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Santa Monica Pier Carousel
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The 413,056-square-foot pier includes the historic carousel, designed by Charles Looff in 1916, one of the originalMore designers of the Santa Monica Pleasure Pier. Many movies have been filmed using the carousel, including Beverly Hills Cop and The Net. The historical Santa Monica landmark is housed inside so it may be enjoyed year round. The merry-go-round is one of the few surviving all-wooden carousels in the world—less than 70 continue to operate today. The fanciful and elegant old machine, with its painted ponies and chariots, lights, brass poles and mirrors, turns as smoothly now as ever thanks to constant care and maintenance.
Phillips Chapel CME Church
2001 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phillips Chapel CME Church has graced 4th and Colorado for more than a century. When it was built in 1909, it was theMore only church in Santa Monica used exclusively by African-Americans. It recently became a historic landmark because of its significance in Santa Monica's African-American community. Though it ha been used as a school and meeting lodge at times, it is now a house of worship and Bible study once again. Come by on a Sunday morning and you may find Reverand U.L. Butts leading the choir in a hymn.
American Motel
1243 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
With pretty palm trees outside, the American Motel on Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica is a deal for those looking to saveMore money or to stay in simple lodging. The front desk is located on the street, with the motel located in the back above the parking lot. The motel offers private bathrooms, beds and televisions as well as telephones. A soda machine is located on the premises. The motel is within walking distance to many Santa Monica landmarks, including the pier and Third Street Promenade.
The Galley
2442 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
The Galley is Santa Monica's oldest restaurant. Around since 1934, it is considered a historic landmark as well as aMore classic neighborhood haunt. Owned and operated by Ron Schur and his wife Camille, this spot is known for its steak platters and seafood pasta dishes, such as Shrimp Diablo and Linguini with Clams. It even serves platters for two, which seems to make it a popular date night spot.
Palisades Park
Ocean Ave & Idaho Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Stretching 1.5 miles, Palisades Park offers the most scenic views of Santa Monica's 26 parks and is one of the bestMore sunset destinations in Los Angeles County. The city's biggest park runs along Ocean - from Colorado Ave. to San Vicente - and features a Visitors Center kiosk, picnic areas, benches, a Camera Obscura, a rose garden, a pergola and a beacon overlook. Also located at Palisades Park is the Senior Center (at Ocean and Santa Monica), and the nearby shuffleboard courts. Palisades Park is a City of Santa Monica Landmark and runs along the final stretch of the current course for the Los Angeles Marathon.
Sculpture Foundation
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

The Sculpture Foundation, located in the famous Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica., is a privateMore foundation that provides sculptures from over 130 artists (valued at over $34 million) to communities throughout the United States and the world. The organization is passionate about providing exhibitions and contemporary landmark public artworks to municipal centers, small towns, state parks and art institutions.

California Heritage Museum
2612 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Built in 1894 for Roy Jones, son of Santa Monica's founder, Sen. John Jones, this landmark building opened as a museumMore in 1980. In addition to a permanent collection that features historic photographs and decorative arts, the Heritage Museum presents special exhibits focusing on California artists and artisans. The real star of this collection is the 1894 Victorian house the museum occupies. The interior has been beautifully restored to represent four decades of design.
Chez Jay Restaurant
1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Legendary Chez Jay, est. 1959, is a Santa Monica Historical Landmark located on Ocean Avenue across from the Pier. KnownMore for its steaks, fresh seafood, generous drinks and comfortable atmosphere, Chez Jay is one of the best celebrity hideaway taverns in all LA. With peanut shells on the floor and its famous jukebox playing, Chez Jay is a place to soak up stories, enjoy a great meal, and have a good time.
Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Barker Hangar is a event center in Santa Monica and it is a landmark in the area. It is located on the South side ofMore the Santa Monica Airport.

The center is a large venue where clients can hold all kinds of events.

The historic Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport is known as one of Southern California's premier venues for charity, corporate and private events as well as video and film shoots. The high ceilings are 43-feet at the center, providing an arched steel truss over a 150-foot by 234-foot cement floor making it an ideal venue for rehearsals as well.

The 35,000 square foot hangar is one of the biggest and venues in Los Angeles making it suited for events as diverse as concerts, retail sales, awards shows, trade shows and gala dinners.

Santa Monica Beach
Colorado Ave & Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Stretching 3.5 miles, Santa Monica Beach lies between Venice and Malibu and is one of the most popular attractionsMore in Los Angeles. In 2008, the American Planning Association bestowed its Great Places in America honor upon Santa Monica Beach. Marriage services are performed here, too.

Lifeguards are on duty year-round between sunrise and sunset, and the lifeguard headquarters is open around the clock.

A boardwalk runs along the waterfront, as well as the South Bay Bicycle Trail, which stretches for 22 miles. Fishing is open to the public, with no license required. Surfing is also allowed depending on the amount of beach traffic and weather conditions. Volleyball courts are open to the public for no charge, while boogie boards and additional beach equipment is available for rent.

Ballplaying is only allowed in permitted areas at Santa Monica Beach. Tents, sleeping and camping are banned, as are glass containers, percussion instruments and vendors. Audible electronic devices cannot be played between 10pm and 8am.

In an effort to ensure water quality, Santa Monica has teamed with Heal the Bay, which provides weekly water-quality reports at HealTheBay.org.

In addition to the Santa Monica Pier, the beach is also home to the restored Annenberg Community Beach House, which reopened in April 2009. Once owned by Marion Davies, the primary mansion was demolished decades ago, but many of the original guest houses, the swimming pool and the tennis court have been preserved. The pool is open to the public and available for use from 10am to 6pm; the rest of the establishment is open from 8:30am to 8:30pm. Community meetings are often held at the house, and tours are provided as well. The Annenberg Foundation is primarily responsible for the restoration of the landmark.

Carousel Cafe
1604 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Carousel Cafe is a mom-and-pop hamburger stand that makes a fantastic burger (the bacon burger is as good as it gets),More complements it with a generous portion of fries (steak salt is available at the window). Other selections include steak sandwiches, hotdogs, ice cream, frozen bananas, shake and malts, there are also many Mexican selections available. This beachfront food stand has been a Santa Monica landmark for many years and provides tasty food and the counter servers are sweet and attentive.  There is a large paid parking near the stand and the beach.
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