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This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round and fantastic views of the bay and the mountains.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3126
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So I loved the pier, the history, the vibe, the shops. I just timed it wrong. I went with mates in the morning- mid to late and it was kind of beginning to warm up. If I had chance I’d have preferred to come in...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank GowerD
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Easy walk from our Santa Monica hotel. Great place to enjoy a stroll and people watch. Some interesting free entertainment. You can eat at place on the pier and just enjoy the view and free music. Worth a quick visit.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank dtonucci93
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A visit to LA area is not complete without a walk onto Santa Monica Pier. We didnt go on the big wheel but it's pretty to see lit up at night. Busy night and day and my teenagers said the donuts were particularly nice. Free...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank JaniceD884
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A tourist must see, very picturesque and we have all seen it many times in the movies. I love hiring bikes and riding down to Venice or the other way. I have only been on sunny days which makes it even better, I would imagine...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mo71ey
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Drive down on a Friday afternoon for sunset incredibly busy great for a bit of nostalgia lots of restaurants and a good vibe (would I stay here if on hols in LA ) ? yes I guess but one night sufficient if you wanted a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank theflyingwineman
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not great - A bit of a let down and prices for the individual rides are expensive. A wristband is much more cost effective if you have time. Quirky gift Shop at the end of Route 66 is nice. Sea mist bike rentals underneath near...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank helthea
Reviewed 3 days ago

Can't resist seeing the ocean when I'm nearby -- and took an early morning stroll on the beach and the pier. Delightful calm to welcome the dawn from the pier with the soothing sounds of waves below. Surprised by the number of people sleeping on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BrightBlueStarfish
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My teenage niece really enjoyed the arcade, and with most attractions only 75 cents it was very affordable.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Tessa_Oz
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We decided to visit The famous Santa Monica Pier on our last day in California due to time constraint. Santa Monica Pier you did not disappoint. We parked our car at the shopping mall close by and simply walked down to Santa Monica Pier. There...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank nonanureen
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Pier was long and had restaurants and an amusement park and entertainers here and there. Lots of people all the time. We wanted a sit down breakfast on Friday morning and the Pier offers fast food type breakfast. We ended up going to a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JamieLeman
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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
...More
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nicolesO12PT
September 13, 2019|
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Response from 660rickd | Reviewed this property |
30 minutes or so, depending on traffic and time of day you go.
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nicolesO12PT
August 8, 2019|
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Response from seatowngetawaygirl | Reviewed this property |
Looks like you can buy all-day wristbands: see the pacific park website. They're currently $31.45 (8 and over) and $17.05 (7 and younger).
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CeeCee Winford M
May 27, 2019|
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Costco has a 4 pack for about $100
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