Top 10 Things to do in Topanga, United States

December 25, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Topanga is a census-designated place (CDP) in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. Located in the Santa Monica Mountains, the community lies in Topanga Canyon. The narrow southern portion of Topanga at the coast is in between the city of Malibu and the city of Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades. Topanga had a population of 8,289 as of 2010. The ZIP code is 90290 and the area code is primarily 310, with 818 only at the north end of the canyon. It is in the 3rd County Supervisorial district.
Restaurants in Topanga

1. Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3126 +1 310-458-8900
Excellent
43%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Santa Monica Pier

This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round and fantastic views of the bay and the mountains.

Reviewed By Rose R - Preston, United Kingdom

Visited Santa Monica recently the pier was a must very vibrant full of interesting stalls musicians and planes to eat. It's old with wooden wallkboards giant Ferris wheels rides for the kids and something for everyone and it's free to go

2. Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90263-3999 +1 310-456-4000
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Pepperdine University

Reviewed By Caroline L - Los Angeles, California

Every year Pepperdine University honors the victims of 9/11 with a flag display on their front lawn. Each victim is represented by a full size flag and to see the display is something else. It puts the sheer magnitude of the lives lost that day into perspective as the flags cover the hills of the university located just off highway 1. They usually are left up for a two week period so if you have the chance to make it out to Malibu during this time, I would highly recommend it. Parking is free alongside the university and the best days to go are during the week as it's less crowded. At night, the flags are lit which creates a very humbling solemn experience.

3. The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1657 +1 310-440-7300
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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5 based on 12 reviews

The Getty Center

Spectacular museum boasts a most impressive collection by such luminaries as Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne, along with the architectural triumph of its six buildings and gardens.

Reviewed By dod2015 - Los Angeles, California

In addition to an excellent collection of artworks , the museum is also an architectural wonder. The garden and the panoramic view are breath taking. Check the calendar for free admission days and education related events for kids. Best to book tickets in advance. One can easily spend an entire day roaming the facility and enjoy every moment of it.

4. Lake Shrine Temple and Retreat

17190 Sunset Blvd. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 +1 (0) 310 454 4114
Excellent
87%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
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5 based on 45 reviews

Lake Shrine Temple and Retreat

Reviewed By Richard C

Situated in a beautiful, peaceful and serine setting just before Sunset Boulevard winds down is last hill to the beach in Pacific Palisades is this small paradise where visitors are always welcome. There is no charge.

No other place in Southern California is a better place to meditate and relax.

One can stroll around the gorgeous small lake or sit on a bench and simply enjoy this beautiful park.

Every time I return to the area, I try to take an hour or so to visit this picturesque oasis.

5. Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290-4275 +1 310-455-2322
Excellent
93%
Good
7%
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5 based on 28 reviews

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum

Reviewed By Pat C - Simi Valley, California

We attended the Shakespearean play " Titus Andronicus" last night at the Theatricum Botanicum. It was our first visit and we will definitely return! The quality of the acting was first rate and the atmosphere is unique to Southern California and Topanga Canyon in particular. The entry is a bit hidden, but the entire facility is hidden in the woods and evokes a childlike wonderment as you follow the pathway into the outdoor theater area. There is something about seeing live theater in the open air that makes the audience feel more like part of the production.
We learned that there is a youth program as well as an additional 88 seat theater area for the youth plays and more intimate productions including music. This is a fabulous enrichment experience for everyone in the area!
Go! Donate! Support this amazing repertory group in this fantastic setting!

6. Calabasas Commons

Directly downtown, Calabasas, CA
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 164 reviews

Calabasas Commons

Reviewed By Cavydad - Camarillo, California

Trendoid shopping, restaurants, and cafes right off Highway 101. Nice rest stop and a place to seek out the Hollywood personages. Calabasas has become an extension of Beverly Hills and all that encompasses. Featured more than once by the Kardashian’s so it must be great.

7. Malibu Creek State Park

1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302-1909 +1 818-880-0367
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 220 reviews

Malibu Creek State Park

Used as a setting for many television shows and movies, this park offers every type of backdrop from volcanic cliffs and babbling creeks to gorges and waterfalls.

Reviewed By Yehbut - Santa Monica, California

The drive to Malibu Creek State Park is awesome. There are many mountain views and photos to be taken before you arrive. There are many also a lot of different trail heads depending on your skill. Definitely a rock climbers dream location. Many movie scenes have been filmed here. From cowboys to spaceships you can recognize them. Get a early start if you plan on seeing the entire park in one day. It definitely would take 2 days to enjoy the park and see all the places it offers. Great place to soak up the sun in nature. We will be back soon to checkout the lake!

8. The Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, CA 90265-5708 +1 310-440-7300
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

The Getty Villa

Special Holiday Hours: Sunday, December 25, 2016 - Getty Villa will be closed Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - Getty Villa will be open from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, January 1, 2017 - Getty Villa will be closed Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Getty Villa will be open from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM This museum is dedicated to the art of the ancient Greeks, Romans and other classic civilizations.

Reviewed By Bgdg1962

Very impressive terrace landscaping with a very well done art museum. Mr Getty had quite the impressive collection of Roman artifacts, mostly marble. I was disappointed because I actually thought the “villa” was a private home tour. The structure is all well done and beautiful. The layout from the parking structure to the actual museum is considerable. I would be strategic about where I dropped off a handicapped person .

9. Topanga Creek Outpost

1273 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290-4270 +1 310-455-2111
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 4 reviews

Topanga Creek Outpost

Reviewed By GreekamericanMom - California

Topanga Creek Outpost is the only bike shop you'll need for some GREAT riding in southern California. Awesome staff that goes above and beyond to make sure you have a high end FS mountain bike, clear turn by turn directions, and (best of all) they're located within riding distance of the Topanga State Park trailhead. ..so no bike rack needed! No reason not to ride when they make it this easy. Also, gift shop has some cool souvenirs, even some made right in the shop. Definitely look forward to returning to this place...plenty more trails to
check out in Topanga.

10. Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum

23200 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-4937 +1 310-456-8432
Excellent
71%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum

The historic home of Merritt Huntley Adamson, a local rancher, is set along the beautiful Malibu coastline and is home to a museum that explores the history of Malibu.

Reviewed By Rick S - San Diego, California

Always nice to learn a little history about the site visited. The museum is located smack in the middle of the Surf Rider Beach. Quite an unusually landscape. The history of this house, the owners, and the city of Malibu makes for a wonderful story.

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