Palisades Park sign, Santa Monica, with the ocean in the background
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Palisades Park

Updated by Sasha Yanshin on March 14 2024

Serene Urban Oasis with Breathtaking Coastal Views.

Address: Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States

People looking at the ocean view from Palisades Park, Santa Monica, on a sunny day
Admire the stunning ocean views from Palisades Park.
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💲 Free entry

👩‍🦽 Wheelchair accessible

🍽️ No dining options on-site

🚽 Public Restrooms

Where can I find Palisades Park?

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean atop Santa Monica's cliffs, Palisades Park is a pretty area to enjoy walking paths, picnic areas, and stunning sunset views along Ocean Avenue.

Why should I visit Palisades Park?

Surround yourself with natural beauty and ocean views with a visit to Palisades Park.

You can also expect historical landmarks and art installations, making it a perfect spot for exploring.

What are the opening hours at Palisades Park?

General opening hours

Monday - 5am - midnight

Tuesday - 5am - midnight

Wednesday - 5am - midnight

Thursday - 5am - midnight

Friday - 5am - midnight

Saturday - 5am - midnight

Sunday - 5am - midnight

Closures and holidays

Palisades Park is open year-round, however check the latest guidance on the official website before you go.

Santa Monica, USA taken at sunset with the beach in the foreground and the amusement park in the distance.
Take a stroll along Santa Monica Beach.
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Where should I park when visiting Palisades Park?

Limited street parking is available along Ocean Avenue, whilst additional parking found in nearby city lots.

Is Palisades Park accessible by public transportation?

Palisades Park is easily reachable from various Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines.

It is also within walking distance from the Downtown Santa Monica Metro station.

When is the best time to visit Palisades Park?

Early morning or late afternoon are great times to visit, when it is less crowded.

Time your visit well, and you can expect incredible sunrise or sunset views over the Pacific Ocean.

What are the best things to see near Palisades Park?

There are plenty of great places close to Palisades Park to also explore. Here are some favorites.

  • Santa Monica Pier - Iconic amusement park and aquarium just a short walk away.
  • Third Street Promenade - Premier shopping and entertainment destination.
  • Santa Monica Beach - Vast, sandy beaches ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and surfing.
  • Santa Monica Stairs - Popular spot for fitness enthusiasts looking for a challenging workout.
People walking along Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Los Angeles
Third Street Promenade is great for shopping and a bite to eat.

Common questions about Palisades Park

Home to the historic Santa Monica Camera Obscura, offering jaw-dropping views of the surrounding area, a visit here is sure to be memorable. Here is what else you will find.

Is Palisades Park accessible to those with lower mobility?

✔️ Yes, Palisade Park has paved paths and accessible features make it welcoming for everyone.

Is Palisades Park free to enter?

✔️ Yes, Palisade Park is open to the public free of charge.

Is Palisades Park pet-friendly?

✔️ Yes, pets are welcome at Palisade Park but must be kept on a leash.

Is Palisades Park child-friendly?

✔️ Yes, Palisade Park is family-friendly, with open spaces and safe paths for children.

Is Palisades Park a year-round attraction?

✔️ Yes, Palisade Park can be visited any time of the year.

Are refreshments available at Palisades Park?

❌ No, there are no food vendors within Palisade Park.

❗ However, there are many options are nearby in Santa Monica.

Are there restrooms at Palisades Park?

✔️ Yes, public restrooms are available for visitors at Palisade Park.

What else is useful to know before I visit Palisades Park

Make sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring sunscreen for daytime visits.

Don't forget your camera, as you'll want a lasting memory of the scenic views and unique sculptures throughout the park.

View of empty green benches and fence at coastal Palisades Park in Santa Monica, California.
SIt back, relax, and soak in the ocean views.
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Where to stay near Palisades Park

There are plenty of great hotel options in Los Angeles to head back to after exploring Palisades Park. Here are our favorites

  • Hotel Per La, Autograph Collection - Centrally located, this plush hotel is an exceptional stay, while their dedicated team delivers first-class service.

  • citizenM Los Angeles Downtown - This trendy hotel serves as a convenient gateway to the Broadway Theater District and Little Tokyo, and many other great LA top attractions.

  • Ambrose Hotel - At Ambrose Hotel and you can expect stylish accommodation, fit for all the family, in the heart of Santa Monica.