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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 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Excellent first time experience during our weekend of the #SU2C event. Lot's to see and do for everyone! We enjoyed a very nice lunch and the sites of the coast are wonderful!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A tourist must do and must see when here. Lots of shops and eateries. Route 66 ends here. We were lucky to see a few seals frolicking amongst the fishermen's rod for fish at the end of the pier!! Beautiful photos to be taken of the pier, of the amusement park, back from the pier towards the beach and the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We went to the pier on our last day in LA. It was nice and had the usual shops and restaurants that you would expect to find on the pier. It had a nice view of the coast that was good for pictures and just looking at. The public bathrooms were also much nicer than expected (but were still public... More

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We, a family of four, on holiday from South Africa, on our first visit to the States, had on our list of things to do, visit the Santa Monica Pier. We've seen it on many american movies and we had to visit. We took two buses from Hollywood, but enjoyed the journey. It was a carnival atmosphere, crowds, street performers,... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The pier looks fantastic and different to most because it's kept really clean and tidy. There are the normal amusements, a big wheel and a roller coaster, there are also plenty of places to eat and drink. The views are amazing.

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Leatherhead, Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

tacky but great. A typical seaside pier thronging with would be singers and small businesses peddling all sorts of things!

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Whitestone, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Parking wasn't too bad, credit card for parking meters was ideal, coins didn't seem to work for me, great beach, bike path, some excersie areas, friendly people. Pricy but great experience just the same, bike path goes to venice beach and you see the difference in atmosphere.

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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This was an excellent day activity with the Beautiful Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. The variety and multiple options for food was appreciated. We even were able to catch the sun setting while on the Ferris wheel. But beware of them pesky Seagulls - one literally scooped in and qaddafied my Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream mid lick - very... More

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Helsinki
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Ok, so it has a few junk-food joints; and it's right on the sea itself (or, is that the pacific ocean; whatever) The point being : not worth the trouble. People there are RUDE and arrogant; the phrase "customer service" obviously means nothing The attractions there are mediocre, at best !!!! But, then, the same has been said a hundred... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

As we are from from the East Coast (Virginia), we were asked (told) by a friend to visit the Pier. I even bought a ball cap from one of the concession stands. Wish we had more time, because the sand and ocean were very enticing. We parked two blocks away, which costs nothing for the first two hours. Parking beside... More

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