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Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

591 reviews
Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Entertainment, Beach, Popular
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  • 8.0
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  • 7.6
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  • 6.2
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321 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, United States
(310) 434-0066
http://www.santamonicapier.org/
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The iconic image of beautiful Santa Monica is undoubtedly the Santa Monica Pier. The pier carries a rich history and has housed many attractions. Currently, it is home to Pacific Park, an amusement ... Read more
park with requisite Ferris wheel, the Santa Monica Aquarium, multiple restaurants and a still-functioning carousel dating to the 1920s. It has been featured in many movies and television programs and is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. A sort of cultural center, the pier plays host to summer concert series’ and experimental art events, namely the bi-annual Glow festival. Come for the fun and stay for one of the best sunset views around.

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Buenos Aires

I walked along the pier. Honestly, I felt like I was missing out something. But I did ride the West Coaster ride and that was fun. I think the most interesting thing for me about the pier was view and the fact that Route 66 ends there. Maybe I should have eaten something over there.

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Great for kids and young adults. Don't go at night if possible. The crowd is a little more diverse at night. Take a ride on the iconic ferris wheel. Have a funnel cake and play some old fashioned carnival games.

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Prince George

Watching the sun set on the pier was breathtaking, with locals playing music. I was lucky to go on a day not too busy, but all the stands with artwork are really worth their buck! The food was delish and the beach was warm. All the shopping before the pier is busy too and places like converse have art out of shoes on the wall! Plus street performers had me stop in my steps and enjoy the moment!!

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Local from Los Angeles

Historic Santa Monica Pier is a great way to see the Pacific Ocean. Great food too!

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Los Altos

Fun place for friends or families to hang out. It was nice to go on a couple rides and chill on the beach.

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San Diego

A lot of rides and attractions, restaurants, entertainment, etc. Parking nearby. Boardwalk path is very convenient.

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San Diego

So much fun to visit this iconic pier, especially in the warm summer months when there are lots of people enjoying beautiful California.

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Rancho Cucamonga

A touristy place, but a great area to take pictures and walk along the ocean. It's also a must-do to ride the Ferris wheel to take in the breathtaking views.

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Longmont

I just visited the pier for the first time: in fact this was the first place where I saw the Pacific ocean. I felt an odd mixture of wonder and nostalgia because it reminded me very much of the board walks on the Jersey shore as well as all the movies scenes set here. Santa Monica Pier has a definite quaint charm. At night you can watch fisherman catching lobster with rod and reel.

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Hemet

So many exciting things to see. It's a carnival on the pier. Can't get any better than that!

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Saint Helens

Amazing I had lots of fun with family and friends. I really enjoyed my time at this place

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Turkey

Good to see but not to expect highly. It is ordinary pier as others around the LA. Downtown is good for shopping and eating.

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Westmont

Love it! From afar or.thr views it offers...it's a must viait on any trip to LA

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Lewiston

It was an amazing adventure. The roller coaster was pretty fun, and the food was delicious. This is a must see pier.

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Orange

It’s a nice place to go to have fun with the family. There’s food and rides as well as singers. And beach!

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Pittsburgh

This place is great! From food to a tattoo, you can get it ALL at the pier. I especially love the fun bike ride display close to everyone leaving and the beach shutting down for the night. Or that I can get a shirt made on the spot!

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Local from Van Nuys

Great place for people of all ages! Tons of stuff to see and do! Definitely have to check out the aquarium under the pier! Oh don't forget about all the food and rides!

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Menlo Park

The pier is fun to hang out on and get some food. Take it down to the beach and hang out with your friends though the beach is a little dirty compared to the other ones in LA.

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Pretoria

Nice view and great vibe but can get busy and restaurants overflow. Pre book dinner. Take flip flops or sandals and walk the beach barefoot to Venice.

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World-famous pier with all sorts of interesting people, large ferris wheel, fishing, photo opportunities, and a variety of restaurants. It's a place to see and be seen.

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