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“Public yet private”

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 16 August 2014

Spending a day at a Santa Monica beach doesn't have to be daunting! This is the place to park your car and your party. Although we didn't use many of the amenities offered here, it was so nice to have a "paved" path to the shoreline with reasonable beach chair rentals at the ready. As a very family friendly area, there was joy all around as everyone enjoyed the waves.

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

This glass beach house, open to the public, is a beautiful venue for cultural events. I recently attended a Red Hen Press sponsored free poetry reading featuring Garett Hongo on a Thursday night. You need to call to reserve parking for events as parking is limited. There is a casual beach cafe on site where you can get wine and a light dinner. Sunset over the beach and mountains is spectacular.

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

I came here because my church that I attend to "Oasis LA" had a community event for their baptisms. They worked alongside Annenberg Community Beach House and it was not only such a wonderful time, but it was very well taken care of. The beach was very clean, people were friendly, and most of all, staff was quick, direct, and very helpful with the questions we had for them. All in all, if I ever had a family of my own, I would definitely come here.

As far as money goes, the only thing I remember paying for, was the parking. Other than that, it was great.

Thank Brian V
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

$10/adult - $5/senior (60+) - $4/youth (1-17) - "Dollar Splash Mondays": only $1

During pool season, pool admission may be reserved online for up to 6 people, one to three days in advance. Pool admission may also be purchased on a walk-up basis.

Passes are only sold for guests present at the window at the time of purchase, and pool reservations only redeemed for those present, as well. Check website for schedule and changing details.

Originally developed in the 1930s by the duplicitous scoundrel, William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. Wallis Annenberg, and the Annenberg Foundation funded the beachfront property at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, to provide public access to this beautiful facility offering swimming, volleyball, beach tennis courts and children's play areas.

The site was once an elegant 110-room mansion designed by architect Julia Morgan. Hosting a wide range of stars, including Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Cary Grant and, of course, Gloria Swanson.

There is more than one way to enjoy a solid, fun, "Beach Day" and this is most def, one of them.

Hit Deans for a burger, skate, bike or walk to the pool, enjoy both the Beach, Sea AND Pool. Play area for the kids, plenty of opportunities to take fun photos, play volleyball, relax, play and/or swim.

Recently renovated after the closure from the Northridge Earth Quake and really clean. It somehow has both a modern vibe and a throwback feel to it. One can just imagine the days when going to a public pool was most eventful.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We were in Santa Monica for 4 days of downtime and sightseeing as part of our Californian road trip. Our hotel didn't really have a decent pool so I had googled beach clubs in the area. Annenberg beach house came up trumps!. Not only has it the most beautiful heated pool with exquisite mosaics and the fanciest pool steps, it is situated just on the beach, beside a beach restaurant, beautiful historic guest house (owned by silent movie star Marion Davies) museum and has play facilities on the beach and indoors for kids (table tennis, table golf, Jenna, twister etc.,) it also has an eating area if you want to bring your own food, changing areas, locker facilities, water fountains and all for $10 per adult and $4 per child. pool area is well kept with umbrellas and there are 3 cabanas on the beach if you wish to use them also. They only allow a certain amount in each day and you need to be there by 10.30 to have a reasonable chance of getting in that day. Bookings advised at weekends. They have a $1 splash Mondays were it's just $1 in also. Go it's fab

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