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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 #13 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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Manassas, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The pier is famous and has appeared in countless movies/television shows. Other than that if you have been to any boardwalk anywhere its about the same. Nothing special.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I had a blast here with my husband and our baby. It was so exciting to see the last stop on rout 66. The rides on the pier looked fun fun fun. We went early to beat the crowd.

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New York City, New York
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80 reviews 80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Fun place to hang out. You have lots to do here. From the regular beach to the nice amusement park in the board walk. Must see.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Too crowded, too much traffic, too expensive. We sat in traffic for a good hour and a half before getting off the freeway and parking. The lines for rides or games were too long to even bother going on. We just went to the Mexican restaurant at the end of the pier and drank margaritas then left. It is definitely... More

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Toronto
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This vintage pier, home to a roller coaster, ferris wheel, and carousel, although busy is a great place for kids. The pier has it all: seafood restaurants, snack shops, street vendors, fruit stands, street performers, and great scenery (people watching and mountain and views of the bay). The beach itself is not the best as it is very crowded and... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I must say this pier was what I like the most in LA, because it's free , you can only go there and enjoy the sea or you can go to one of the many restaurants or go shopping souvenirs. The most amazing thing about this pier is the amusement park. Really cool!! It's a perfect place for everybody, for... More

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Florence, AL
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Wow, seeing this place is person was absolutely incredible! We rode the ferris wheel and the roller coaster because those two seemed to be the most "famous". They had other rides such as bumper cars and a pirate ship. They also had plenty of shops, vendors, and food kiosks to visit on the pier. We ate at the "Bubba Gump"... More

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Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Not only is there great access to shopping and the pier, but the beach access is fantastic! One of the best beaches this Wisconsin boy has been to, with great panoramic views. My "family" of 36 high school choir students had a great time here.

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Brooklyn, New York
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

While the Pier is nice to stroll around, fish off of, take kids to, the real beauty is in how the Pier ties into the street above, and how you can walk above the traffic to the pedestrian mall. For as car-centric as LA is (and they need to cut down on the cars driving on the ramp), this is... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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