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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Categories: Piers & Boardwalks, Historic Walking Areas, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 9,500+ reviews on the web
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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  • It's the end of route 66. It's mythical. It is really nice to walk around. It is quite what expected. Lunch or a drink at the Mexican restaurant at the end of the pier is very nice. An open mall is located 2 blocks from the pier. A ride on the High Street, gives a magnificent view of the beaches.
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  • Can't really give this a miss. It marks the end of Route 66 and offers a great view toward Malibu and Venice Beach. You can actually drive onto the pier and park but I would strongly suggest otherwise...  read more »
  • Loved the area of Santa Monica, if I ever get back to California, I would love to stay there. You have to go to the Santa Monica Pier if you're in the LA area. It's as expected - big, crowded with a l...  read more »
  • Nice beach and bike path. Traffic and parking is a cluster on the regular, so don't expect to get here or go home quick. Also, avoid buying food or anything really on the pier. Walk to the mall or one block to 3rd Street. There are good restaurants in the area - use Yelp.
  • I met my best friend here. I'll never forget. It's a great story really. If you want to read my story of how me and my best friend met, you can find the book I wrote at Barnes and Noble. Just go to the counter and ask where you can find: "How my best friend and I met".
  • It was beautiful to see the Pacific for the first time. I'm from Cleveland, OH so it was surreal. However, this Pokémon nonsense almost completely ruined my experience. You people are the worst. A wave of nerds in full sprint like a flock of sheep headed to the slaughter. You're worse people than the Nazis were.
  • I have been visiting the Santa Monica Pier since I was a small boy. It has been improved over the years and has attracted larger and larger crowds. If you do not like crowds, go on a weekday morning. The views are wonderful. It is very much a tourist hot spot and the quality of the food is not great here. There are rides for the kids. I highly recommend the Carousel at the start of the pier, especially if you have young children. It makes for a beautiful memory and you can take great photographs there.
  • The pier is beautiful at sunset and their are a bunch of different for offerings. Their are rides for the kids as well and performs with great acts! Highly recommend coming out here at least once if you are visiting!
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