Los Angeles Tourist Accessibility: Santa Monica

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Santa Monica Accessibility

Ramps at the Santa Monica Pier, near the Carousel and the Aquarium. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Ramps at the Santa Monica Pier

Third Street Promenade - is a former roadway converted for pedestrian use. As such, there are plenty of ramps and accessways, and any curbs are much lower than a city street. All stores are accessible and it's very easy to cross the streets that pass through the Promenade, which have audible crosswalk controls. Phone: (310) 393-8355. (Third Street Promenade Information)

Palisade Park - is accessible to the extent that all paths are flat, however some are dirt. The paths closer to the Santa Monica Pier will be easier to navigate.

Santa Monica Pier - has been renovated to provide better access, including a smoother surface that replaced some of the boardwalk planks. From Colorado Avenue, there is a wheelchair ramp on the south side of the pier driveway, and an access ramp at the base of the Pier. The attraction is also accessible from either Pier parking lot. (Phone: 310-458-8901) (Santa Monica Pier Home Page)

Santa Monica Beach - There is an accessible path way that extends from the bicycle path (adjacent to the parking lot). The path leads out into the sand, to a point that's covered with water at high tide. There are other similar paths near the Pier. There is an accessible pedestrian path that joins Santa Monica Pier with Venice Beach (about 2 miles distance). (California State Parks: 310-458-8411; TTY: 310-917-6626) (Santa Monica Beach Home Page)

Santa Monica Beach Wheelchairs - The City of Santa Monica provides motorized beach wheelchairs.

Santa Monica Place Mall is ADA accessible on all floors, including the parking garage. Wheelchairs are available for loan at the concierge. Telephone: 310-260-8333.

Malibu Accessibility

Getty Villa (requires reservation) - Access information, tips and contacts. Telephone: 310-440-7300; TTY: 310-440-7305.