Los Angeles — Annenberg Beach House

Santa Monica's best-kept secret

One of the best-kept secrets in Los Angeles is the not-to-miss pool + beach club at the @annenbergcommunitybeachhouse (no membership necessary). I went on half-price Mondays for $9 total (myself and two kids). Front + center parking is $12 extra and well worth it. You can reserve your pool spot and parking 1-3 days prior to visit (details on Annenberg’s site). There’s a beachfront cafe + grab & go snack shop on the property, but you can always bring your picnic for the beach or near the playground. Bathrooms, showers, lockers, beach access included in daily pool fee.
Be sure to check out the history of this five-acre oceanfront site — was developed in the 1920s as a 100-room mansion by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. Definitely worth a visit!