Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Experience the vibrant, timeless energy of southern California with a walk down Santa Monica Pier. The 100-year-old wooden wharf serves as the area's hub of entertainment and culture. This spot is home to the Pacific Park amusement park, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, an array of shops and eateries, and plenty of street artists. Rent bikes and spend the afternoon exploring the carnival-like atmosphere while enjoying the oceanside scenery. Kids love visiting the Playland Arcade, which has more than 200 games and attractions. The pier also is home to California's only over-water Ferris wheel. For Santa Monica Pier and beyond, use our Santa Monica trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Santa Monica vacation.
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  • Well c is not the prettiest of the Pier, but he keeps a certain charm thanks to this sign or l we just traditional make the picture of the end of our stay as it lasts a week or 6 months, c is the end there are games that make us fall back into childhood or bars to forget that we are not far from the airport and that c is soon back...
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  • Santa Monica is beautiful, such a cool atmosphere around the pier and the beach! The pier is fun to walk on, and see the sights. And it's the end of Route 66, which is cool! A great place to people-wa...  more »
  • Good place to hang out, cozy atmosphere and plenty to do and see. Wonderfully with the beach around and I dom Scandinavian had no problem with bathing in the januari
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  • What's there to say except the pier is awesome! I love all the musicians and artists that add some excentricity to the pier. It's fun just to walk or bike around the pier so it's a great place to come without spending a lot of money. The parking can range from a meter to a valet parking which is not my preferred parking method. There's plenty of activities here for children as well, an arcade and games which you can buy tokens for. It's a good place to spend some time especially for those coming from out of town and looking for food or a nice view in California.
  • We enjoyed strolling around the pier, as the sights were beautiful. The ocean was gorgeous, the beach seemed immaculate. The parking seems pricey for what you get. We enjoyed the shop at the end of the pier showing the historic stopping point for Route 66, which was the whole reason we went.
  • Santa Monica Pier was crowded with people enjoying the unseasonably warm temp. There were many vendors on the pier selling different items making it crowded but a very interesting experiencing. There was a woman singing, a guy playing a small electric violin type thing, someone drawing pictures, a homeless man wanting you to ask him for a joke. The water was cold but people were still enjoying water sports. There were tons of people showing their brawn on muscle beach which was cool to watch. Definitely a cool place to go if you enjoy people watching!
  • Gorgeous pier with amazing views of Santa Monica and the ocean. Many vendors with souvenirs and snacks all of which are surprisingly priced decent. Although it is usually crowded it adds to the experience. Street performers are dancing and singing every 20 yards or so as you make your way down to the end of the pier. Definitely take a walk to the end if you get a chance because this is one of the best places you will ever visit.
  • Been here twice and it's a really neat area. Bring your spouse with you as it's a great little spot to date. Some places to eat nearby and the beach is right beside the pier if you want leave and have a nice little stroll.

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