Pacific Palisades is a neighborhood located on the westside of Los Angeles. You’ll find many family-friendly things to do in this picturesque neighborhood.
Will Rogers State Historic Park
1501 Will Rogers Park Rd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
For those who don’t know, Will Rogers was a popular actor, and the highest-paid actor, in the 1930s. Over the years, he gained fame as a columnist, radio personality, and movie star. He enjoyed riding and roping, and purchased his Ranch which is now known as the Will Rogers State Historic Park. Guided tours of the ranch house are offered at select times, or for families who prefer, they can explore the ranch on a self-guided tour. The Visitor Center offers exhibits about the history of the site. There is also a hiking trail here which will lead you up to Inspiration Point.
17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
While you’ll still be in Pacific Palisades, you may feel as if you’ve traveled to ancient Greece and Rome. The Getty Villa is a re-creation of an ancient Roman country house. The art on display represents 7,000 years of ancient art — from the end of the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman Empire. You’ll also be enchanted by the Villa’s four gardens featuring fountains, ponds, and arbors. Admission is free, though an advance, timed-entry ticket is required. Parking is $15. The website also offers some friendly tips for families to help them get the most out of their visit. And don’t forget to check out the Family Forum, where families can explore and play together. (The Getty Villa is closed on Tuesdays).
Will Rogers State Beach
17000 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA
You really can’t go to Pacific Palisades without spending time at the beach. At Will Rogers Beach, you won’t run out of things to do. Swimming, surfing, volleyball, and bike riding are just some of the fun activities your family may wish to do.
17300 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA
Adjacent to Will Rogers Beach and Sunset Point Beach, is the famous Gladstone’s Restaurant. This popular eatery has been in business for over 40 years. Enjoy fresh seafood while dining on the beach. They offer weekend brunch, weekday lunch, dinner, and of course a kids’ menu including pasta, cheeseburgers, chicken strips, and fish and chips. (The website informs visitors that there is no set closure date for Gladstone’s Restaurant; they are still accepting reservations).
Sunset Point Beach
17300 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Sunset Point Beach is also known as Sunset Beach. Many beginner surfers come here to gain experience. It’s a calmer, quieter section of beach which may be just what your family is looking for. Pack some balls, some books, and a picnic and enjoy a day at the beach.
Palisades Branch Library
861 Alma Real Dr., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
The Palisades Branch Library is a part of the Los Angeles Public Library System. You’ll find many family-friendly activities at this location, including Family Storytime (designed for children 3 and up, including stories, fingerplays, and songs), a Knitting Circle, an Origami Club, special performances, and more. Mark your calendars because “Jack and the Beanstalk: The Puppet Musical” is scheduled for 4:00 pm on Thursday, October 27th. Keep in mind that the library is closed on Sundays.
16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Ladybug Music offers music classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. All classes encourage family participation and emphasize the joy of music and having fun. Children are introduced to a wide range of musical styles while singing, dancing, playing percussive instruments, and more. All the while, they’re learning about pitch, tempo, melody, and rhythm. All classes include children of different ages (from infants to four-year-olds).
Los Leones Trail
580 Los Liones Dr., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
If your family enjoys hiking, try the Los Leones Trail. It’s a steady climb which will reward you with impressive views of the Pacific Ocean. The hike is said to be 1.3 miles with an elevation gain of 550 feet. While hiking, be on the lookout (and use caution) for a number of creatures including lizards, birds, snakes, and more. Don’t forget to bring more water than you think you’ll need, snacks, and sunscreen.
Westside Riding School – Guided Trail Rides
1501 Will Rogers Park Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Another way to explore beautiful Pacific Palisades is on horseback. The Westside Riding School offers guided trail rides in Will Rogers State Historic Park. Call ahead to reserve your ride (available Tuesdays through Sundays). No prior riding experience is required. The ride is about 50 minutes long and will provide you with beautiful views. Riders must be at least 8 years old, and all riders must wear a helmet.
Temescal Gateway Park
15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA
Temescal Gateway Park includes 141 acres. You’ll find picnic tables, hiking trails, and large grassy areas here. Hiking through the park will give your family an appreciation of nature and reward you with some incredible views. If you do go hiking, be on the lookout for Skull Rock — a sandstone formation that some say resembles a skull. As a bonus, most visitors say that parking is generally easy to find here.
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