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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
+1 310-458-4904
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Good venue for private party

Attended an evening private party here and found it to be a very good venue for an event within... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David G
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Boca Raton, Florida
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great spot right on the beach, great restaurant there sitting on sand - play area for kids

love to stop and watch people on the bike/walking prominode and have a bite to eat at Back at the... read more

Reviewed March 17, 2018
amynjim
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Orange
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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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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
415 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
Santa Monica
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+1 310-458-4904
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Attended an evening private party here and found it to be a very good venue for an event within relevant guest number parameters. We had maybe 70 or so. The main room is pleasant and has an excellent outside patio/terrace area. There is good on...More

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Reviewed March 17, 2018

love to stop and watch people on the bike/walking prominode and have a bite to eat at Back at the Beach and let kids play on the jungle gym and climbers

Thank amynjim
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

Like having your own private beach club-on the oceanfront,pool,changing room. Get there early in the summer for parking. Took the grandkids and they had a blast.

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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

We’ve driven by the Beach House for 20 years and never stopped! Took a tour of the Marion Davies Guest House and enjoyed the docent’s recounting of Hollywood history. Will return with a picnic when the weather is warmer.

1  Thank Devon S
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Reviewed February 5, 2018

You can eat inside or outside, sun or shade, with an excellent menu even if you want lunch foods at breakfast time. More than adequate parking. I've eaten here several times with friends, with never anything less than excellent. It's addictive!

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Reviewed November 27, 2017

Grab a beach chair here, let your kids play in the pool or participate in the supervised activities, and read up on Marion Davies (who lived here), Randolph Hearst (who built the 22-room house for her), Julia Morgan (who designed the mansion and side buildings)....More

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Reviewed September 25, 2017

What a beautiful place that opens out onto the beach...WONDERFUL service and staff. Comfortable parking and the IDEAL location for a wedding, party and event of any kind. It does depend largely on the type of event, as to what room you choose to utilize,...More

Thank MsBunny2011
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Reviewed September 24, 2017

Avoid the crowds of Santa Monica Pier or the crazyness of Venice Boardwalk. Grab a beach umbrella and a couple of chairs, bring your cooler or oder from the beachfront cafe. You'll enjoy the peaceful, easy access of this great beach with all of the...More

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Reviewed September 14, 2017

No matter how you enjoy the beach, they have it all. There's a pool, restaurant, wonderfully maintained walkways to the beach, nice changing facilities, equipment rentals, etc. The beach itself is a very deep, level and clean. It's one of the nicest beaches we've ever...More

Thank Trave2leverywhere
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Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

Easy and reasonably priced outing on a Monday afternoon. Ample changing rooms, showers, and chaise lounges. There is a centrifuge that will wring out your wet bathing suit.

Thank Kelly K
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mmmaria63
August 27, 2017|
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Response from sunstonetours | Reviewed this property |
I am a docent at the Beach House. We give tours at all times between 11 and 2. It lists tours only on the hour, but we try to accommodate everyone who comes in no matter what time when we are open. Even open Labor Day.
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William S
January 23, 2017|
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Response from sunstonetours | Reviewed this property |
There are weddings all the time. Quite popular. So many different options available that would dictate the price. You would have to call the main office of t he Annenberg Beach House. I was working there today and a couple... More
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TractorGirl810
May 24, 2015|
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Response from Robyn M | Reviewed this property |
I believe you can buy passes that are cheaper than paying the entrance on a daily basis...there are also adult/fitness swim times.....I'm assuming you're an adult:)
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