Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
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This hundred-year-old wooden pier offers superb views of the bay and the surrounding mountains. Catch the sunset from the fishing platform at the farther end of pier, though be warned, it can get pretty busy at the height of summer. As one of the most famous wharfs in the L.A. area, there are plenty of eateries, souvenir shops, street performers and things to do—don't miss the adjoining amusement park, which features a giant Ferris wheel, a high-tech arcade, and other thrilling rides. You can visit Santa Monica Pier, along with L.A.’s other iconic spots such as Beverly Hills and Hollywood on a guided tour. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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 coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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  • Sydney
    Saint Louis, Missouri211 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded But Fun
    Obviously you have to check out the pier if you're in Santa Monica. It is really crowded, but finding garage parking nearby wasn't all that difficult. The only issue is that you're standing shoulder to shoulder with people on the pier, especially when entering. We had ice cream on the pier, watched people play some arcade games, and then walked around on the beach. Fun overall, but it is very touristy.
    Visited July 2022
    Written March 9, 2023
  • The World is My Oyster
    Orlando, Florida19,602 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for teens!
    Took a group of 40 students there, and they all had a great time! The weather wasn't the best, but they made the most out of it. There are plenty of eateries, including Bubba Gump, as well as gift shops and a ton of cool rides!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written March 11, 2023
  • Batch
    Wallasey, United Kingdom135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa Monica walk a mile :)
    We visited last year 2022, put your walking trainers on because it is a walk to the pier. It was a fantastic sunny day at the pier, the views are amazing. The shops are exspencive but it's santa monica. There was a lot to see and alot to do. So many Places to eat seemed nice . 👍 looked very packed . We seen a few acts on the pier wich were entertaining. All and all a great day out . There are people who will take you along the pier on bikes . You can rent a bike , or rent a surf board. Remember to rest and enjoy.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2023
  • its5oclocksumwhere
    Derry, New Hampshire422 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Photo Stop
    I was here years ago and brought my family this visit. Wow, a lot changed in those years. We were underwhelmed. We paid $15 to park and stayed a total of maybe 30 minutes. I'm thinking timing is everything? We must have gone too early. Nothing was active or hopping and I was disappointed there was no beach access.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 28, 2023
  • Edsalldw
    Ellsworth, Maine339 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gone down hill but great diner
    Much dirtier than 30 years ago. The Mexican yellow restaurant at the very end of the pier had the best enchilada and flan and black beans I have ever had. $65 for lunch including tip. Way better than Polly’s Pies by the Nixon Library Not crowded of a foggy day
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 4, 2023
  • John B
    Chepstow, United Kingdom86 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing Santa Monica
    Slightly disappointed with the Santa Monica experience! Loads of homeless sleeping and lying around the area! Pier is worth a visit. We stayed in hotel near the pier but didn’t feel safe to walk around when dark!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Tammy W
    Kerrville, Texas109 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see if in the area
    I enjoyed visiting the Pier and the views. We were there on 2 separate days one of which was a weekend. It is much busier and more crowded on the weekend but there was some really cool entertainment there as well. I was a little disappointed in the amount of casual eating options but then again wasn't really looking to eat there.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Johnny-Glenda P
    Mount Holly, North Carolina57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Last Stop on Route 66
    This was the last stop on our Route 66 trip and it was great! The crowds were not too bad. We rode the Ferris Wheel and had a hot dog! There were so many people to see. The shops were fun and we really enjoyed our time.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Marcus Baso
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun location for families!
    Love Santa Monica pier went here with my kids and had a great time lots of activities and food options and the weather was amazing. Recommend bringing a sweater at night. It can get kind of cold.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • llam56
    Las Vegas, Nevada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved Santa Monica Pier
    We walked to the end of the pier. The weather was fabulous the ocean can be so mesmerizing. We stopped at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and enjoyed cocktails and a snack. Road some of the rides. Walked down on the beach along the water. Picked up some sea shells. Great experience. Would highly recommend.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
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Michael B
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Santa Monica pier is iconic and well worth spending some time there. Especially if you have a long layover at LAX. We had some 12 hours to kill on the way back to Australia and it was easy to come out of LAX and get an uber over to the pier. The streets around are also very nice and we had an excellent modern mexican meal looking out over the beach and the pier. The pier is a classic old style amusement park - perfect for killing a bit of time and having fun. And then it's also easy access to the beach where you can have a nice walk, take a swim or go to a playground.
Written February 26, 2024
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
It is a quite vibrant place and it should be on the list to go. The pier is historic and the most popular pier on Los Angeles beaches, so it is relatively the most crowded one.
Written January 31, 2024
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Sue G
San Francisco, CA3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Had a great time here even though the weather was a little cold. Crowds were not bad at all. We will definitely be back in the warmer weather!
Written January 23, 2024
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Aimee Z
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
There are a lot of people on the beach on weekends, and the wind is a bit strong, so I mainly wear less clothes, haha, I’m not as physically fit as foreigners, but there are some people wearing hoodies. Soak up the sun on the beach or take a dip in the sea. A very comfortable afternoon. The performances on the plank road are very lively!
Written January 20, 2024
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Angelloyd
Sydney, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We visited Santa Monica Pier in January 2024. It was nice to wander around and take in the sights of this old structure. We went back at sundown and rode the Ferris wheel from which we saw a beautiful sunset. The roller coaster was also fun.
Written January 10, 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand762 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Definitely a must to visit if you’re in Santa Monica, but very very touristy. Worth having a wander around, but not much else.
Written January 6, 2024
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Timo van den Berg
Overtornea, Sweden50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
A great place with absolutely everything to offer. Great food, great souvenirs, great games and acts, and a great atmosphere around. This is an amazing place to spend some hours.
Written January 3, 2024
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jaseaton
Silver Spring, MD2,622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We were looking for something quintessentially LA to do, and by the time we'd discussed all the alternatives, going to the Pier was the only one still open. It was chilly, especially with the brisk wind, but the cold did nothing to dent the enthusiasm of the huge crowds. We loved the surf, the sunset, the funnel cakes, the people watching. The funnel cakes were actually a hoot, as the powdered sugar on top blew all over us in the wind, making us look like we had small dabs of cotton all over our clothes. A perfect people- watching adventure.
Written January 3, 2024
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themaddog74
England299 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We found $12 per ride very overpriced, but visiting Santa Monica Pier is a must. As well as the pier, there were alot of very interesting people at the pier.

Everything was clean and in working condition. There are also places to eat at Santa Monica Pier.
Written December 21, 2023
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FarAway49905234276
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We visited Santa Monica Pier as this really is a mandatory place to visit when in the Los Angeles area. We rode on the roller coaster and our children rode on the Ferris Wheel. The prices for the rides were a rip off to be honest, but then so are the goldolas in Venice, but they're things you just have to do.

There were alot of very interesting people on the pier.
Written December 18, 2023
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