The Santa Monica Pier is a staple of this picturesque seaside community. Jutting into the inviting waters of the Pacific Ocean, it’s packed with family-friendly activities, restaurants and shops all offering unapparelled views.
The pier hosts a huge array of activities such as fishing, admiring the marine life at the Aquarium or taking a ride on the wooden horses and sleighs of a historic carousel.
You can visit Pacific Park, home to the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel as well as an exhilarating roller coaster that towers 17 metres above the Pacific Ocean.
Or why not learn to fly on a number of aerial arts apparatuses at Trapeze School New York, Los Angeles.
Situated on the pier, the school offers a host of classes including flying trapeze and trampoline and silks classes. Ignite your inner acrobat whilst taking in the breathtaking views of Santa Monica from the sky.
Ocean views, temperate weather and a bike-loving population help make Santa Monica an ideal destination for a two-wheeled adventure.
Known to locals as “The Strand”, this iconic multi-use recreational path stretches from Pacific Palisades to Torrance, packing in 35 kilometres of inspiring and breathtaking coastal scenery and passing the Santa Monica Pier and the famed Original Muscle Beach.
Made popular in the 1950s and featured in many films since then, the Original Muscle Beach is a network of outdoor workout equipment where Jack LaLanne and other famous bodybuilders once trained.
Fully restored and refurbished, the Original Muscle Beach offers fitness enthusiasts an extensive gymnastics and training area. Other features include chinning bars at various heights, parallel bars, rings, a small jungle gym for children and a padded gymnastics area.
Another incredible activity synonymous with Santa Monica is beachside side yoga. Take a deep breath on the water’s edge, cooling down with a lovely gentle sea breeze enjoying the sunshine mild temperatures.
Yoga is the perfect way to really connect with your surroundings and feel at one with nature.
Find out more: Visit Santa Monica