North of Montana. These areas are quite striking and unique from one another. Also, among their Santa Monica CA real estate features, you find cozy bungalows, luxury condos and single family homes. you find lavish beach side estates and hillside mansions. The people are equally interesting. They come from a diversity of backgrounds. They come from just about every walk of Santa Monica living, working and playing.