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Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone Number: +1 310-458-8900
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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Beautiful Place

The beach was beautiful with amazing views from the pier. There are some good little shops and places for food. My favorite was the sea lion sunning himself and the dolphins... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Hockley, Texas
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Burbank, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Of course one of your major tourist spots, can be crowded at times. Still a "must see" when visiting the area. All times of the day, any time if the year...

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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Take a stroll down and check out live music or vendors selling knick knaks. Read about the history of the place on boards posted around or just enjoy the view from the top deck. Rides are great fun as well. Totally different experience during the day and by night so make sure to visit twice.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What an great place to spend the afternoon/ night. Enjoyed the sights, rides and food. It's a must do if you are travelling and are in the area.

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Hockley, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The beach was beautiful with amazing views from the pier. There are some good little shops and places for food. My favorite was the sea lion sunning himself and the dolphins jumping not too far out.

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South Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I grew up in LA and so I remember what the pier looked like before the amusement park. So visiting it the other day with my daughters, was very nice, unique, nostalgic and overall amazing. They loved getting on the ferris wheel, roller coaster and other rides. The old school arcade is still very nostalgic of what arcades used to... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What an awesome time. Night or day. Tons of stuff to do. Street performers were awesome. Bubba Gump Shrimp was awesome. Our kids had a blast. Great ocean view!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was very busy on our trip this time over labor day weekend, the sun was shining and there was plenty of people enjoying themselves. Good for a stroll and an ice cream by the beach

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love going here spontaneously! Cute area with vibrant people! There is lots to do and see and we're not even talking about the beach yet.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tourist attraction you actually can park on pier. I tried the big wheel which kind of scary if you don't like heights. This pier was used in filing of The Lost Boys and the original Zoltar used in the film Big is there also. There's quite performers on the pier I'll leave for you to decide.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited Santa Monica as a day trip while visiting LA. It's a lovely beach-side location with lots of shops and attractions. We think it's HEAPS better than Venice.

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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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