This lush, 25-acre SoCal park in Santa Monica overlooks the Pacific Ocean, making it the perfect place for walkers, bikers and people watchers – the park connects with the broad Santa Monica beach made famous in the popular TV’s series, “Baywatch.” Palisades Park is oceanfront, with over 26 acres situated along Ocean Avenue on top of the coastal bluffs, offering breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the Southern California coastline. The park extends for almost 2 miles from the Santa Monica Pier at the south end, to Adelaide Drive at the north end. Thanks to the mild southern California weather, the park is lined with over thirty varieties of plants and trees, including eucalyptus, pine, palm, fig trees and many more.
The Palisades Park includes benches, picnic areas, pétanque courts, and restrooms. A bust of Arcadia Bandini is located in the park’s rose garden. A nearby wood sculpture entitled Gestation III is notable because of its alignment with the setting sun on the winter solstice. A distinctive Native American Totem Pole donated to the City in 1926 is located at the park’s northern end. Cannons are on display at the park’s southern end. Near the California Incline, a sculpture named Overlook Beacon evokes a sailing ship with mast and wooden deck.
Location: Palisades Park, Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Santa Monica prohibits smoking in any City park; additionally, barriers have been installed to discourage park visitors from approaching to close to the cliffs, which tend to have erosion and landslide issues.