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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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  • great place to hang out, nice restaurants, amazing view. Hidden secret - you can park your car at the pier or at the beach and it is cheaper than at nearby places.  more »
  • Nice views of the ocean, fairly reasonably priced rides and games. Close to nice restaurants and bars. Lots of street artists and very safe, as there is a police station/office right there! a must go ...  more »
  • A bit dated, but still his charm. Nothing very interesting, except some carousel and restaurants rarely visited.
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  • Classic viewpoint to watch the sun go down. It's centrally located in down town Santa Monica and is the iconic end to the famous Route 66. There is staged seating at the end of the pier so you can sit and watch the sun go down. Usually serenaded but a local musician. Currently there is a Mexican restaurant at the end offering some great tasting Mexican delights and a good selection of cocktails - no drinks to leave the restaurant seating area due to licence.
  • Great fun place!! Lots of street performers and artists showing of their talents. Great food available! Rides and carnival games. There were several fisherman at the end of the pier. The surrounding beaches were warm and a lot of fun!
  • The Santa Monica Pier is quite the place. Among the normal things you expect to find such as burger places and shops, the pier also draws in street vendors. Pacific Park was closed when I visited but looked promising. I loved how brightly colored everything was painted. The pier offers a load of great spots to take in the ocean, go fishing, and capture gorgeous pictures of the ocean.
  • Finally while in LA, the temperature was warm enough (80 degrees) so said Santa Monica here I come! Decided to go to the Pier. Lovely place filled with restaurants, a few rides, gift stores and etc. Another great opportunity for photography! Nice scenic place!! I wanted to put my foot in the sand. I can definitely visualize seeing the sunset while holding hands with the significant other.
  • Good place to hangout and walk around. Definitely gets pack with people and have to watch your step as you make your way to the pier. Lots of artists and such on the sides selling goods and people fish offing the end of pier. The rides and games are a bit pricey but still can be fun for some entertainment.