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Santa Monica Pier

321 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, United States
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  • Santa Monica PierAmbassadorPro 2014
    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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    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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    Kim & David G
    5 Apr 16, 2014
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    Olivier Pasco
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    3 Apr 08, 2014

    An amusement park on the beach in Southern California. What else is there to say?

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    5 May 27, 2014

    If you're ever in Santa Monica this is the touristy thing to do, but a must-do. Great to walk along the pier and enjoy the California sunshine and nice views.

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  • Santa Monica Pier
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    5 Apr 04, 2014
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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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  • Santa Monica Pier
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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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    4 Feb 07, 2014
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  • Santa Monica PierPro 2014
    Richard
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    3 Dec 09, 2013

    Pro:
    + Lots of stuff in the Pier.
    + Street performer is common here.
    + Good view and there is pretty of seats nearby.

    Con:
    - Too crowded even in the weekday.
    - Expensive to park and eat around the area.
    - A bit dirty due to high volume of crowd.

    This is probably the most popular beach in L.A., but reality is mostly tourism come here the most, local usually goes to smaller beach like Malibu and Manhattan or down to O.C. Is a big beach and the pier has just about anything that can fit in there.
    Is more idea for kids and for visitor then for locals?

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  • Santa Monica Pier
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    5 Jul 27, 2014

    Known as the Western Point of Route 66 - the historic roadway that starts in Chicago, Santa Monica Pier bustles with activities and thrilling rides. Come here for a ride on the Ferris Wheel, a free summer night concert, or to simply enjoy the view of the Pacific.

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    4 Jul 21, 2014

    Yes it's touristy, but it's the thing to do in Santa Monica. The Ferris wheel ride is fun for all ages. It's a great place to get some vitamin D.

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    Ryan Windsor (Reserve123)
    5 Jul 07, 2014

    The Santa Monica Pier is a fun place to visit with groups of all ages. There is something for everybody from the rides to the funnel cakes. This is more of a carnival setting on the beach, with plenty of boardwalk to enjoy when you are ready to explore the area further.

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    Manuelle and Larry
    5 Jun 12, 2014

    Always wonderful for a day of old fashioned entertainment. Don't forget to ride the historic carousel for $1.50 per ride. Adults allowed and encouraged!

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    3 Jun 05, 2014

    The Santa Monica Pier, such an iconic piece of the Greater LA area, but not much else. The pier is severely overcrowded, I recommend Venice Beach a little further south, or one of the other many attractions LA has to offer.

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    2 May 25, 2014

    Want to go swim or tan at the beach? Go to Hermosa or Manhattan.
    Looking for photo opportunities at the beach? Go to Venice.
    Came here for the rides? Go to Six Flags.

    We strolled through here on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon to find the pier mostly deserted and the mini amusement park in need of a face-lift. It is a better idea to pay for individual rides versus buying a unlimited rides wristband for $22.50. Luckily for us, a few locals gave us wristbands they no longer needed, so we went on a few rides. Even with the free wristband and non-existant rides we decided only the ferris wheel, mini roller coaster, and bumper cars were worth going on.

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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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    3 Jul 11, 2014

    Great for a stroll. There are some amusement rides and carousel for younger kids. Lots of street performers.

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    Jaak Treiman
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    3 Mar 02, 2014

    The pier has gone through several incarnations. The current pier retains a vestige of its history with the still functioning 1916 Loof Carousel and its fifty-six, hand carved, wooden horses. This was the "Chicago Carousel" seen in the movie The Sting. The pier and the carousel have also been the location for numerous other movies including Inside Daisy Clover and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

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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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