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Santa Monica Pier

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Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-458-8900
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, Shopping, Fishing
Description: This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops...
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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Busy but fairly traditional pier

Very busy but then its a popular tourist destination. Really liked the fact that it was a wide pier.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Oxfordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Very busy but then its a popular tourist destination. Really liked the fact that it was a wide pier.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Loved Bubba Gump restaurant, and the quirkiness of the place and people. Heaps of local transport to get buy as cabs are expensive.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Took my gal to the Santa Monica Pier for Valentine's Day and it was a real hit with her. I was able to get discount tickets through my work, so we were able to ride all the rides we wanted, as often as we wanted, for just $40, so we rode everything at least twice. It was quite crowed, but... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Busy, noisy, fast food, fairground rides and souvenirs. If this is for you then the pier is for you. Lovely beach and brilliant sunsets

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

What a terrific place to people-watch. Walked the beach nearby on Memorial Day, and the crowd was very family-friendly, the beach was spotlessly clean, and the pier was a fun thing to walk. Just walking along the quay was wonderful.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a great spot to catch the sunset on the beach an the cliffs in the background. The pier was just ok. Is was very crowded but there were local musicians along the per playing good music.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Such a refreshing place to visit. The sea air is revitalizing. Fun place to people watch and enjoy the entertainment. Little slice of Southern California! Who doesn't like a ferris wheel? This one is unusual in that, the whole family gets in sit in the round, together and get a good look at the whole coast line, to Palos Verde,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We went to the Santa Monica pier when visiting our son and his girl friend who live in the area. When you are visiting the L A area put the pier on your list to visit. Paid parking is close and the pier is safe day or night. Santa Monica police have a mini sub station on the pier. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We had planned to be here for a few hours at least to enjoy the attractions, have some lunch and a stroll around, but there really isn't too much to do here. The amusement park is quite expensive for what it is, half the food stalls were closed so we ended up going to a restaurant off the pier and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We hit the pier early on a beautiful Sunday morning. We took a slow walk down to the end and back, watching families and friends fish off the sides. We had an awesome breakfast at Bubba Gumps and from our table watched the finished set up of Arlington West on the beach, what a moving experience that was. It was... More 

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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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