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Tongva Park

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Santa Monica
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Address: 1615 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA

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A lovely local park away from the hubbub of Santa Monica Pier

After seeing how heavily congested the entrance to Santa Monica Pier was, I slowly strolled towards this park which was across the street and found it to be a hidden gem away from... read more

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New York
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

After seeing how heavily congested the entrance to Santa Monica Pier was, I slowly strolled towards this park which was across the street and found it to be a hidden gem away from the tourist crowds and attractions. It was peaceful, artistically designed and a pleasure to walk through. It also had a great playground, designed for all children, including... More 

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Flemington, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met my sister and her adorable 2-year-old granddaughter there. We all had a great time, especially the baby. One nice feature: Foam rubber pavement, so little ones won't get hurt falling off the monkey bars, which they invariably will.

Thank Dan S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just happened upon this walking back from the peir to where we parked. It felt very clean and upkept inside. Clean bathrooms. Nice fountains flowing. Sculptures around. The kids play area was a lot of fun and different than your normal run of the mill playground. Definitely a little quiet gem inside the busy area around it.

Thank Kelley J
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

One of my favorite parks in Los Angeles - landscaped with interesting, indigenous plants and trees, fantastic playground for kids and lots of benches for sitting and contemplating. Across from City Hall, walking distance to the beach.

Thank Susan A
Los Angeles
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82 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

When I visited Tongva Park, there were a lot of homeless people and smell of marijuana smoke here and there in the park. The nicest and safest part of the park was by the playground because there were a lot of people there but when I went to other sitting areas trying to have my lunch, there were homeless people... More 

Thank LAVict0ria
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Reminds me of a cultural garden. Very artistic, fun horticulture and architecture. Great views at sunset.

Thank Tnab
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Laid out in four main sections including a play area for children, this park is 'different' and was an interesting diversion from mainstream tourism in Santa Monica.

Thank Chris J
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643 reviews
254 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a very nice park between the pier and City Hall in Santa Monica. We walked around it and were a bit dismayed and sad to see that so many homeless people were sleeping there. There is a wonderful play area for children on the north side of the park. We saw a few monarch butterflies and a squirrel... More 

Thank GerMar60
Miami Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

This park located very close to the entrance of the Santa Monica pier offers an oasis in which to relax amid the sound of fountains and trees swaying in the breeze off the Pacific ocean. There are restrooms available and I guess it's these open and free restrooms that have unfortunately attracted many of the homeless people who seem to... More 

Thank ARodriguezP
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Lovely park filled with homeless people sleeping everywhere so gives a feeling of unease , nice water features and view points of the ocean

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