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Annenberg Community Beach House

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Address: 415 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
Phone Number:
+1 310-458-4904
08:30 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 20:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The Beach House is a unique community destination, open to all, no...

The Beach House is a unique community destination, open to all, no membership required! With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, seasonal pool, classes for children and adults, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy! The Beach House grounds are open daily, including the playground, splash pad, beach area, courtyard, view deck, and volleyball courts.

The site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms, three guest houses and an ornate marble swimming pool. Learn more about the Beach House history on a tour of the last remaining Guest House with a Santa Monica Conservancy docent.

Classes for adults include yoga, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Beach Volleyball, and Synchronized Swimming. Children can to learn to swim, play beach volleyball, and beach soccer!

Our historic pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, during the summer pool season, and requires an admission fee. Between October and May the pool is closed. We will occasionally open the pool on warm weather weekends or holidays.

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Beautiful public facility and great parking

Great public facility with pool )open Memorial Day to Labor Day, parking, and cutural events. Reserve tickets for the pool and check website for events.Take a walk on the beach or... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great public facility with pool )open Memorial Day to Labor Day, parking, and cutural events. Reserve tickets for the pool and check website for events.Take a walk on the beach or the bike path. Beautiful location on Santa Monica Beach. It's the old Marion Davies estate - check out tour availability..

Thank Travel4bourne
Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am biased. I got married here. One of the happiest days of my life. So needless to say I highly recommend it for it's romantic oceanside location. But here's what most tourists don't know. It's the former home of actress Marion Davies, mistress to none other than tycoon William Randolph Hearst, whose architect built her mansion in the 1920s... More 

Thank Paul R
Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

We had our anniversary party in the modern Sand and Sea room. A lovely view of the ocean from this space. Plan to watch the setting sun. The indoor outdoor space is clean. The staff is friendly. I did not like the chairs we were required to use. You are only allowed to serve beer and wine/no hard liquor. This... More 

Thank TravelAdventurer_10
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

beautiful venue which affords beachfront indoor-outdoor space. perfect place for a wedding party. cons: very poor sound system for music.

Thank leeniegeek
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

All the things you can do at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Originally property owned by William Randolph Hearst for his large beach house. Now owned by the Annenberg Foundation and open to the public.

Thank sunstonetours
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The pool here is just terrific. The changing rooms and showers are also top notch. Clean, well maintained, safe for your kids and family and on a public beach where homelessness is a growing problem, this really is a safe haven. Make sure you check the website. Don't just show up. There is very limited parking, and always special events,... More 

Thank unprocessed_cook
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Our friends have thrown more than one party at the Annenberg Beach Club. They pre-sell the parking which is important to get if you are going. You can rent spaces for your event and it isn't expensive at all. They have a NICE pool, splash pad for the kids and more. Our friends are members at nearly all of the... More 

Thank FlyersFanInLA
Santa Monica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

This is a public beach house and there's no charge for use of their facilities except for the pool and parking. Each will set you back approximately $10. But otherwise there are some tables and chairs which are shaded and right side the bicycle path and the beach. Nothing spectacular going on but you can have a very pleasant time... More 

Thank vincemc
Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Annenberg Beach House sits along the Pacific Coast Highway in the middle of a stretch of beach clubs in Santa Monica. The facility includes a swimming pool, event spaces, the historic Marion Davies guest house, a restaurant next door (with takeout bar) and direct access to the beach as well as convenient parking (paid daily or hourly). There are also... More 

Thank Christina L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

We visited this twice during our stay in Santa Monica and had very relaxing enjoyable stays making use of the pool and beach. For a relatively low price you purchase one days access to the pool and other amenities at the beach house. You are given a wristband so can leave the pool area to play on the beach/in the... More 

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