10 Things to do in Santa Monica

Shore Hotel invites you to enjoy the top ten activities in Santa Monica during your stay.

  • Ride the First Solar-Powered Ferris Wheel at Pacific Park.

    Glide up 130 feet over the ocean and experience this innovative, one-of-a-kind amusement ride powered by the sun.

  • Take a Ride Along the 26-Mile Bike Path.

    Enjoy Santa Monica’s 340 days of sunshine by renting a bike and cycling along this scenic path that runs beside famous beaches and passes the Santa Monica Pier. 

  • Watch the Sunset from The Lobster Restaurant.

    Relish a meal at this famed restaurant - an unofficial historical landmark since 1923 - as you watch the sun set over the Santa Monica Pier.

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  • Shop Along the Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Place.

    Discover unrivaled open-air shopping as you wander along these world famous shopping destinations, featuring name-brand stores, boutiques and local favorites.

  • Visit the Original Muscle Beach

    No visit to Santa Monica is complete without a trip to this unique Southern California attraction, a landmark in the world of physical fitness and bodybuilding.

  • Take a Picture in Front of the Route 66 Sign.

    Despite debate over the true endpoint of this historic roadway, the Santa Monica Pier has been designated as the Official Western Terminus of Route 66 since 2009.

  • Discover the Seasonally Fresh Produce at one of the 4x weekly Farmers Markets.  

    An estimated 900,000 shoppers visit the markets every year. Collectively, they provide customers year-round with a selection of fresh, seasonal produce that is pre-eminent among farmers' market programs in the state.

  • Visit the Annenburg Community Beach House.

    This free public venue offers a diverse array of recreational activities, cultural programs, classes, art exhibits and more.

  • Take a Picture of The World-Famous Santa Monica Pier Sign.

    Catch a glimpse of history on camera under the iconic Santa Monica Pier sign at the corner of Ocean and Colorado Avenues.

  • Explore the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

    Learn about healing the Santa Monica bay at this family-friendly aquarium, home to over 100 species of marine animals and plants native to the bay.