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Santa Monica Pier

Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)
Phone Number: 310-458-8900
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Ranked #5 of 106 things to do in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Piers & boardwalks, Landmarks & points of interest, Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Dining, Shopping, Fishing
Fee: No
Owner description: This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries...
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Type: Piers & boardwalks, Landmarks & points of interest, Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Dining, Shopping, Fishing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Santa Monica, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I love the pier. There are cool stores, cute restaurants, and a small, friendly theme park there. There are also a lot of performers and food stands. Of course, everything's a bit overpriced, but that's to be expected. I really love the events Santa Monica Pier has. Last summer I went to the weekly concerts they organized. It was amazing.... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Pier was one of my favorite places! Even if you're not buying anything. Just walking around is really nice, you get a nice view and its really relaxing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Spend at least a half day doing the rides, games & eats at this pier. Lines will be long, so consider going early. It is such a gas & has great views.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

OK, first, I'm a mature traveler who loves museums. I have never had kids, but I was traveling with nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nieces. They'd put up with my museum, so I wanted to do something they would enjoy. It didn't turn out as I planned and they didn't love it. If I was a teenager out with... More 

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Hong Kong Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Every single photo that my friend and I took there was beautiful. We had a little walk down the pier right before I had to leave for the airport, so we were a little rushed but non the less I will be returning for sure. The seagulls, are huge and it kind of looked too friendly with people, probably in... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Even though it was January, my friend and I had a great time on a sunny day walking around the pier. Musicians, craft booths, eating places all added to the atmosphere. Great place to take pictures of the shoreline, too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This is a must if you have never been to Santa Monica. The pier is the start of the human spectacle show and it runs south down the boardwalk through Venice past muscle beach. The iconic freakshow of LA. It reminds me of walk through La Rumbla in Spain. Fun rides for smaller kids and teenagers. Arcades, rides, food, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

After a great 2600 mile adventure front Chicago,our Route 66 finish line was here at the pier.Great friendly place with plenty to do,loved it only wished we had longer.Feel the need to return.

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Franklinville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The beach was great and clean. Water was freezing though. There are rides and performers and lots of stores. We ate at an Italian restaurant on the pier and it was delicious.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

than Venice Beach Boardwalk. We visited at night so we didn't get a chance to see all the rides and the surroundings. It was cold and we were tired. However, there seemed like a lot to do and would be worth visiting again.

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