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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

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Experience the vibrant, timeless energy of southern California with a walk down Santa Monica Pier. The 100-year-old wooden wharf serves as the area's hub of entertainment and culture. This spot is home to the Pacific Park amusement park, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, an array of shops and eateries, and plenty of street artists. Rent bikes and spend the afternoon exploring the carnival-like atmosphere while enjoying the oceanside scenery. Kids love visiting the Playland Arcade, which has more than 200 games and attractions. The pier also is home to California's only over-water Ferris wheel. Plan to visit Santa Monica Pier and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Santa Monica attractions using our Santa Monica trip generator.
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  • Very nice beach, however pacific share is quite small, but at the top. And I recommend you do the big wheel, a life on the ocean and the beautiful city. Breathtaking!
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  • Although we did poorly (the only travel) day, enjoyed the visit. The site, often seen the television, is a must if you go to Los Angeles. Worth the atmosphere, ocean noise, seagulls... everything!
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  • Place of excitement for all ages, the pier has a playground and games. It has a great view of the beach and is a great place for a walk at sunset.
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  • Beautiful place to escape the chaos of Los Angeles. Plenty of public transport options and food vendors. Great for people watching, especially on the weekend when the buskers are out. Fresh air and gorgeous sunsets- free entertainment at its best.
  • Great family fun. Lunch for 2 kids and 2 adults ran us over $70 as did dinner. Rides will cost you $5-$8 per person so you can spend a pretty penny to do everything but it's a tourist spot so it's as expected and good fun. A TON of homeless. Most of which keep to themselves but some are looking for handouts and follow you asking for help etc but don't seem to bother beyond that.
  • one of the must see of California. The beginning (or end) of Route 66. It's always a nice place to visit and enjoy. Every time you have a chance, go there. Always something different. Go there and enjoy your day.
  • I go here about once every two months with my cousins and sisters. We always have a great time here. I've been going here since I was a little toddler. They have rides for little children and for adults. They're not scary but they're fun. Food is great and I highly recommend this place for people visiting Los Angeles.
  • Hard to beat having a margarita at the end of the pier with some fresh guacamole watching the sun set. Rides are pretty simple but fun. Getting a wrist band is your best deal if you are going to do more there two Rides.