The Santa Monica Pier
The Santa Monica Pier is the most famous attraction in town, and definitely one worth seeing with a cushy three-day weekend. Use your extra time to explore the pier’s many offerings including a historical walking tour, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and a trapeze school. To learn more, check out our guide to visiting the Santa Monica Pier.
Santa Monica’s Best Restaurants
A major advantage to visiting Santa Monica for a full three-day weekend is that it gives you more time to sample as many of the area’s best restaurants as possible. You can find some of the most hearty artisanal pastries, and best cups of coffee at Huckleberry Cafe and Bakery, seasonal specialties at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar, and craft cocktails at The Misfit Restaurant 7 Bar.
Relaxing In The Parks
A three day weekend in Santa Monica will also leave you time to relax or play games in some of the area’s best public parks. Pacific Park is the city’s oceanfront amusement park that encapsulates the pier and its many rides and games. Tongva Park features a brilliant collection of gardens and hangouts. Ocean View Park is a beautiful and scenic option with basketball hoops and tennis courts.
Explore The City’s Cultural Attractions
While enjoying your three-day weekend in Santa Monica, you can take the extra time to explore some more of the city’s best cultural attractions. You can take a pottery lesson at The Clayhouse, or take in a show at Santa Monica College’s The Broad Stage. For more examples, check out our guide to Mid-City Santa Monica.
Shop Like A Santa Monica Local
We also must recommend that our three-day weekend travelers explore the city’s local shopping scene with all its unique and high-end destinations. This guide to Shopping Local in Santa Monica will point you to the best boutiques and shopping centers around.