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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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Beautiful and serene.

My favorite place for brisk walks, yoga, picnic on the grass and sunsets. Especially the stretch between California and it's northern end is beautifully landscaped and well kept... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite place for brisk walks, yoga, picnic on the grass and sunsets. Especially the stretch between California and it's northern end is beautifully landscaped and well kept. Such a lovely place to be alone or with friends and family! A must visit!

Thank LAVict0ria
Gainesville, Georgia
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was there in April, weather was cool but still great for a morning run, park is beautiful overlooking the ocean and great for walking or running, I even saw 1 "star" walking.

Thank jammer672016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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369 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Palisades Park is located between Ocean Avenue and the Santa Monica Beach. It is a great place for jogging, walking, or sitting to enjoy sunset on the beach. The palm trees and flower bushes along the walking path make the park more of the big garden, not just a green space. The area next to the Pier Gate is... More 

1 Thank Prawet J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite places to watch a sunset... especially at the northern part called inspiration point! I went here with my Dad the other day we had a great time. We witnessed of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen in years! It's always a little less busy than the park by the promenade and you can actually get... More 

Thank Greg P
Munich, Germany
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The park itself is very beautiful and provides a nice ocean view. There are some rather dirty spots and many homeless people though.

Thank Rafaela K
Pasadena, California
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393 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great break from the commercial retail crowds of Third Street Promenade, this small park hosts an occasional small festival but it has quaint walkways and plenty of shade from palm trees for a cool refresher near the sand and surf.

Thank Ray Q
Morro Bay, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has an easy pedestrian access to beach and running path. The views are tremendous as they run along the bluff above PCH

Thank awadep
Victoria, Canada
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This is a magnificent stroll or run or just sitting on a bench! It's an amazing view because you are high up from the beach what seems like an unending cliff. It's really quite spectacular and worth seeing. The park in beautifully maintained and all the palm trees are so beautiful and tropical that you can easily forget where in... More 

1 Thank livingdolcevita
Kenwood, California
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35 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

If you're anywhere near Santa Monica, you will want to stroll in this well-maintained park overlooking the beach and sparkling Pacific. We never a miss a chance to join the walkers, runners, bench-sitters, newspaper readers, chess players, etc. who enjoy exercising or just hanging out along the palm-shaded paths at this L.A. icon . . . in any weather, although... More 

1 Thank SonomaValleyWoman
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I witnessed several people that appeared to be homeless/mentally challenged. They were not bothersome but were foraging through the garbage and sleeping on the grass. They have a right to be in the park. It is not comfortable to be in their presence when one is attempting to enjoy the scenery and beauty of the park. Also, it was packs... More 

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