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Palisades Park

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Santa Monica
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Address: Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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+1 310-828-4497

This lush, 25-acre park overlooking the Pacific is a wonderful place for...

This lush, 25-acre park overlooking the Pacific is a wonderful place for walkers, bikers and people watchers, and connects with the broad Santa Monica beach made famous in TV's "Baywatch" episodes.

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Nice for a walk or run

I felt pretty safe running in the part at about 8am on a Wednesday morning. It is nicely landscaped with pretty views of the ocean and pier.

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68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I felt pretty safe running in the part at about 8am on a Wednesday morning. It is nicely landscaped with pretty views of the ocean and pier.

Thank camellia10
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112 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is typical Southern California and has been the background for a number of films. Really nice park for a walk or to just hang out and people watch

Thank Kenneth L
Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The park goes from the pier entrance all the way up through north Santa Monica. The view is always spectacular with the palm trees and the beautiful ocean below. The best place in all of Santa Monica. The only downside is the large population of homeless people who are occasionally aggressive.

Thank etkt2016
London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Full of down and outs. It's just a walk a long the cliff edge overlooking the beach. Nothing that special

Thank AAGill
Detroit, Michigan
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111 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Nice park with beautiful views and lots of lush, green grass to lay on. Pet friendly. Parking available on the spot.

Thank Tatia C
Nerang, Australia
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50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

We took this path on a daily basis on our recent stay in Santa Monica. We always felt safe and loved the view out over the ocean. We had a picnic in the park one of our days and it was glorious in the sunshine. There is many homeless people.

Thank Lisa W
Newport News, Virginia
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352 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This is a nice park to walk around and they have numerous benches so you can sit and rest and watch the people walk by. They have the area landscaped with flowers and shrubs, I enjoyed sitting by the main road and watching the people and some expensive cards go by.

Santa Monica, California
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63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This park is unique and known for its gorgeous Pacific Ocean clifftop views that stretch for miles atop his long stretch of tree infused, grass and walking paths. There is plenty of shade underneath massive trees, and if you are lucky, you may find a spot on one the few sitting benches that overlook the expansive white sandy beaches below.

Thank WillinLa
Boston, Massachusetts
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107 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Walking along the park, stopping to sit on a bench or looking at the ocean are all great ways to spend an afternoon or morning here. Watching the sunset is a most beautiful experience here, especially since you can also see Malibu and the mountains.

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Santa Monica, California
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

A fantastic place to walk and the view is spectacular, you can see all the way to Catalina on a clear day, The beach is so beautiful and clean, just a super place to be

Thank medgoldie

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Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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