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Adamson House Museum

Individual & Group Tours
Telephone: 310.456.8432
Address: 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265
Built on Malibu Beach in 1929, this home is famous for its art deco tile from Malibu potteries and its beautiful grounds used for weddings and events. Beautifully preserved with original furnishings, the home and grounds are open to the public for home tours, garden tours, a gift shop, and a wonderful Malibu history museum.

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Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway
The Getty Center is renowned for its permanent collection, which includes pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts; 19th and 20th century American, European and Asian photographs and contemporary and modern sculpture. The Museum was modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, the largest and most luxuriously furnished seaside villa that had been found during the early excavations at Herculaneum in Italy in the 1700s.

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Malibu Lagoon State Beach – Surfrider Beach

23200 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265
Also known Malibu Beach, this beach was the center of the California surf culture in the 50’s and 60’s. Surf legends made their names here and it is now home to Malibu’s annual surf contests. Adjacent to the beach is the Malibu Pier, theMalibu lagoon bird sanctuary and the Malibu Colony.

Malibu Beach

Malibu Lagoon State Beach – Bird Sanctuary

23200 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265
Located next to Surfrider Beach, the Malibu Lagoon is where the Malibu Creek meets the sea. It’s a newly renovated bird sanctuary where you can meander along paths to scout for birds, take in the views, or enjoy a picnic at a number of places along the path. You can watch migratory birds from a lookout point or walk the path behind the Malibu Colony to the beach.

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Malibu Pier 

3000 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265 Telephone: 310.706.1310
This historic landmark sits in the heart of Malibu overlooking the famous Malibu Surfider Beach. At the end of the pier you’ll find a gift shop, The Farm restaurant, whale watching excursions, sportfishing trips, or fishing from the pier with equipment rentals available.

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Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park is located just 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The beautiful park has over 4,000 acres, featuring hiking, fishing and camping. Malibu Creek State Park is a popular destination for campers and hikers who want to experience the beauty of Malibu’s mountains and canyons. The Park has one park entrance with a large parking lot. A vehicle fee is charged for this area of the park, which offers convenient trail access …

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Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263 310.506.4000
Located near the center of Malibu, this private Christian university features spectacular ocean views and an outstanding reputation. In addition to its programs for students, Pepperdine offers Malibu residents access to the swimming pool and gym through The Crest Club, and brings the arts to Malibu through its Center for the Arts and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum.

Malibu Beach

Malibu Beach

Malibu Legacy Park

23500 Civic Center Way
Malibu, CA 90265 Facility Use Information: 310.317.1364

The Malibu Legacy Park Project is the centerpiece of the City’s commitment to improving ocean water quality and improving public health. A multi-benefit project for the environment and the community, Legacy Park addresses critical issues, including bacteria reduction in stormwater treatment, restoration / development of riparian habitats, and the development of an open space area for passive recreation and environmental education. Created with funding from the City, grants, and $2.5 million in private contributions from the Malibu community, the $35 million project transformed 15 acres in the heart of Malibu into a central park that is one of the most ambitious and innovative stormwater and urban runoff projects in California. The clean stormwater is then reused for irrigation of the park. The creation of Legacy Park also restored and developed important native coastal habitats, while creating open space for passive recreation and environmental education. It offers a living learning center, informational kiosks, an outdoor classroom, a cultural interpretive center, and numerous other features to provide information and education about flora and fauna along the Southern California coast.

Malibu landmark beaches
Malibu landmark beaches

Malibu Bluffs Park and Michael Landon Community Center

24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263 310.506.4000

This six acre community park is located at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Rd. The park has baseball diamonds, a soccer field, a jogging path, whale watching station, childrens play area, and the Michael Landon Community Center featuring classes of all kinds for all ages. Located in the heart of Malibu, Michael Landon Community Center and Bluffs Parks is a gorgeous venue for your next picnic, holiday, or corporate event. Known for its beautiful nature, amazing location to the beach and its calm and relaxing atmosphere. Facilities can be leased for events, meetings, classes etc. Call Malibu City Hall for more information

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Paradise Cove

28128 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
Paradise Cove is famous for its beautiful beach, restaurant on the sand, and state pier that offers public access and pier fishing. The Paradise Cove Beach Cafe offers outdoor dining, lounge chair rentals, and private seating areas. This spot is a well known filming location best known as the place where the Rockford Files tv show was filmed.

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Point Dume Nature Preserve

Westward Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
The Point Dume Nature Preserve features 32 acres of trails, headlands, cliffs, rocky coves, two of Malibu’s most beautiful beaches, and the best whale watching platform in Malibu. On the south side of the Point is Big Dume Beach accessible by stairs from Cliffside Drive. The north side is Point Dume State Beach at the end of Westward Beach Rd. This beach has lifeguards, restrooms, and easy access parking.

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Malibu Beach
Malibu Beach

Solstice Canyon

3455 Solstice Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

One of Malibu’s favorite hiking destinations, Solstice Canyon is located within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, located off Corral Canyon Road from Pacific Coast Highway.

Solstice Canyon offers several options for easy, moderate, or strenuous hikes through coastal sage scrub and riparian plant communities. Visitors can enjoy a picnic, a shady stroll along the Solstice Canyon Trail, or a more challenging climb up the Rising Sun Trail. Our perennial waterfall is a popular hiking destination, and along the way you might encounter acorn woodpeckers, alligator lizards, fence lizards, or a red-tailed hawk soaring overhead. Experience the natural beauty of this peaceful canyon, and while enjoying a gentle hike to the waterfall you will pass remains of the Keller House, a stone hunting cabin built over one hundred years ago. Upon arriving at the Solstice waterfall, you will find the stone and brick ruins of The Roberts Ranch house designed by architect Paul Revere Williams in 1952. In 1929, Williams became the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects and later designed a prominent landmark at the Los Angeles International Airport, the “LAX Theme Building (1961).”

