Santa Monica Activities
Arclight Cinema Santa Monica
395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 330, Santa Monica
It always blows visitors minds that at most of the city’s movie theaters, you can pre-book specific seats, meaning that you can eat dinner and wander around until minutes before the show starts, and not have to jockey and jostle for position. We love the Arclight in particular because there’s an on-site bar and during 21+ screenings you can sip your wine while you watch. Locations in Culver City, Hollywood, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Sherman Oaks.
1619 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica
Just off the Santa Monica pier, Sea Mist offers rentals on cruisers and mountain bikes by the hour or for under $20 a day, providing a healthy way to see the coast and catch some rays at your own pace. They also rent out tandems and roller blades. Bring ID for your deposit and cash at the end of the day as they don't accept card payments.
Los Liones Canyon
This beautiful hike is between Santa Monica and Malibu, offering panoramic views of both ocean and city. The first part of the hike is the Los Liones Trail, which is lush, green and not too difficult. If you do the whole hike, which is about 7.3 miles, you'll end up in Topanga State Park. No dogs allowed. Photos: Hikespeak
Set on a cliff overlooking the water, this park spans from just north of San Vicente Boulevard to Colorado Avenue. It's a wonderful place for a light hike or a long walk or bike ride. When you get tired, the lush green grass is there for you to take a rest, underneath the swaying palm trees.
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