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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
+1 310-458-4904
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Great place for kids and history buffs

Grab a beach chair here, let your kids play in the pool or participate in the supervised... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
Santa Monica, California
Fantastic location for a 50 Year HS Reunion!

What a beautiful place that opens out onto the beach...WONDERFUL service and staff. Comfortable... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2017
San Ramon
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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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415 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
Santa Monica
+1 310-458-4904
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Grab a beach chair here, let your kids play in the pool or participate in the supervised activities, and read up on Marion Davies (who lived here), Randolph Hearst (who built the 22-room house for her), Julia Morgan (who designed the mansion and side buildings)....More

Thank dirkj0t
Reviewed 25 September 2017

What a beautiful place that opens out onto the beach...WONDERFUL service and staff. Comfortable parking and the IDEAL location for a wedding, party and event of any kind. It does depend largely on the type of event, as to what room you choose to utilize,...More

Thank MsBunny2011
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Avoid the crowds of Santa Monica Pier or the crazyness of Venice Boardwalk. Grab a beach umbrella and a couple of chairs, bring your cooler or oder from the beachfront cafe. You'll enjoy the peaceful, easy access of this great beach with all of the...More

Thank DAlanCooksey
Reviewed 13 September 2017

No matter how you enjoy the beach, they have it all. There's a pool, restaurant, wonderfully maintained walkways to the beach, nice changing facilities, equipment rentals, etc. The beach itself is a very deep, level and clean. It's one of the nicest beaches we've ever...More

Thank Trave2leverywhere
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Easy and reasonably priced outing on a Monday afternoon. Ample changing rooms, showers, and chaise lounges. There is a centrifuge that will wring out your wet bathing suit.

Thank Kelly K
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Annenberg Beach House is one of the great places in LA to go if you have kids, but it's also a great place to go, even if you don't have kids. From the Back On The Beach cafe, the fabulous pool, excellent snack bar, clean...More

1  Thank phantomframe
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

I was so glad to find out about this wonderful place! We came with our 2 girls and my Mother, sister and niece. Perfect day! We had breakfast and lunch at the lovely beach cafe, food was very good considering it was a beach cafe....More

1  Thank ohdonnaoh
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This family-friendly beach club has a historic pool and guest house (with tour guides) and everything you need for a great day at the beach. On the weekends you can rent boogie boards, etc.. There are volleyball courts, a kiddy playground, and even a restaurant...More

Thank robinleev
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This beach is very well kept. Thank you Annenberg for giving the public a free, decent, clean and beautiful community beach. Excellent for kids. There is a playground, umbrellas, water splash area, overall clean beach. Enough trash cans too. Parking is also well organized. The...More

Thank Bukopop
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Awesome beach in Santa Monica. Perfect parking /$3/h, $12max, and not too crowded during the week - and BY FAR not as busy as any beach near the Santa Monica pier. Good to park, great beach access, reasonable prices for food and beverage. Very clean...More

Thank GuidoKarp
Santa Monica
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
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27 August 2017|
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Response from sunstonetours | Reviewed this property |
I am a docent at the Beach House. We give tours at all times between 11 and 2. It lists tours only on the hour, but we try to accommodate everyone who comes in no matter what time when we are open. Even open Labor Day.
William S
23 January 2017|
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Response from sunstonetours | Reviewed this property |
There are weddings all the time. Quite popular. So many different options available that would dictate the price. You would have to call the main office of t he Annenberg Beach House. I was working there today and a couple... More
23 May 2015|
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Response from Robyn M | Reviewed this property |
I believe you can buy passes that are cheaper than paying the entrance on a daily basis...there are also adult/fitness swim times.....I'm assuming you're an adult:)