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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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Midlothian, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I have visited Santa Monica Pier on two separate occasions. I found it to be full of fun and family entertainment. I especially enjoyed the Ferris Wheel. The beach was clean and it was fun to finally be able to set foot on the West Coast as well as into The Pacific Ocean.I enjoyed the entertainers on the pier as... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I love Santa Monica pier! There's so much to do & go at sunset to see great views. Parking can get kind of tricky as this a big tourist spot. Take a spin on the Ferris wheel and check out the great restaurants.

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washington, nj
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We took the family to Santa Monica Pier on a Sunday. It was more crowded than NYC, during holiday season. Crowds and crowds of people, every place had huge waits to eat. The Pier only has 8 to 10 rides. Many for little kids. So any of the bigger rides was 45-60 minute wait. I heard Lobster House is great... More

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Copenhagen
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5 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Probably shouldn't have visited the pier on the evening of 4th of July, where it seemed that half of LA had decided to visit. However that can't take focus from the fact that the pier is a tivoli with expensive and not very good food outlets. A tourist trap.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

As expected, loads if tourists. If you can't stand the crowds, this place is usually pretty quiet until about 10.30am. Lunch time, Afternoons and Evenings it is PACKED.

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england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Visited Santa Monica during a days sightseeing in LA. Spent some time on the pier and taking in the sights, also took in the beach and sea which was nice. Managed some lunch from one of the mobile vans on the beach area. Great burrito, and nice area to relax.

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Hueytown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My son and i were visiting for a coup le of days and decided on here as our stop at the beach. We played in the ocean for 2 hours then walked down to the pier. Took it all in. enjoyed The sights, people the pier and the atmosphere!

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Olympia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Been there a few times and each time is the same. oodles and oodles of persons. Wander around and have some dinner, or go sit on the sand down below.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed walking from my hotel in Venice to Santa Monica Pier, I walked there every day and never tired of it. Hiring a bike or a skateboard is also a great idea. My friend and I hired both from a rental place in Venice, it was pretty cheap for a 24 hour rental. I loved the "work out/play equipment"... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

While in LA last week, I had the opportunity to walk Venice Beach and Santa Monica Beach. These are beautiful beaches with soft white sand and wide macadm walkways, with lots of shops, rollerbladers, bikers, runners, and people just strolling along the way. It's cool when you get close to the Santa Monica Pier, with it's ferris wheel and colorful... More

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