Santa Monica Pier
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 68%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 66%Local Culture
- 62%Adventure Travelers
- 60%Budget Travelers
- 57%History Buffs
- 56%Nightlife Lovers
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- Santa Monica PierAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackers+ 2
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.Recommended for:
- Santa Monica PierMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4
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.Recommended for:
- Santa Monica PierMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily TravelersFoodies
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.Recommended for:
- Santa Monica PierMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5
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.Recommended for:
- Santa Monica PierMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7
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...Recommended for:
- Santa Monica Pier
- Santa Monica PierMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9
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.
- 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!
- Santa Monica PierMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2
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.
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.
- Santa Monica PierMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4
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.