Aerial view of Santa Monica Pier near Gateway Santa Monica

Santa Monica Attractions

Explore Things to Do in Santa Monica

From its beautiful coastal setting to fabulous restaurants and shopping, exhilarating recreational activities and world-class cultural attractions, no city in California offers as much to see, do and experience as Santa Monica.  

Enjoy the best attractions, activities and events in Santa Monica. Then relax at the Gateway Hotel Santa Monica. Less than two miles from the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica State Beach, the Pacific Park Pier and downtown Santa Monica, we’re the perfect Gateway to your Southern California adventure.


Santa Monica State Beach

Just west of Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica State Beach is almost four miles in length, offering luxuriously soft sand and the perfect location.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

More than 2,600 stars are embedded in 15 blocks along both Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood.

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J. Paul Getty Museum

Love the visual arts? Then the J. Paul Getty Museum should certainly be on your list of attractions to explore.

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Getty Villa Museum

If ancient Greece and Rome fascinate you, the Getty Villa is the perfect museum to visit. It focuses on numerous aspects of life during this time period.

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Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is both a film studio and a theme park that’s exciting to visit.

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Known for its great surfing, luxurious homes on the bluff overlooking the beach and great shopping, Malibu is a supremely popular California town.

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Venice Beach

Vibrant and artistic, Venice Beach is known as a place that invites creative thought and fun outdoor activities.

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Santa Monica Pier/pacific Park

Open all day and all night, the Santa Monica Pier is a terrific place to enjoy fun activities and a wide variety of shops as well as a great selection of restaurants and eateries.

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Third Street Promenade

Like to shop? Then the Third Street Promenade should not be missed. The three, car-free blocks consist of an extensive collection of fantastic shops to explore at your leisure.

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Rodeo Drive

Right in the center of Beverly Hills, three blocks of Rodeo Drive are considered the height of luxury.

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Front view with the hotel sign of Gateway Hotel Santa Monica