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. For Santa Monica Pier and beyond, use our Santa Monica trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Santa Monica vacation.
Tours to Santa Monica Pier
$89 BOOK WITH VIATOR Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
$79 BOOK WITH VIATOR Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
Duration: 3 hours
Santa Monica Pier reviews
A great place to people watch, enjoy the ocean, get some food or enjoy a bit of street entertainment. It was clean and very safe with police patrols. more »
On a lovely , sunny Sunday morning we drove our 25 ft motorhome to the Pier, primarily to mark the end of our Route 66 trip. Drive along Ocean Blvd to view the Pacific Ocean was nice, but it would... more »
Just me, even with Covid I didn’t want to be there. Not a big fan for the rides. I think Santa Barbara pier and Malibu were pretty. The park nearby was gorgeous. more »
Amazing ! Views, beach, atmosphere. All of it was great. And weather was good too. Definitely recommend. The area where people work out is really cool and fun too. They have monkey bars, swinging rings, swings, those tapes where people balance on... sorry dont know the names... but a really nice chill place to go see.
This is one of the most fun beaches in my opinion in Los Angeles. Between the amusement park, sunny beach, shops, and interesting people of Santa Monica the Pier is pretty cool. The water at the beach won’t be the clearest or cleanest but it’s still a beach worth checking out and there are plenty of things to do. Also, everyone seems to be in a good mood while there so that makes it enjoyable too. Def a place to check out whether you’re visiting or from LA.
This is the right place for people who loves beach and sport! I couldn't imagine such a great place, but it is exactly like we use to see it in the movies! Even better! Great people, good coffee and you can even train as much as you want! And the sunset is just WOW, unbelievable! This is actually one of my favorite place in California!
I have visited the Santa Monica Pier twice. I guess it’s one of those places you need to visit to say you e been there and relate to TV programs that feature pictures of it. Plenty of entertainment by buskers. A few restaurants and food carts to choose from. Fun rides for the kiddies. Reasonable value for money. Plan with Google maps how to get into the car park BEFORE you go! It can be tricky to find.
Santa Monica pier is by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, it’s breathtaking, full of awesome people, they have wonderful food/vendors. And they always have a lot of fun entertainment going on! If you are looking to go on the Ferris wheel or just walk around with your friends this is the right place to be. And if you walk to the end of the pier you can see the ocean as far as the eye can see. I will definitely be going back to this wonderful place in my life.
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