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Annenberg Community Beach House

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Address: 415 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
Phone Number: +1 310-458-4904
08:30 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 20:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The Beach House is a unique community destination, open to all, no...

The Beach House is a unique community destination, open to all, no membership required! With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, seasonal pool, classes for children and adults, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy! The Beach House grounds are open daily, including the playground, splash pad, beach area, courtyard, view deck, and volleyball courts.

The site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms, three guest houses and an ornate marble swimming pool. Learn more about the Beach House history on a tour of the last remaining Guest House with a Santa Monica Conservancy docent.

Classes for adults include yoga, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Beach Volleyball, and Synchronized Swimming. Children can to learn to swim, play beach volleyball, and beach soccer!

Our historic pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, during the summer pool season, and requires an admission fee. Between October and May the pool is closed. We will occasionally open the pool on warm weather weekends or holidays.

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Pleasant place for a picnic

This is a public beach house and there's no charge for use of their facilities except for the pool and parking. Each will set you back approximately $10. But otherwise there are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Santa Monica, California

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a public beach house and there's no charge for use of their facilities except for the pool and parking. Each will set you back approximately $10. But otherwise there are some tables and chairs which are shaded and right side the bicycle path and the beach. Nothing spectacular going on but you can have a very pleasant time... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Annenberg Beach House sits along the Pacific Coast Highway in the middle of a stretch of beach clubs in Santa Monica. The facility includes a swimming pool, event spaces, the historic Marion Davies guest house, a restaurant next door (with takeout bar) and direct access to the beach as well as convenient parking (paid daily or hourly). There are also... More 

Thank Christina L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

We visited this twice during our stay in Santa Monica and had very relaxing enjoyable stays making use of the pool and beach. For a relatively low price you purchase one days access to the pool and other amenities at the beach house. You are given a wristband so can leave the pool area to play on the beach/in the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

The Annenberg Community Beach House is right beside the beach and provides an alternative to ocean swimming if, for instance, the ocean is too cold, or too rough! It has a huge pool, deck chairs, and provides tables to accomodate a picnic lunch as well...you can play on the beach and then take a time out to pool swim and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

The history along with the legacy are iconic to that era in California/Los Angeles heritage & so very interesting. Regardless, whether or not you're interested in American History; this is still a must do visit! So very glad we made time to visit this lovely historical site, beach & pool! Will do a repeat visit next time on the West... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Thank you, Walter Annenberg, for building this wonderful beach house for all people, from all walks of life, from anywhere in the world. Easily traversed by handicapped people who want to be near the water but who cannot walk the sand. There is a beautiful walkway almost right down to the water. The Beach House is beautiful, the pool is... More 

2 Thank socalnanynan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

My favorite spot to hangout with friends and my kids at the beach. Tips: Pre-pay for parking and arrive no later than 9AM.

2 Thank Danilo Moura S
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Lots to do, on the sand restaurant, playground for kids, walk up cafe for lattes and snacks, pool, water park, Marion Davies beach house tour, complex may be reserved for parties overlooking the ocean. Is great! There is parking approx $10. beach access, check for closing time. Lots of activities including book readings, yoga, water aerobics, tours, lectures and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

I absolutely recommend you spend time here if possible. The buildings are beautiful and the beachside location is spectacular.

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Cypress, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Our son and his wife held their wedding on the terrace with the beach and ocean as the backdrop. The dining room inside was the perfect size for their reception. The staff was excellent and very friendly.

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