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“Not amazing but I recommend it”
Review of Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier
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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
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We went early and the area was not crowded. Overall it was far from amazing but if in the area, I wouldn't hesitate to visit again. $12.00 parking, free entry onto the pier. We didn't eat meals or ride rides on the Santa Monica Pier but we had Dipping Dots, Icee, while strolling, shopping, and watching the children play games. Bathrooms were clean. Boat pulling parachute over the beach and man with snakes selling photo opportunities at entry. Not certain the "Do Not Enter" entry that will slice all tires is adequately marked so pay close attention to signage.

1  Thank 457LisaC
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

It's like a county fair but without the livestock: junk food, Ferris wheel and large crowds. The traffic and crowds on the weekend were challenge.

1  Thank FES
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Overrun with tacky tourist stalls - one walk down it was enough. Much nicer to wander along the beach, down to Muscle Beach and look up at the pier and take photos - on the actual pier is a bit average.

Thank Number9NZ
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This was a nice leisurely stroll on the pier with your loved one(s). Enjoy the beach or just the scenery. There's plenty of food & drink options.
We especially enjoyed the cinnamon almonds! They were nice and warm - SO good! There's plenty of drinks on the pier to wash it down.

1  Thank Grace M
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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Went to the pier for a fun day and it was. Rides are for kids though. Sights and views are very nice.

Thank Eugene W
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