What to Know
- Santa Monica
- Through Sept. 6 (closed Aug. 28); hours vary by day
- $10 adult, $5 senior, $4 youth
What's more refreshing: The marvelous moment that the very tip of your big toe grazes the water in a swimming pool? Or the instant you've fully submerged, meaning every bit of your exterior self is in cool-down contact with H2O?
There are surely ardent, aqua-obsessed supporters on both sides of the issue, but pretty much everyone can agree on the following statement: Finding a cool-down destination on a sun-scorching day is the way to go.
And if you're going to Santa Monica, or thinking of making a Pacific pop-by, here's something that is both cheerful and chilly: The Annenberg Community Beach House pool is again open daily, giving swimmers a chance to backstroke next to a building with plenty of local lore and Tinseltown cred.
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The handsome structure, "... one of the remaining elements from the historic Marion Davies Estate," isn't exactly as it was decades ago — there's a new pool house — but the glamour, the sunshine, and the chance to unwind on a pool deck, or in the water, is very present.
Entry to this wave-laden wonderland?
It's $10 for an adult, five dollars for a senior, and four dollars for youths ages 1 to 17.
Passes? Oh yes: They're "first come, first served," so arriving earlier in the day is a wise move (and checking out the hours also falls under the "wise" header).
Brushing up on the pool rules? Again, we'll say it: This is wise to do, particularly in advance of visiting.
Knowing you're taking a dip at a delightful destination, one that has storied ties to old Hollywood and a beautiful beach, a sandy stretch that is just a short stroll away?
Call the Annenberg Community Beach House pool a true stand-out on the SoCal swim scene. For more info, dip a toe into this page now.