Free Things to do in Santa Monica
Family & Outdoor
Enjoy the scenery at picturesque Santa Monica Beaches, which stretch for 3.5 miles between Venice and Malibu.
Take a stroll on Santa Monica Pier, hailed as the oldest pier on the West Coast of the United States.
Catch a glimpse of the new 9-story Ferris wheel at Pacific Park. It is the only solar powered Ferris wheel in the world.
Pay a visit to the 3rd Street Promenade by evening. Street performers and entertainers light up this pedestrian-only boulevard with the sound of drums, acoustic guitars, and tambourines.
Let the kid’s cool off at the splash pad in Virginia Park (May-September). This park is also known as a great place for pick-up basketball games.
Flex your muscles at the original Muscle Beach, which beckons visitors to test their strength and work on their beach body in an open-air gym.
Health & Wellness
Enjoy a game of volleyball at Santa Monica’s many beach volleyball courts, where several US Olympic beach volleyball competitors have trained.
Explore the nearby Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, which offers visitors a stunning coastal mountain range with opportunities for hiking, exploring, and biking.
The South Bay Bicycle Trail runs for 22 miles from Will Rogers State Beach to Torrance Co. Beach and provides a unique way to see a long stretch of Pacific coastline.
Enjoy the winding stair walk and great views from Ocean View Park, off Barnard Way.
Art & Music
Get a glimpse of the wall mural depicting ocean scenes outside of the newly remodeled Santa Monica Aquarium on Ocean Front Walk.
Immerse yourself in the arts at Southern California’s largest art gallery complex, Bergamot Station. Visit over 35 contemporary art galleries, studios, and architecture design firms.
Schedule a special visit to The Eames House, a landmark of mid-20th century modern architecture.
Check out the schedule of free feature films that are screened at the Main Library, Martin Luther King Auditorium.
Music to your ears. The award winning Santa Monica Symphony presents four free concerts a year at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
Special Events - LA Marathon
(March) - the "Stadium to the Sea" course will kick off at Dodger Stadium and finish on Ocean Avenue at the intersection of Ocean Ave and California Avenue, just steps from the Santa Monica Pier.
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All year round, there are wonderful festivals, concerts and outdoor activities that you don't want to miss!