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“Wonderful place to start a beach day”

Annenberg Community Beach House
Ranked #17 of 106 things to do in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed 30 June 2014

This is a really nice place with children. There is a playground and a water attraction (just a large fountain kids can run through). They also have clean bathrooms. You have to walk about 400 yards to get to the actual beach but if your kids want to play in the sand and you want a beautiful view, this is great. There is a parking lot that costs about 10 a day next to this venue. You can make a reservation to have a spot by the pool in advance as well.

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

Don't be fooled. You can easily drop $40 here.
The Parking is $12, all other parking in the area is $10 so not a big difference. I think the easy access to a sidewalk almost all the way out to the water, clean bathrooms and showers is worth $2.
The beach isn't too crowded and generally clean, although beaches in CA are sadly littered with trash.
There are 3 canopies that are free on a first come basis, none were actually taken. The problem though is that you can't take them down to the water, they stay next to the beach house.

1  Thank RoxannePT
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

The Santa Monica Annenberg Community Beach House is the only public beach house on the coast. This is a quieter stretch of the beach, perfect for beach parties, meeting friends and spending time with your family. There are volleyball courts, a children's play area and a lovely pool (the pool has a nominal charge). For fans of silent movie star Marion Davies, be sure to check out her guest house on site. There are free tours on weekends led by Santa Monica Landmarks Committee docents. And there's a great LOCAL restaurant on site--Back on the Beach--perfect for weekend brunch and lunch dates!

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Reviewed 12 February 2014

It's a free public access beach-house and they have all kinds of activities for those that love H2o. If U swim, kayak, paddle-board, stand-up paddle board or just want to sit by the pool, this is the place!

1  Thank Almaz A
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

How often does an organization take a beach mansion and turn it into a community center? But that's what happened here. The historic beach home of Randolph Hearst's mistress Marion Davis was converted into a community center. The best part is the pool.
For a minimal fee, you can use the wonderful restored swimming pool all day. They have great dressing rooms, and lounge chairs, and even a few shaded cabana type spaces. (you have to arrive pretty early to get those)
Right next door is the wonderful restaurant Back on the Beach with a handy take out menu. Or, you can eat there and keep your toes in the sand. And, just a few hundred yards away is the ocean. Go run across the sand, dip into the sea and back to the pool. What more could you ask?

1  Thank Judy S
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