The hike to the waterfall and back is approximately 2 miles. There is a small parking lot on site, dogs are allowed on leash.

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Westward Beach

Westward Beach is a long, wide beach on the western side of Point Dume, and is actually the southern and quieter half of Zuma County Beach, a three-mile long sandy stretch of waterfront. With miles of gradually-sloping sand, this is an ideal place for beach walking. Swimming, sunbathing, and surfing are the main activities at Westward. Zuma Lagoon divides Zuma from Westward and is a terrific birdwatching spot.A fine dining restaurant called The Sunset is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, located along the middle stretch of Westward Beach.

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Zuma Beach

30000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
Zuma Beach is one of the most famous and popular beaches in Southern California. Zuma stretches for almost 3 miles long and offers many amenities including restrooms, outdoor showers, lifeguards, a food stand, volleyball nets, and easy access parking.

Malibu Beach
Malibu Beach

Additional Public BEACHES

Surfrider Beach
Topanga Beach
La Piedra
El Matador
El Pescador.
Leo Carillo
Paradise Cove
Malibu Lagoon
Dan Blocker
Nicholas Canyon Beach
Las Tunas Beach


Backbone Trail

Backbone Trail:

Strenuous, 65 miles one way

The Backbone Trail is a long-distance trail extending 67.79 miles, following the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains, and is Los Angeles’ premier long-distance trail. Its western terminus is Point Mugu State Park, and its eastern terminus is Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades.

The Backbone Trail has 12 official trailheads. Thru hiking the trail with overnight camping is currently not possible, but you may complete the trail over the course of many day trips, including NPS-sponsored guided hikes each winter and spring.

Charmlee Wilderness Park

Charmlee Wilderness Park:

2577 Encinal Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265

Located on over 532 acres within the best of the Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Slope Environment, Charmlee Wilderness Park includes over eight miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, native plants, and scenic vistas. To monitor wildlife and for public education purposes, the Community Services Department placed wildlife cameras at Charmlee Wilderness Park in November 2021. Sightings have included a male bobcat, quail, a fox, coyotes, deer, rabbits, skunks, owls, and various birds. Charmlee’s Full Moon Hikes are offered throughout the year, and are a uniquely magical experience. The park is open from 8:00 AM to Sunset daily.

Trailhead: Charmlee Wilderness Park

Cheeseboro Canyon Trail to Modelo Trail Loop

Cheeseboro Canyon Trail to Modelo Trail Loop:

Moderate, 3 miles round trip

Follow a flat old ranch road through valley oak savannah before ascending up a ridge for panoramic views of the Simi Hills during your return to the trailhead.

Trailhead: Cheeseboro & Palo Comado Canyons

Escondido Falls

Escondido Falls:

Winding Way, Malibu, CA 90265

Discover this 3.5-mile out-and-back trail in Malibu, located in Escondido Canyon Park. There is a parking lot at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Winding Way, and from there you will follow the trail signs up Winding Way to find the trailhead.

Considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 30 min to complete, and the destination is the Escondido Falls. This is a very popular area for hiking, mountain biking, and running, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Trailhead: Escondido Falls Trail

Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park:

Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road

Malibu Creek State Park features dramatic geology, epic mountains, and deep gorges formed by earthquakes and erosion that have impacted the landscape for millions of years and are still underway today. The park offers chances for hiking along streamside trails on Malibu Creek, fishing, bird watching and horseback riding through the Santa Monica Mountains. There are more than 20 great hikes at varying degrees of difficulty at Malibu Creek State park. Among the favorite hikes are the Backbone Trail, which is a relatively difficult hike, and easier hikes including Malibu Lake Trail, Rock Pool & Century Lake Trails, Grasslands Trail, Saddle Peak Trail, Mesa Creek Trail, and Rock Pool via Crags Road Loop. The park is open from dawn until dusk. A visitor center is open on weekends only. The park is located four miles south of Highway 101 on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road.

Trailhead: Malibu Creek State Park

Split Rock

Mishe Mokwa Trail to Split Rock:

Moderate, 3.5 miles round trip

12896 Yerba Buena Road, Malibu, CA 90265

Traversing riparian, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral, this trail offers wonderful views of Carlisle Canyon and Balanced Rock. Split Rock’s oak grove offers a shaded spot for picnicking.

Trailhead: Circle X Ranch

Satwiwa Loop Trail

Satwiwa Loop Trail:

Easy, 1.5 miles round trip

Stroll through the grasslands and chaparral of the Satwiwa Native American Indian Natural Area. This beautiful meadow, with Mount Boney set as a dramatic backdrop, was designated for the preservation and celebration of Native American cultures.

Trailhead: Rancho Sierra Vista / Satwiwa

Solstice Canyon Trail

Solstice Canyon Trail:

Easy, 2.1 miles round trip
3455 Solstice Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

This popular hike gently rises from the main parking area to the waterfall and Roberts Ranch House ruins, following a creek through forests of oak and sycamore.

Trailhead: Solstice Canyon

Zuma Edison Road

Zuma Edison Road :

2590-2370 Kanan Road, Malibu, CA 90265

Just about 3 miles up Kanan Road from Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, you will discover this 10.2-mile out-and-back trail. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 5 h 40 min to complete. This is a popular trail for hiking, but you can still enjoy some solitude on weekdays and during quieter times of day.

Escondido Falls

Zuma RIdge Trail

Zuma Ridge Trail:

Busch Drive, Malibu, CA 90265

Enjoy this 5.5-mile out-and-back trail near Malibu, California. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of a little over 3 hours to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, mountain biking, and running, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is essentially a cleared fire trail, maintained and open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Trailhead: Top of Busch Drive

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