This "Heal the Bay" marine education facility features hundreds of species of creatures found in the bay for your education and entertainment. Located under the Santa Monica Pier Carousel, the aquarium's gift shop offers educational souvenirs for folks on your gift list.
This is the beach that gained popularity in the 1940s and 50s with body builders, acrobats, and other performers. Still, there are the rings, bars, and other gym equipment that made this particular beach such a sight-seeing destination. Relax on the sand, swim in the Pacific, or experience a nostalgic workout.
Check out this family-friendly attraction on the beach, with coasters, fair food, and a solar-powered Ferris Wheel. Take a ride on the Seadragon or the Froghopper. Kids of all ages will find something to do in this ocean-front spot. A wide range of Santa Monica State Beach hotels can be found in the vicinity.