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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  • I loved walking around. We went on a Sunday, many, many people. Maybe not the best to take his time and hang out. Many shops, food outlets and attractions. Very nice.
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  • The first sight of the sign for the pier will have you reaching for your camera. Really cool to see in person. If you go on the weekend don’t be in a hurry because it gets crowded. Worth the walk whic...  more »
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  • This beach is always great to visit! Pier & food are always fun & tasteful respectively. Always have a lot of fun here. The shopping is fun, snacks, all the food option. Just overall great beach! Definitely think Santa Monica has the best pier action around & if you’ve never been here then it’s time to stop waiting & start your great experience here now!!! You will not be disappointed at all!!!
  • Cute pier. Great beach. Lots to do. There's the beach and swimming and boogie boarding or surfing. Then there's the pier with the arcade, rides and games. Plus food. There's an all day pass that is great if you're going to be the all day. Fun in the sun
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