Annenberg Community Beach House

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What started as an opulent beachfront estate built by William Randolph Hearst for Hollywood star Marion Davies in the 1920s is now a modern, community beach club open to the public, thanks to Wallis Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation, who provided $27.5 million for the transformation. Completed in 2009, the five-acre beach house accommodates a main house with a rec room for board games, ping pong and classes and events, a swimming pool, a splash pad, beach volleyball and tennis courts, soccer fields, canopies, a cafe and rentals for paddle boards. You can also take a sunset swim (adults only) the second Friday of each month during the summer (6:30pm-9:30pm).

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Venue name: Annenberg Community Beach House
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Address: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica

Opening hours: Seasonal. Check website for details
Price: Most amenities are free; pool access is $4-$10/day; parking rates are seasonal.
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Perfect for a family beach day. Pay for parking (and the fees don't get higher than the typical Santa Monica beach front lots) and you have access to the Beach House grounds, a great kids play area, and a quiet stretch of beach. The pool is an additional fee, but it's a great place to relax when the ocean water is too cold. Worth the parking fee for the convenience of having nice and easily accessible restrooms alone.