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Santa Monica Pier

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Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3126
Phone Number: 310-458-8900
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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Fun atmospere in a fancy city, why wouldn't you check it out! Tom Hanks had his fortune told by the same swammy I did.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Mill Creek, Washington
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A popular and essential experience when in Santa Monica. Quite fun, but nothing particularly unique. There are many rides available, we can recommend the big wheel, which offers great views along the beach. There's a limited number of food options, with Bubba Gump's being the main restaurant. We enjoyed the Cookie Monster ice cream - but be aware of the... More 

Thank Tia W
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

so many attractions and shops to see and right next to Venice beach fun for the entire family you would come back for more then just one visit it is the end of route 66 as well.

Thank dudeman4949
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Santa Monica is a must see if you visit LA. The pier itself is nothing special but the crowds and the beach around is a very nice place to be.

Thank Ardian H
Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Apparently it is difficult to think that an open place like this may become so packed. But at twilight, everybody flock in droves to this sort of iconic place in Santa Monica. It bursts at the seams. It isn't worth to bear such a "swarm of tourists", from my point of view.

Thank Elba B
Mill Creek, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fun atmospere in a fancy city, why wouldn't you check it out! Tom Hanks had his fortune told by the same swammy I did.

Thank drewsusa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to go, beginning of Route 66, not to much to do here unless you have children as there is a lot of small rides for them. Bubba gumps is a must do quite pricey though but hey it's a must do, buy a cocktail and keep the glass, good souvenir and there are a few shops along pier... More 

Thank 855machelleh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the tour offered in Las Vegas is a trip to Los Angeles California. The first stop on the Santa Monica Pier. this trip I did with my wife in a rented car. It is a place visited a day like Saturday. We arrived about 11:00 am and was packed. for parking chose the side of the pier. and... More 

Thank Rey R
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

At the end of a 40 minute Metro ride it was a bit of a disappointment to be honest. I was expecting the pier to be a bit old school and charming, it wasn't, it was crowded and tacky.

Thank Helen S
Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It looked like it might have been a fun spot for a family with young children, but not much to interest teens.

Thank Nicola S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is small but beautiful! there are some restaurants and the view for the sea is nice! You can see some sea lions swimming :)

Thank Emilly D

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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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