Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

Considered the focal point of Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica Pier includes Pacific Park, a traditional set-up stocked with a Ferris wheel, aquarium, fairground games and cotton candy stands. On warm weekends, the stretch is busy with families, beach bums and gym bunnies, who work out in public at the original Muscle Beach just south of the pier. Lately, the Pier has played host to a number of outdoor film and music events, bringing a hipper clientele to the boardwalk.

Venue name: Santa Monica Pier
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Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier
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Tania [Polaroidchick]
tastemaker

This is an iconic spot to visit. When arriving in Los Angeles, many things aren't exactly what imagined, but Santa Monica Peer, isn't one of them: it is exactly what you see in movies! 


Crowded: yes, noisy: yes, not easy to get around: yes, but it is a really cool place to visit, because it connects directly with your imagination and memories! 


The diversity is great, so really embrace it! You will find all kinds of people, artists, and crafts around. Obviously, really close to the ocean, so a walk through the beach is also a good way to start or end a visit. 

Stephanie C

Santa Monica Pier has earned its right as an iconic LA attraction. Sure it can be crowded and some of the games and things are a bit cheesy, but it wouldn't be the same without those characteristics. It's a great place to people watch and have a touristy day in LA. It's just one of those places you have to go to at least once.

Amanda Jane
tastemaker

Definitely a tourist infused area but hey, that only adds to the charm of this place. It provides endless hours of people-watching, there are a plethora of food trucks in the area to choose from, and if you walk to the end of the pier, you can almost always find eager musicians ready to serenade you with their cheery songs. The only thing I don't like are the gentlemen that stand at the entrance to the pier with giant yellow snakes. Fun for some, but terrifying to the rest of us!

Michael J
moderator

On the one hand, the Santa Monica Pier is the end of historic Route 66 and a scenic spot to take in the Southern California coastline. But getting there, and navigating the hordes of tourists, is an awful experience no matter what time of year. It's still worth a visit, just to say you went, but maybe skip the amusement park portion; consider walking along Palisades Park instead or, if you're looking for a pier, try the more low-key Manhattan Beach.

Erick R

How many places in the world can you ride a Ferris Wheel overlooking the Pacific Ocean while watching the sunset?  The pier combines carnival boardwalk fun on the pier while setting a backdrop for a perfect date.

Cookie Monster
moderatorStaff WriterTastemaker

Busy on a lovely, sunny Sunday afternoon as you might expect. Great for people watching.

Benny T

Obviously not disneyland, but a good place to go if you have a couple of hours in LA. The roller coaster isn't bad if not as ambitious as it could be and they do make an effort to give it a good marine park feel if that makes sence. It feels like something from the not to distant past but at its best a good verison of it.

jeane
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