Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica Pier
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Piers & Boardwalks
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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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The area
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Neighborhood: 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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Shenelle_dior
Dallas, TX38 contributions
Nice beach
Sep 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed walking this pier and beach. It was alot of things to do on the pier with numerous different restaurants also. We tried to ride the scooters and paid money but found out they are not allowed on the beach. Well why were they there?
Written September 25, 2021
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CHRIS L
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK429 contributions
fun fun fun
Sep 2021
wonderful place to hang out with friends or solo! lots to do from rides to the beach to shopping.
the beach was very nice not crowded in sept, nice beach with lifegaurds!

the peir has lots of rides and food and shopping, BUT is very crowded all the time, some people wearing mask some not!

great place to visit in santa monica, plus you can get a hop on hop off bus to anywhere from here.
Written September 24, 2021
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Ed B
2 contributions
Terrible
Sep 2021 • Couples
I was really excited to visit the pier. Earlier in the week we went to the Santa Cruz pier but the amusement park was closed. We had a nice lunch and continued down the coast. We arrived at the pier around 6:00 P.M . The first thing we encountered was the smell of marijuana. I know it’s legal but I think it cheapens the experience. The beach was dirty and there were severely mentally ill homeless people everywhere. Added to the mix was a lady playing Alex Jones on a big radio. Across from her there were people preaching the end of the world. Most people seemed oblivious to what was going on amongst them. I commented to my wife that it felt like a scene from a movie portraying the end of times. We stayed for a half hour. California has a really bad homeless problem that I don’t see mentioned in reviews. They should be ashamed of themselves for letting it get this bad. I wouldn’t bring children within a mile of this place.
Written September 19, 2021
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Hans
Los Angeles, CA239 contributions
Fun in the sun with family
Aug 2021 • Couples
Had family from out of town visiting us. It was fun but a little pricey. Went during the week to avoid the crowds. I would recommend it for tourist to get a feel of the landmark.
Written September 11, 2021
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gheartgemini
Chicago, IL209 contributions
Pier fun
Sep 2021 • Friends
Great views and lots of vendors for shopping or small souvenirs… Lots of entertainment along the pier. The view of the mountains and ocean combines are breath taking
Written September 8, 2021
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TravelingDavid613
New York City, NY170 contributions
Avoid this Pier
Aug 2021
The views from the Pier are amazing. Everything else is gross. The area is filled with homeless people and the lowest class of people. Peddlers on the pier try to see their trinkets. Really gross. Not at all worth going to. Avoid the area - felt very unsafe
Written September 6, 2021
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Angela Turner
Amarillo, TX844 contributions
Best beach experience
Sep 2021 • Solo
Best beach experience ever. Love the atmosphere. Tons to see and do. Lots of food choices. If in the area a must see! Rides for kids and adults.
Written September 5, 2021
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Avery397
DeSoto, TX574 contributions
Sunny Santa Monica
Sep 2021 • Couples
Made our way to Santa Monica Pier for some sun and surf. Great experience. Fun people watching, good food and entertaining music, song, and dance. A definite must when visiting LA area.
Written September 5, 2021
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Outdoorsman2018
Montgomery, AL10 contributions
Would definitely go back
Sep 2021 • Couples
Very interesting place! The wooden pier has a great, old-fashioned feel to it. The place also has a great carnival feel to it with the roller coaster and ferris wheel. The smell of the carnival food just brings you back to a simpler time. Of course, the massive crowds will jolt you back to reality, but this is still definitely worth your time. I’ll admit my ignorance that I didn’t realize Santa Monica marks the western terminus of Route 66, but there are plenty of souvenir shops willing to sell you a refrigerator magnet or a plethora of T-shirts and other items to remind you of where Route 66 ends (and yes, we donated to the local economy). We also had dinner at The Lobster restaurant located at the entrance to the pier, and it was also worthy of plugging here. We had a great seat for a fantastic sunset view, paralleled by the great food. All in all, a very enjoyable afternoon/evening at a famous landmark.
Written September 3, 2021
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DoxieGal58
Miami, FL203 contributions
Touristy and quirky
Aug 2021
It helps to know you're entering a very tourist focused area. Enjoy it for what it is. There are several shops and restaurants, and the amusement park. We strolled here twice - once early on a clear morning. It was relatively clean and enjoyable. There were few visitors and we watched the fishermen at the end of the pier. We returned at a busier time and found it less enjoyable due to the crowds and the larger number of vendors occupying the pier. While the pier is kept clean, the bridge connecting it to Ocean Avenue was dirty and with a number of panhandlers.
Written August 31, 2021
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