Santa Monica might be the first place every tourist who hops off a plane at LAX goes, but that is only because of how gorgeous the Santa Monica coast really is! Palisades Park is a 26.4 acre park that overlooks the gorgeous Santa Monica beaches and lines the famous Ocean Avenue.


The idyllic park begins at the Santa Monica Pier and continues all the way up to Adelaide Drive. It is lined with more than 30 varieties of plants and trees, including eucalyptus, pine, palm, and fig trees. Below is a list of our favorite things to do in Palisades Park.


Watch the Sunset

There are few places in Silicon Beach where you can watch a more beautiful sunset than at Palisades Park. This long strip of greenery overlooking the pacific ocean is the perfect place to sit down and enjoy the colorful sky. 


Have a Picnic

Pack a lunch and enjoy the view of the ocean crashing in the distance. The park is the best way to get an ocean front picnic without dealing with sand in your salad and seagulls flying above your head. 


Ride Bikes

The Palisades Park bike trail spans over 1 mile and is the perfect place to leisurely ride on a Sunday afternoon. The bike paths are the perfect family friendly activities to do this Fall! 


Grab a Bite to Eat Along the Park

Located between the park and the ocean, Back on the Beach Cafe is casual restaurant with seasonal Californian cuisine. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating with ocean and island views. The restaurant has been a landmark for Los Angeles natives since 1989. 


For more information about Back on the Beach Cafe, including their seasonal menu, click here. 


Go to the Pier

Okay, maybe this isn’t in the park, but since the park technically begins at the pier, we thought we might as well include it! Besides, who can’t resist a day at the pier? Constructed in 1909, this massive pier is home to Pacific Park, a family friendly amusement park. The amusement park boasts carnival games, a merry go round, children rides, and even a roller coaster. Whether you’re a local to Silicon Beach or a tourist just in for the week, the historic Santa Monica Pier is a must see.