Attractions Activities in Santa Maria

Santa Maria is one of the most fun-filled areas in the otherwise laid back and serene California. It is also considered to be an ideal family-friendly destination. Take a look at our pick of the top 5 attractions and activities in Santa Maria.

Win a Game at the Chess Park 

Like Washington Square Park in New York City, the Chess Park at Santa Monica hosts some of the most exciting chess tournaments. The chess tables are set out publicly and attract some of the best chess players in the city at one place. If you are passionate about the game, you are welcome to join in or just watch the masters at play. All this while, your kids can have a merry time on the gigantic chessboard, near the sidewalk. The park is only a few minutes from the Santa Monica Pier

It’s Carnival Time Pacific Park 

Santa Monica Pier has some of the most interesting attractions for families. Time Pacific park, themed after carnivals, has many elements which give the place a carnival like ambiance. A major highlight is the Ferris wheel which offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Bay, Venice Beach and Ocean Park. There are various other exciting rides and carnival games to look forward to. The best part about this park is that you can get a ride, even when the fair season is far away.

Shop, watch, eat at Third Street Promenade

The Third Street Promenade is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It is one of the best places to shop in Santa Monica. If you get tired of shopping or overall roaming around, check out the street performers who keep the crowds entertained with their antics. You can also have gelato on the dining terrace of the mall if you want to indulge your sweet tooth.

 Ponder Over the Artistry at Bermagot Station Arts Centre

If you have a fascination for different forms of art, and love creativity, Bermagot station is the perfect place for you. Here, one can observe different works of art in galleries. You can also visit the Santa Monica Museum of Art, which is a part of the Bermagot Station. And the best part about all this is that the gallery complex is free to public. (However, you will have to pay for your own coffee and snacks!)

Explore the Sea World at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, situated just below the Carousal of the Santa Monica Pier, is a fabulous place. The establishment has around 100 species of marine flora and fauna. You will be able to see various wonderful sea creatures such as swell sharks, sea stars and sea urchins. The tickets cost $5 per head and the whole experience can be a fun-filled yet informative experience for kids as well as adults.

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