Santa Monica Pier - The Pier features an amusement park, dining facilities, gift shops, an arcade, and designated areas for fishing. You do not need a license to fish from the Pier.
On the Santa Monica Pier
Chess Park - Not unlike New York City's Washington Square Park, Santa Monica's Chess Park is home to some high-anxiety chess games. The public chess tables here attract superb players and visitors are always welcome to watch - or join in if you can handle the pressure! Kids will like the human-scale chessboard painted on the sidewalk! Chess Park is located near the Santa Monica Pier.
Santa Monica Shopping and nearby, including Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place, Venice Beach Boardwalk, Montana Avenue, Malibu Country Mart.
Third Street Promenade - only pedestrians are allowed on Third Street in Santa Monica, between Broadway and Wilshire Blvd. There you'll find restaurants, unique retail shops, movie theatres and nightclubs. Dining, shopping, entertainment and street performers combine to make the Third Street Promenade a favorite destination for visitors and residents alike.
Venice Beach Boardwalk - Shopping, Arts, Artists, Performers and other fun things to do, within walking distance of Santa Monica Pier.
Lake Shrine Temple at the Self-Realization Fellowship - This park-like temple is actually in Pacific Palisades on Sunset Boulevard. The ten-acre site, with its gardens and natural spring-fed lake, is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including swans, ducks, koi, and trees and flowers from around the world. A 45-minute tour is available on Saturdays and Sundays at 3PM. Hours: TUE-SAT: 9AM to 430PM; and SUN: 12PM to 430PM. [Pacific Palisades].
Santa Monica article - LAtourist's article about Santa Monica. Contains an introduction to Santa Monica, highlights and information on various topics related to Santa Monica.