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Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-458-8900
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As featured in 3 days in Los Angeles
Ranked #14 of 45 attractions in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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berkshire
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107 reviews 107 reviews
36 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

we absolutely loved santa monica pier. The view was amazing.. Lots of different restaurants and fast food places to choose from. Rides for the kids too. The beach here is gorgeous. Can't tell you how much I loved being here

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Los Angeles
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

A bit run down and super crowded with tourists. Theres a carousel and an aquarium but lower your expectations! I am local and would never take my kids there. The little amusement park at the end is ok as well but can get very expensive quickly. There are coupon books with deals for this park as well as Groupon or... More

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McLean, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We loved the Rt. 66 display at the end of the pier. You must also stop in the arcade and play several rounds of air hockey, which is $1 a game and soooo fun. The whole thing is quite a scene.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The heart of Santa Monica is the pier - the end of route 66 and home of the famous ferris wheel! Great views, shopping and food options as well as a family fun fair. We bought a single ride ticket just for the Ferris wheel at dusk and had great views over the sea, beach and muscle beach! A little... More

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Westford, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

If you are close to this and were planning to go to the beach anyway than certainly worth a stop. However, I would consider driving any distance out of your way to get here - there just isn't anything that warrants it. The place certainly has an eclectic group of people milling about. My teenage daughter called the place "sketchy"... More

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San Luis de Sabinillas, Spain
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Lots to do for the whole family, rides and merry-go-round for kids of all ages. Summertime concerts and events, you can still fish off the far end.

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Saratoga Springs, NY
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109 reviews 109 reviews
44 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The pier was perfect for the family. You have your rides, games, shops and views. Best to shell out $7 to ride the Ferris wheel. From there you can see up and down the wide beach and almost to the Hollywood Hills on a clear day. Very clean.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It has to be done if you're in Santa Monica! Very tacky just as you would expect but glad we went to the end. The atmosphere was good though and everyone strolled along. Fun fair, hotdogs, etc.

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mullica hill
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112 reviews 112 reviews
37 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The famous pier was really cool to check out. They have a few rides and other things you would expect on a pier. But it doesn't really compare to the piers in New Jersey.

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Denver, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Loved riding the rides and also just hanging out watching all the different people on the boardwalk. Old School feel and beautiful area

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