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Santa Monica Pier

321 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, United States
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  • 68%
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  • 62%
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  • 60%
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  • 57%
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  • Santa Monica PierAmbassadorPro 2014
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    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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    Santa Monica Pier is a gorgeous lookout point. We rode bikes there from Venice Beach and hauled them up onto the pier to stroll around. It was a bit cumbersome, but we had fun. I loved the area, but it's PACKED crowded.

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    Merry go round, ferris wheel, skee ball...the pier is a carnival over the ocean. Kids had a
    blast.

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  • Santa Monica Pier

    Just like a Pier should be, lots of atmosphere and fun things for all of the family to do. Walk to the end for the best views back to the beach and boardwalk

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    Great place to go with the kids! Weekends are really crowded, but that is when all the good stuff is open, walk all the way to the end of the pier for a really nice view and good seagull photo ops.

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  • Santa Monica Pier

    A must see and go and have fun. I spent my childhood here. Take your kids- go for a stroll- eat some fish. See a band at Rusty's Surf Ranch...Thursday night FREE concerts int he summer. It's all good fun.

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  • Santa Monica Pier

    Great for kids & adults. Has great kiddie rides, carnival games, cute places to eat, and last but not least.....the Famous Merry-Go-Round where Paul Newman's character worked in the movie "The Sting".

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  • Santa Monica Pier

    The Santa Monica Pier is a great place to take kids for ice cream and for the Ferris Wheels. You can also rent bikes here and ride up and down the boardwalk.

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  • Santa Monica Pier

    The mini carnival offers rides that are great fun for kids ages 3 and up. A solar powered ferris wheel offers a fantastic view of the coastline. Get discounted tickets through the Costco website!

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    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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  • Santa Monica Pier

    Santa Monica Pier is a great place to spend the day, enjoying the miles and miles of bike path, relaxing on the sand, or playing games and enjoying the rides.

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    The Santa Monica pier is an icon of the California coast. Such agin place for people of all ages. Great for one of the always sunny days in Cali.

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    No visit to Santa Monica is complete without a walk on Santa Monica Pier. I actually have yet to ride the iconic ferris wheel, but it's on my to do list. The best time to ride it would be at sunset! The Lobster restaurant is one of my favorite places to dine, and it's located right at the entrance of the pier.

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  • Santa Monica PierPro 2014
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    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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    The pier is a fun place to spend an afternoon. Head out to the ocean (probably cold water unless it's summer) or play carnival games and ride the ferris wheel instead!

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    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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  • Santa Monica Pier

    The famous Santa Monica Pier--roller coasters and rides for all ages in a safe contained environment.

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  • Santa Monica Pier

    I love Santa Monica Pier! I've been going here ever since I was a pre-teen and have appreciated different parts of it based on which point of my life I was in. When I was younger, I loved going to the arcade and the small shops. Now that I'm older, I like going to the different restaurants and bars that they have here. The atmosphere at Santa Monica Pier is very lively. Summertime is definitely exciting here. It gets really crowded, but I like the diversity that I see here. This place is overall really beautiful, especially at night. I love taking pictures here!

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    While dining on Thai food, we had a view of this the entire time. We watched as the sun slowly crept downward during our meal. After packing up the leftovers, we decided to take a look around, burn some calories, and soak up some of the view.

    Just like the promenade, this place was packed...with tourists. So many freakin' people. What was it? The holiday? Some convention? Or maybe it's always like this in LA? I don't know. I live in the OC. This shiz don't happen in OC. No one comes to visit us and I like it that way.

    Anyway..

    It was freezin' fuckin' cold. It was warm just a minute ago by the promenade but suddenly, by the water with the sun going down, it was cold. I was missing my jacket which was in a parking structure far from there. Boo.

    We found a bench. We talked. We caught up on the year. We watched the tourists. We watched the sun go down. It was getting really cold at the point. I was ready to leave but not before taking a photo.

    Overall, it's not bad. It's just crowded. It has the quintessential things that make this place appealing - a boardwalk, a carousel, a gaming place, etc. Nothing that appeals to me. I just wanted to take a picture, to capture that day, and seal the memory. That's all.

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  • Santa Monica PierPro 2014
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    When your along PCH and you need a place to spend the day, this is the place! The pier has so many options from entertainment, to restaurants, you can eat, and enjoy the scenery at the same time. Your also walking distance from 3rd street promenade, which is nice, because as soon as your done with the pier, you can go to the mall, and vise versa. Parking is $8 for general, or you can park at 3rrd street, and walk on up. The weather is usually great, and the walk is enjoyable. Sit back, soak in the waves, and love the sunshine. This is why we pay to live in California.

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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 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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