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The Third Street Promenade is a pedestrian mall esplanade, shopping, dining and entertainment complex in the downtown area of Santa Monica, California which originally opened as the Santa Monica Mall on November 8, 1965. It is considered a premier shopping and dining district on the Westside and draws crowds from all over the Greater Los Angeles area. Due to easy access to Downtown Los Angeles via the Big Blue Bus rapid transit service, E Line's terminus station and the Pacific Coast Highway-Santa Monica Freeway Interstate, the neighborhood's north-south thoroughfares connecting to Muscle Beach, Venice Canal Historic District, Marina del Rey, Ballona Wetlands and Los Angeles International Airport, and its proximity to historic U.S. Route 66, Santa Monica Pier, Palisades Park, Tongva Park, Santa Monica State Beach and the Pacific Ocean coupled with Los Angeles's mild mediterranean climate, it is also a popular tourist destination.For travelers who use our international travel planner, Santa Monica holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Third Street Promenade and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Third Street Promenade reviews
Been about ten years since we’ve walked the Promenade. Found a meter a block over for $2,50/hour, paid for 90 minutes which was more than enough. So many empty storefronts, very little “action” on a.... more
Been about ten years since we’ve walked the Promenade. Found a meter a block over for $2,50/hour, paid for 90 minutes which was more than enough. So many empty storefronts, very little “action” on a.... more »
Santa Monica is a great introduction to Los Angeles with its proximity to downtown and the famous beaches such as Venice or “Muscle Beach”, Malibu and others. There is something for everyone. They...
Santa Monica is a great introduction to Los Angeles with its proximity to downtown and the famous beaches such as Venice or “Muscle Beach”, Malibu and others. There is something for everyone. They... more »
I love the beach area. I grew up in in a beach community. We went to the 3rd St Promenade on a Tuesday morning. No crowd. It had nice statues' or cut outs to take pictures. It had lots of stores..... more
I love the beach area. I grew up in in a beach community. We went to the 3rd St Promenade on a Tuesday morning. No crowd. It had nice statues' or cut outs to take pictures. It had lots of stores..... more »
Really enjoy this place. Visited about 2 years ago and it’s much better with things slowly opening back up. Very inviting and get to see so many shops and restaurants.
The atmosphere was nice for a walk. The people all seemed to be having a good time and there was plenty to just look at. And the birds seemed to be enjoying themselves as well lol It was great to grab a funnel cake and sit on a bench and enjoy the view
Enjoyed the location, scenery, and food. Parking can be a pain and the food was a bit pricey for what you got but if you don’t mind it’s not bad by any means. Overall it can be a moderately cheap time or very expensive depending on how you decide to go about it.
Downtown has a nice vibe. The streets are clean and there are very few homeless people. The city has done a good job to make carparks available at an affordable price so it is easy to come and visit. There is an okay selection of restaurants, most are more toward high end price points. Some more work could be done to encourage more casual eateries in the area and some more work is needed to make Third street more lively. Another area for improvement is to make third street more inviting by having more spaces for people to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Currently there are a few scattered chairs, or the concrete benches where the water fountains are. This does not make for the most pedestrian friendly atmosphere.
The Pier was so exciting. People everywhere, smiling, lights -- crowds it was really a fun place. I sat there and had a drink and watch the people, in the bar they did karaoke. My family went on a walk to the pier and loved every minute of it
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