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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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Good early evening on week days

Nice vibe on Thursday evening, but crowded and a little seedy on weekend evenings. The fun fair is OK but is expensive if you only want to do the main rides (coaster and big... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I guess it's a must see in Santa Monica. The pier can get a bit crowded. You have to pay for parking. A few places to eat and shop. The sunset is probably the best thing to see from here.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

the Pier is a must see if you have never been , lots of street performers, tourist stuff to buy, stop for lunch at one of the restaurants, step in to the arcade, ride the Ferris wheel or roller coaster, better yet do it all. It's a great place for kids and adults alike, prepare to spend $$$$ if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Nice vibe on Thursday evening, but crowded and a little seedy on weekend evenings. The fun fair is OK but is expensive if you only want to do the main rides (coaster and big wheel).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It's one off those iconic places to visit at Santa Monica, and for little kids, it's great but you only have to see it once. The crowds get out of control and it has been six years between visits and the growing number of homeless people is getting out of control. They never bothered us but it would be nice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Finally got to see the world famous Santa Monica Pier today and stayed here a few hours eating and having a beer. Come early like 10 or 11. By 2 pm it is packed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Spent a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon strolling down the Santa Monica pier. Had something for everybody and the place has a really happy vibe to it. Live music on a sunny afternoon. Doesn't get any better than this!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

great place, watch the seals & fisherman during the day, eat here at night. Albright's & Bubba Gumps great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Pier is great and parking is nice just off the pier itself. Classic end to Route 66. Lots of souvenirs to be had. A nice way to spend a few hours.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My 9 year old son and I spent hours in the arcade. They've got both new games and classics. Totally fun! The staff wasn't very pleasant, the place wasn't clean or neat but it was definitely fun. The patronage on the pier ranged from families with young kids to dude's with blood stained t shirts and puffy lips like they'd... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

It's just like it's shown on television with places to eat and enjoy the beach. There were people playing volleyball, skating, eating, and just enjoying the view of the ocean. Of course, the famous ferris wheel is right on the pier. It's within walking distance of plenty of shopping and places to eat. It was about a half hour drive... More 

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Santa Monica
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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