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Santa Monica Pier

Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: 310-458-8900
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Ranked #10 of 37 Attractions in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, 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: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, 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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River Grove, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

I know, I know! I should expect crowded, but it was honestly so crowded as to not be enjoyable. If you're a first time tourist to LA, this is something you should check out just because of it's place in the history of the LA area, but I wouldn't devote a whole day to it (maybe a bit more time... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Look at the historic pictures and history at the end,almost.of the Pier.The sunsets are usually spectacular bit we had no such luck this time around,the wind came cold from the Pacific suddenly and we later heard a storm was on the way,but it wasnt that cold but a jacket was required.There are restaurants and games and its pretty fun there.Venice... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I mean its a nice place to visit. We were expecting the rides to be a lot better, the roller coaster lasted about 10 seconds and is not thrilling. the view on the ferris wheel is really beautiful. I would recommend a wrist band unless you are going on 4 rides minimum as each ride is $6

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Alexandria, Virginia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This is a fun activity to do if you are in the Santa Monica area. The pier has restaurants, games, photobooths, and just a good place if you want to take a nice stroll along the water. When we went it was FREEZING, but we still enjoyed our time here!

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Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Despite being December, it was a relatively warm evening so I decided to explore the pier and surrounds. Loved it. Ate fish and chips wandered about watched people doing their thing at the trapeze school, checked out the stalls, the historical photos, took photos of the sunset and listened to the buskers. Another guy showed off his talent for walking... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The pier has a lot of things to do but the rides are okay i like the dragon ride that is pretty much the best ride there. The view is great but I do not like getting in that beach it has to much seaweed. But over all fun experience they have volley ball courts, bathrooms and live entertainment at... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Love this placee, so much to look at and do, plenty of places to eat and if you're up to it you can go on the roller coaster or ferris wheel. An iconic place that is well worth the visit.

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Vancouver, Canada
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I've been to a few piers here and there and expected that Santa Monica's would be one of the best and was a bit disappointed. There were plenty of rides, and we did go on the carousel but there was nothing that really stood out. I found there to be a lack of food, and overall lack of interesting shops.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We parked a little way north of the pier. There were no trees or shade walking around which was a bit disappointing. We saw concrete, cars, an expanse of sand and expensive tourist-trap type cafe's and restaurants. It was nice looking out at the end of the pier, and we got to see a tv show being filmed ('Stalker').

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Fergus, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Not what i imagined ! very busy and reminded me of Blackpool pier in England with ferris wheel and tacky swag shops.

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