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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 #12 of 44 attractions in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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
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Manama, Bahrain
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

If has an amazing atmosphere and feel to it. Many shacks and souvenir shops scattered all over the pier offering countless cool stuff. You can find street performers, food venders offering candy apples, churros etc. and delicious restaurants with tables overlooking the beach. No matter what you do or not do, a trip to the pier will always be fun... More

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Perth, Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Not sure what I was expecting but I was so excited to visit the iconic Santa Monica pier. It was quite busy, as expected, but it really just didn't excite any of us. We went for a ride on the Ferris wheel which was kind of cool, though the revolutions were the fastest of any wheel I have ever been... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Construction and machines on the pier was annoying. Beautiful views of the ocean though. Neat to see the end of Route 66. I am not sure if I would be racing back to visit the Pier. Seemed like a bit of a tourist trap.

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Santa Monica, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Make sure you plan a visit to the world famous pier and take in the sights. From street performers, Silver Man is a personal favorite, to the roller coaster there are lots of fun things to do for all ages. Be sure to also check out the carousal and an egg cream.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Fun to see once but not that exciting. If you have kids they would like the novelty of going on the rides on the pier. The beach is very wide and long with nice sand. The water is freezing cold.

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Santa Monica, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Too crowded on the weekends. Rides are expensive. Parking is limited and expensive. Better on weekdays

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Nice for a little walk along the pier, expensive to park and nothing much to see, but nice to visit. Toilets are porta-loos.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I live in Santa Monica and never get tired of strolling the SM Pier. Hit it at sunset with the stunning views along the coastline. The solar lights of the ferris wheel begin their magnificent light show. The Pacific Park ferris wheel and roller coaster are local gems and fun for all ages. And when you're ready for food, we've... More

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I live a few blocks north of the Pier, walk there all the time . If Ur visiting, it's a must see. good eats, drinks, rides, games and fun for the whole family .. If Ur visiting in the summer U have to check out the FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ON THE PIER every Wed evening .. Great bands and... More

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Happening place for children and family as well as couples. Fast food joints and third street promenade close by.

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