A Santa Monica family vacation provides the perfect spot for a memorable getaway if you're looking to explore popular attractions while enjoying sunny beaches along the coast. You can keep your kids entertained at any of the numerous Santa Monica attractions for kids such as the State Beach or the Pier and enjoy various activities including snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, biking or even shopping.
There are many things to do in Santa Monica with kids. With the major attractions near some of the best kid-friendly hotels, there are always great options of activities to choose from. The Third Street Promenade in downtown Santa Monica is one of the best locations for shopping and dining in the area. It attracts large crowds due to all the street shows, movies, stores and restaurants available and tends to be extra packed during the weekends, so this might be one Santa Monica activity you plan for a weekday.
The Museum of Flying, one of the best Santa Monica tourist attractions, is sure to engage your kids' interests since it features almost two dozen aircraft and an area for kids including a flight simulator, a cockpit trainer and the nose of a jetliner. The Doubletree Guest Suites and the Fairmont Miramar are some of the top hotels with kid-friendly amenities near this museum.
Another interesting Santa Monica activity you may want to check out with your family is the Main Street Farmers Market on Sundays that features food booths, shopping, live music, arts and crafts as well as other activities for children. You can also enjoy art displays at the Bergamot Station Arts Center, a re-purposed former rail station that now houses several different art galleries.
The Shore Hotel is located right across the street from the Santa Monica Pier and near many local Santa Monica tourist attractions including the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Rodeo Drive, the Santa Monica Place Mall, Palisades Park, Universal Studios and Disneyland. These Santa Monica activities are all kid-friendly, and they all make for great day trips, pick the best ones depending on your family's preferences. For the nature lover and conservationist in the family, be sure to visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. This is a great thing to do in Santa Monica with your kids since it features educational programs on the environment, animal life and pollution.
For other ideal locations for your Santa Monica vacations, consider kid-friendly hotels such as the Viceroy Hotel. This hotel is close to popular family attractions near Santa Monica such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills, championship golf courses, beaches, museums and art galleries.
Use Minitime's Trip Planner for more ideas to help you make your family trip plans to Santa Monica special for you and your family. The reviews and recommendations of other members will give you and idea of the best attractions to add to the itinerary of your Santa Monica vacation. You will be the family hero when you plan a getaway to this fabulous California town.