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.
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  • A cozy Pier with food and things for tourists! Great to wander around and hear is even Forrest Gump partially recorded!
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  • Lovely weather and nice day to visit the Pier. Super views. Super atmosphere. Pleasurable relaxing outing with lots to see, hear and take in on the visit  more »
  • Was very nice to walk along the pier they have a few restaurant to enjoy the view while eating we took some nice photos, you will find all kinds of entertainment and talent, is well worth a visit  more »
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  • We visited Santa Monica Pier while vacationing from Minnesota. Our daughter had a wonderful time riding the rides with her unlimited rides wristband. The wristband was less than $20 and she had a blast! She really liked the bumper "cars" as evidenced by her getting in line repeatedly to ride again and again. The breeze from the ocean was relaxing and refreshing. The scenery was warm and inviting and we really enjoyed people watching and wave watching. Cheaper than Disneyland and less time waiting in lines!!
  • My experience here for the first time was incredible. I came here from Ohio. Great atmosphere, crowded with people from all over the world, fun activities for the kids, live music and bands. This is a place you will never get bored. Meet new people. Try their funnel cakes. It's very delicious and big. May be the best funnel cake I ever had. Also check out a guy who sits and draw pictures of people. He will draw a picture of you or your family for a reasonable price. He drew me and my fiance.
  • This is one of the most beautiful piers in California. Very relaxing atmosphere. Great for family fun. Games & rides for children. A variety of live music throughout the pier. Many places to eat. It is very crowded with people from all over the world. Pretty beach.
  • The pier was a great place to spend time! There were amazing rides and had a view of the ocean from each angle. I liked the Ferris wheel and roller coaster the most since you had the amazing views and the light breeze from the ocean. It was a bit dirty and the bathrooms were not well kept up with. On the other hand, there were a lot of restaurants and a gift shop. Pier burger had great burgers and fries! It was a great way to spend the day.
  • For the space they have to work with, I feel that they did the best they could. This would be a good place for families and couple's to come by which is a weird combination, I know but it has that lightness to it in my opinion. There's an unlimited ride pass that gets you on any ride EXCEPT the new gyro ride. Which but definition isn't unlimited on the pier. That would be my only complaint. Service is decent and lines weren't even a 10 minute wait when I went on a Sunday night. Hope this helped. I'd give it a 4.5 stars if I could.
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