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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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Fun in the Sun & Parking too....

An absolutely splendid beach day locale on Santa Monica beach, but in a private setting. Feels very exclusive but with great ambiance too. Parking on site, food available and a... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2015
David B L
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 620 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2015

An absolutely splendid beach day locale on Santa Monica beach, but in a private setting. Feels very exclusive but with great ambiance too. Parking on site, food available and a huge pool.... All for $10.00... Such a deal. Enjoy.

1 Thank David B L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

A beautiful facility to while away the afternoon or the entire day. It is a wonderful spot, in Santa Monica, far enough away from all the craziness of 3rd Street, that one can enjoy the space, beach, and the surrounding area. There's a lovely pool, restaurant nearby, including a splash area for little ones and a play ground. My only... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2015

This is a great find ... bang on the beach, $10 adults, and $4 kids ... you can go in/out all day long, bring your own food/dirinks, but they have a great café/bar on the complex anyway. 100's of sunbeds, and plenty to chose from .. for those who are not excited by sand in your sandwiches, this is a... More 

1 Thank Stuart D
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

Right on the beach, the views are diving. A lovely place to spend a summer's day. Recently renovated the facilities are modern and pleasant.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

Santa Monica Beach itself is already stunning. Spending the last couple of hours before we flew home from LAX at the Annenberg Beach House was very comfortable. Very nice swimming pool, very relaxing environment and you're on Santa Monica Beach with the sea at your hands.

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Reviewed 12 August 2015

Wonderful public space! I have been here several times to go to the pool which is incredibly beautiful and well maintained.

2 Thank allison r
Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed 23 July 2015

You've got everything here - sand play ground for the kids, beach access to Santa Monica (a bit out to the sand but worth the walk), and a bonus splash foundation area that kids can't get enough of!

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Reviewed 13 July 2015

Have you ever wanted to live at the beach but ... or belong to a private beach club but ... This is a place you can make seem like home or your private club and let the kids enjoy a swim and enjoy the beach and at the end of the day you don't have to pay for it or... More 

Dodge City, Kansas
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Reviewed 10 July 2015

We were visiting LA and I found the Annenberg Beach House on tripadvisor. It was a great place to park the rental car for the day, have a nice spot to eat lunch, place for the kids to play, and restrooms. Because the parking lot was so close to the beach I was able to make several trips and leave... More 

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Santa Monica, CA
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Reviewed 8 July 2015

They offer a lot of things here but you need to read the website. There are art showings, plays, volleyball and the pool and of course the splash pad for the young kids. There is also a cafe next door and you can tour the Marion Davies guesthouse from the times of Chaplin and Hearst.

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