Activities in Santa Monica include more than just laying in the hot sun with a refreshing drink and devouring fish tacos. (Though that is a lovely place to start.)
Besides sunning, you can soak up the rays of our endless summer surfing, biking, paddle boarding, skateboarding, playing beach volleyball, basketball and tennis; parasailing... the list goes on and on.
Don't want to get wet? A visit to the Annenberg Beach House, the Santa Monica Aquarium, or the Santa Monica Pier should do the trick. And then of course there's shopping at the 3rd Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place.
In short: There's never a dull moment when you visit Santa Monica, even for the most active busy bodies (kids included). This guide will get you primed to hit the beach - or the shopping areas - running.