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Santa Monica Pier

321 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, United States
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  • Santa Monica PierPro 2014
    Hanae
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    4 Jul 11, 2014

    Came here today for a gogobot event! Sad I missed it last year, but super glad they did it this year!

    Every Thursday this summer the pier will have live outdoor music until 10pm. People can show up early and claim a spot, picnic and relax. Booze isn't allowed, you ll see a lot of cops walking around during the day.

    Bathroom line gets horrendous on the pier so find an alternative bathroom.

    Get a big banner or a flag so people can easily find you in the sea of crowd.

    There's limited food booth on the pier and beer garden.

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  • Santa Monica Pier
    Marsha
    5 Mar 22, 2014
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    Schel
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    3 Apr 05, 2014

    Welcome to the pier my frienemies. They have it all here from fun zone rollercoaster and ferris wheel rides to carnival midway games a few restaurants ohhh and occasional summer free concerts!

    Don't plan to park here though as parking is a nightmare most of the time. However the fun for tots and elders makes up for it usually.

    Pro Tip #1: Pier side parking is $15

    The fun zone definitely reminds you of a place like Coney Island or the Newport Beach fun zone on steroids. The rides over the water present a great time for all comers and present an awesome sunset photo op!

    Pro Tip#2: If you park at 3rd St Promenade a few blocks away, the first 1.5 hrs is free and the next hour only costs about $2!

    The proximity of the pier to 3rd Street Promenade allows for a fantastic date night. You can stroll along the beach, pier, and a million restaurants easily. Just make sure you have flip flops or sandals on so you can cruise through the buttresses under the pier as well as walk down its length on a hot day and avoid any splinters as the pier is mostly made out of wood.

    The free concerts during the summer add an extra quality to the location and liven it up with a huge crowd draw. So that can be both good and bad at the same time, just be cognoscente of it when you head down.

    Definitely one of the most fun touristy things to check out in So Cal for locals or tourists...

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    Maggie Langeness
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    5 Jul 26, 2013

    With inexpensive parking nearby, the amusement rides, the fried food and candy, and the endless people watching; the Pier is a great way to spend a day in Southern California. this is a great way to spend a whole day. Enjoy the activities on the pier but don't forget to venture to the town that is filled with wonderful restaurants and shops.

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    Becky Mahan
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    5 Jul 07, 2014

    Tons of dining options, entertainment, rides, and novelty - this place is a carnival and a stip mall all in one. There's no shortage of things to do, and the only drawback is the crowds - worst in summer and on weekends. It's a great outing for the whole family, despite the parking fee.

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    5 Apr 04, 2014
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    Travis Katz
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    4 Apr 05, 2014

    The Santa Monica Pier is a bit of a throwback to another age. It is a full scale amusement park jutting out into the water. The Ferris Wheel offers spectacular views of the coast (especially at sunset). In summer, they offer free concerts every Thursday night. Pack a picnic and some wine, grab a beach blanket and camp out on the sand south of the pier to listen to the music and hang with friends as the sun slips away.

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  • Santa Monica Pier
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    4 Sep 05, 2013

    The Santa Monica Pier is used for so much films and tv productions. It was a great experience to see it in real life!

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    Mary Q.
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    4 Mar 14, 2013

    Not a bad place to wander around and enjoy the scenery. You can make your way down to the beach or just to the end of the pier if you prefer to stay well above water level. There are some games and rides to enjoy if you're so inclined, as well as booths selling merchandise. But of course you don't have to drop any money here and can just enjoy strolling around taking in the sights.

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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Santa Monica Pier reminds me of the Ocean City, MD boardwalk, in miniature. I loved watching all the interesting people!

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    4 Oct 06, 2011
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    4 Apr 27, 2012
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    4 May 22, 2012
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    Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
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    4 May 08, 2012
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    4 Nov 06, 2013

    It's hard to beat a full amusement park with a seaside setting, which is exactly what you'll find at this L.A. landmark. Get an all-day pass if you plan on staying for long, as individual tickets can get expensive pretty quickly.

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    4 Sep 17, 2012

    Arcade games, trapeze lines, and souvenir shops are all present on this pier. Then there is the large amusement park rides and the restaurants on the pier. It is a good place to see the ocean and people watch. There are all kinds of characters and tourists walking about.

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    Eduardo Sasso
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Nice place to hangout on a sunday. The pier is full of turists almost everyday, but it's still a great spot to visit.

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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Like place to walk and enjoy a sunny day!

    If you like arcade games, they have a huge arcade here, so take some coins with you.

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    4 Apr 05, 2014

    Really close to 3rd promenade, good place for kids!

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    4 Oct 01, 2012

    Great place to spend a Saturday and people watch.

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Description

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 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 ... read more
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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