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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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  • There's so much to do at the pier, there's always buskers whether they are musicians or performers. There's places to eat, there's rides and an arcade for the kids, heaps of little shops and stalls... 
    There's so much to do at the pier, there's always buskers whether they are musicians or performers. There's places to eat, there's rides and an arcade for the kids, heaps of little shops and stalls...  more »
  • As a fan of the movie "Big" (Tom Hanks), I loved that there was a Zoltar machine on the boardwalk. The flying advertisements and the lifeguard huts (this is actually where they filmed Baywatch, I... 
    As a fan of the movie "Big" (Tom Hanks), I loved that there was a Zoltar machine on the boardwalk. The flying advertisements and the lifeguard huts (this is actually where they filmed Baywatch, I...  more »
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  • Really nice pier. Very clean and the shops sell really nice trinkets. A lot of great places to eat. The small amusement park is a fun time as well. it is expensive though so keep that in mind. The coaster is surprisingly fast and exciting. The historical posters they have up are pretty fascinating as well. I enjoyed learning about the park.
  • 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.

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