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“Good fun !” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-458-8900
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Ranked #9 of 37 Attractions in Santa Monica
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Dining, Shopping, Fishing
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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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“Good fun !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Santa Monica and its Pier has to be included as a visit when in the area. So much to do for adults and children alike. A really lovely place with rides, food outlets, street entertainers, wildlife and lots of sunshine. The Aquarium is more geared up for children but they will love it. Would recommend visiting SM Pier as well as the beach, the shops, the atmosphere ... All amazing.

Visited September 2012
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“For Kids of All Ages”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Ok, so it's the Santa Monica Pier... a co-star in dozens of movies.. what you see is what you get - big ferris wheel, the kinds of restaurants you would expect, the kinds of games you would find at any amusement park (and never win at) and the opportunity to spend lots of $$$$ on video games and rides for the kids. On the other hand, where else are you going to go for as funnel cake of a Friday night?

Visited September 2012
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“So much to do”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

My husband, 4 year old daughter and I loved Santa Monica Pier. We enjoyed the Carousel, restaurants, shops, and the atmosphere in general. After a walk on the pier, we took to playing on the beach. I would definitely go back! We had a blast.

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“Sights & Sounds, Smiles galore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Liked the memorial tribute to those lost to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, entitled "Arlington West" being that I currently serve in the Navy as a corpsman. The photo wall put an up close perspective on some of the events and casualties we do not usually see in mainstream media because it is sad or disheartening. Enjoyed the magic show by Mr. Max at the pier. Great spot to take photos, exercise or just chill.
Only downsides might be the crowds and when you walk stay off the bike lanes or people will yell or ring their bell @ you- lol.

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“Not for us”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

For a first trip to Santa Monica this is a must, to say you walked on the pier. Having been there several times, it is an absolute miss for us. Very touristy and a tad tacky. Sorry

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