Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western LA county. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles - Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, West Los Angeles on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. The city is also home to the California Heritage Museum and the Angels Attic dollhouse and toy museum. Santa Monica has three main shopping districts, Montana Avenue on the north side, the Downtown District in the city's core, and Main Street on the south end. Each has its own unique feel and personality. The Main Street district offers an eclectic mix of luxury boutique stores, restaurants, and small offices that generally features more upscale shopping.
The Third Street Promenade is an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment complex in the downtown area of Santa Monica, California. Third Street Promenade has been a center of business in Santa Monica. It is considered a premier shopping and dining district on the Westside and draws crowds from all over the Greater LA area. It is also a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean coupled with Los Angeles's mild climate. Street performers and entertainers are a frequent sight on the street.
The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California. With an iconic entrance, the pier is popular with residents and visitors as a landmark that is over 100 years old. The pier contains Pacific Park, a family amusement park with its one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art, solar panelled Ferris wheel. It also has an original carousel hippodrome from the 1920s, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium operated by Heal the Bay, shops, entertainers, a video arcade, a trapeze school, pubs, and restaurants.
Pacific Park is an oceanfront amusement park located in Santa Monica, California. The park, located on the Santa Monica Pier, looks directly out on the Pacific Ocean, in the direction of Catalina Island. It is the only amusement park on the West Coast of the United States located on a pier and LA's only admission-free park. There are a total of twelve rides in Pacific Park, including the world's first and only solar powered Ferris wheel that provides a view of the Pacific Ocean and a roller coaster that circles the majority of the park.