Malibu Lagoon SB

State Beach

The Malibu Lagoon is where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. Malibu's Surfrider Beach has a long standing as a premier surfing beach.

On the east side of Malibu Creek Bridge, the famous Malibu Pier allows for excellent saltwater fishing. On the west side of Malibu Creek Bridge, visitors will find picnic tables and a nature area, excellent for bird watching and the study of a unique eco-system, a Southern California saltwater marsh.

The Adamson House at Malibu Lagoon State Beach overlooks the Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach. This blufftop showplace of Malibu historical artifacts is a California Historical Landmark that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1929, this Spanish Colonial Revival home contains the best surviving examples of decorative ceramic tile produced by Malibu Potteries. The home was built for Merritt Huntley Adamson and Rhoda Rindge Adamson, daughter of Frederick Hastings Rindge and May Knight Rindge—last owners of the Rancho Malibu Spanish grant.

The adjacent Malibu Lagoon Museum allows visitors to walk through the history of the area from the days of the California Indian "Chumash"  tribe, to the gentlemen ranchers, and finally to the birth of the surfing era. Museum docents give delightful tours filled with local legends and anecdotes.

Guided tours of the wetlands and other natural elements such as grunion, the monarch butterfly, tidepools, and the gray whale are scheduled seasonally. The Malibu Lagoon beach features wetlands, flower gardens and a sandy beach.

From Santa Monica, follow the Pacific Coast Highway 13 miles west. From the 101 Freeway, exit at Las Virgenes Road, proceed 10-miles west through Malibu Canyon, turn left at Pacific Coast Highway, travel 1.5-miles east. Entrance for parking and the nature area is at Cross Creek Road. Walk east across the bridge and follow the dirt lane at to the Adamson House.
Latitude/Longitude: 34.0333 / -118.6783

The State Beach parking lot is located on the west side of the Malibu Creek Bridge. A county parking lot is located directly in front of the Adamson House.

Disabled Access
Vehicles are not allowed on the grounds unless the license plate displays the disabled emblem. Disabled access to the museum and the first floor of the house is available. A video of the upper floor is available upon request.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Grounds are open 7-days a week 8:00 am to Sunset

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (310) 457-8143

  • Region

    Los Angeles County


    Los Angeles

  • Purchase Annual Passes

General Information

23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

Historic Adamson House
Malibu Lagoon Museum
Visitor Center & Bookstore
Adamson House Tours
Garden Tours
Christmas Tours
Special Holiday Tours
Malibu Pier Tours
Malibu Lagoon School Field Trips

Special Events & Weddings
310/ 457-8144 ext.2

Filming & Photography Permits

Malibu Lagoon
Education & Interpretation Programs

Guided Programs
Malibu Lagoon School Field Trips

Self-Guided School and youth group reservations are closed through summer of 2014.  Contact us in September for fall 2014. 

Dogs in Parks

Dogs are not allowed on trails or the beach.