Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Santa Monica Pier
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Santa Monica Pier Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
17,270 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • I loved walking around. We went on a Sunday, many, many people. Maybe not the best to take his time and hang out. Many shops, food outlets and attractions. Very nice.
    View original
  • The first sight of the sign for the pier will have you reaching for your camera. Really cool to see in person. If you go on the weekend don’t be in a hurry because it gets crowded. Worth the walk whic...  more »
  • It's a must-see place on your visit to Los Angeles. Its pier, fair and beach make the end of the Route 66 the best! Overall San Monica is a beautiful, quiet and modern place. You can enjoy a good meal, drink and an exceptional view!
    View original
Google
  • This beach is always great to visit! Pier & food are always fun & tasteful respectively. Always have a lot of fun here. The shopping is fun, snacks, all the food option. Just overall great beach! Definitely think Santa Monica has the best pier action around & if you’ve never been here then it’s time to stop waiting & start your great experience here now!!! You will not be disappointed at all!!!
  • Cute pier. Great beach. Lots to do. There's the beach and swimming and boogie boarding or surfing. Then there's the pier with the arcade, rides and games. Plus food. There's an all day pass that is great if you're going to be the all day. Fun in the sun
  • Such a beautiful place to come visit! I love seeing all the entertainment! The pier is clean and well maintained. Lots of vendors and plenty for the kids to enjoy. Great place.
  • The performers on the pier were super entertaining. They were vibrant and full of life. Also, the view of the beach and the water was super nice and gave a lot of really nice pictures. It was also not nearly as crowded as originally expected and parking was easily available. However, the rides were definitely overpriced.
  • Santa Monica Pier... A must see when touring Los Angeles! Open air, people watching, whale , seal sightings. When it is sunny, great for strolling. The is a restaurant at the end of the "Pier". There are vendors up and down the " Pier." There are snack places , Ferris Wheel. Oh, Bubba Grumps is there also. Drinks are served. Be of age. A merry go round and even a aquarium. Kid friendly , date friendly environment. Parking on the "Pier" when not full. Parking below the "Pier ". At the top of the " Pier" is the Lobster House. Great views, food is good, staff are friendly, bar is good and has views as well. Outdoor patio and valet parking. The "Pier" a great "Spot". Check it out, who says so: Don Owens
Places to stay near Santa Monica Pier

Plan your trip to Santa Monica

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Santa Monica

View all >
4.2
Duration: 3​h
4.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h 30​min

Side trips from Santa Monica

4.9
Duration: 5​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h

Hidden gems in Santa Monica

4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 2​h

Museums in Santa Monica

2.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 4​h
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Parks in Santa Monica

4.3
Duration: 2​h
4.2
Duration: 2​h
4.1
Duration: 2​h
4.0
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Santa Monica

3.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 2​h
4.1
Duration: 1​h
4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min
3.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Plans to Santa Monica Pier by other users

15 days in Los Angeles BY A USER FROM DENMARK June, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM KUWAIT July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, outdoors, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in California BY A USER FROM BRAZIL August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA January, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Santa Monica BY A USER FROM INDIA July, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA January, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA August, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Los Angeles & Portland BY A USER FROM BELARUS July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Los Angeles BY A USER FROM THAILAND July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans