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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

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Must see · Pier / Boardwalk · Historic Walking Area
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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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  • Beautiful place to just look at the waves, ocean, seabirds and possible seals and dolphins or to go on many of the amusement park rides. The public bathrooms are clean, with toilet paper seat covers....  more
    Beautiful place to just look at the waves, ocean, seabirds and possible seals and dolphins or to go on many of the amusement park rides. The public bathrooms are clean, with toilet paper seat covers....  more »
  • Good scenic place. A lot of activities are available at the place. We had visited in the early morning and outlets were opening at that time. Still good experience. Short term parking is also... 
    Good scenic place. A lot of activities are available at the place. We had visited in the early morning and outlets were opening at that time. Still good experience. Short term parking is also...  more »
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  • Being from the East Coast most of our shore towns have fun piers like this. This was absolutely fun though! The pier is clean and well kept with friendly staff all around. Cute rides and games and the roller-coaster isn't super fast and scary like some other amusement parks. So kids will enjoy it too. Lots of different food choices and amazing views of the ocean. Great spot to watch the sunset.
  • If you love the beach and and an overall good vibe, spending a couple hours walking the Santa Monica pier will definitely leave you in a good mood. The vendors and restaurants are great, the eclectic group of people around you are great for your spirit. I come here every time I'm even remotely close. I've been coming here to just take it all in since I was a teenager. It always fills my emotional gas tank and makes me feel good.

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