Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by apbeaches Updated Jun 21, 2015

    This 100 year old landmark on a large double-jointed pier The pier contains Pacific Park amusement park with its one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art, solar-paneled Ferris wheel. an original carousel hippodrome from the 1920's, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, shops, entertainers, a video arcade, a trapeze school, pubs, and restaurants. The west end of the pier is a popular location for anglers. During the summer months the pier is venue to free weekly outdoor concerts, movies, and other family friendly activities.

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  • Stroll down to the Pier to watch the sunset

    by Patrickcal Written Sep 16, 2011

    Incredibly enough you can get away from the city vibe by walking a few blocks to the pier and all the way to the end of it. You will get to the fishermans zone and listen to the ocean to watch an incredible LA Sunset. On the way there you can enjoy a delicious icecream or a good cup of joe.

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    The Santa Monica Pier

    by Erin74 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Santa Monica Municipal Pier opened to the public on September 9, 1909, after sixteen months of construction. It is a 1,600-foot-long wooden pier which features restaurants, a Ferris Wheel, small roller coaster and carnival games-- not to mention sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the coastline.

    The Pier is open 365 days a year and admission is free. Parking can be difficult or expensive, however. You can park in the garages up on 2rd Street and walk down or park on the beach for a higher fee.

    On the Pier, play some vintage PacMan at the local arcade. Eat some cotton candy, get a henna tattoo. Then take a ride on the Ferris Wheel for amazing views of the coast.

    The Santa Monica Pier, as seen from  a distance.
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    The oldest pier in California

    by csordila Updated Mar 18, 2009

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    California’s oldest amusement pier maybe the most famous part of Santa Monica. In whole year its wonderful sandy beach attracts thousands of people desiring to rest.
    Have you ever seen a carousel? Here you can do it. It's a big merry-go-round with 44 original hand-painted wooden ponies that go up and down as the carousel turns.
    Santa Monica Pier Carousel is in the National Registry of Historic Places.

    Pier admission is free, open 365 days a year.

    Staff reports/3-13-2008
    The investment group that has owned Pacific Park on the Pier has put the park on the market. According to the management, the investors had always intended to sell the park at an opportune time.

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    The Pier Was Pure Pleasure

    by onestepaway Written Jun 4, 2007

    If you have time while you are in California all of Santa Monica is a must see! I highly recommend this place to any traveller, like I stated during this trip, it was a short trip and we were limited on time, but we went back here because it was that special and we both love the water. The pier was hopping both time we went and the views around the pier are to be remembered. There is a small amsuement park located on the pier along with great spots for fishing and a bar at both ends of the pier. There was alot of things to get into here. Take a trip down Wilshire as well.

    On the way... The Amusement Park

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by AVG2319 Written Oct 13, 2006

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    Santa Monica was probably the nicest spot we saw in LA area. Still there were tons of homeless people in the park here, I saw way more here than I ever did in New York. I guess cause it's warmer.
    The pier though was nice-tons of vendors along it, but we came for the views and the experience of walking down the pier. If you are in the LA area I think it is a nice place to visit.

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by SLLiew Written Oct 12, 2006

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    A landmark in Los Angeles, this is an standard fun pier where one call stroll along beach, try your luck at winning a price at a game, sit on a wooden horse in a brightly lighted musical merry go round, slurp ice creams and watch life goes by as the fishermen wait for the fish to bite.

    Great place to spend time with the kids or becoming a kid again. Kick some sand and watch the waves coming in.

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    Visit Santa Monica Pier for Sunset

    by AKtravelers Written Mar 5, 2006

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    Santa Monica Pier is more than just your standard jetty sticking out into the ocean -- it is an above water amusement park. Built early in the 20th century by the same person who developed Cony Park in New York City, it is both historic and enjoyable -- especially as the sun drops lower and lower into the Pacific. We didn't go on any of the rides, but we walked out to the edge of the pier and watched the people, braving a slight winter chill as the sun's remaining warmth barely sustained us in windbreakers (it was February after all). Then we had dinner at Bubba Gump's shrimp before heading back to the airport.

    The sun sets behind Santa Monica Pier
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    Santa Monica - The Santa Monica Pier.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 9, 2005

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    Santa Monica has been a holiday region since 1885. It is a vibrant retail, dining and entertainment area in the heart of the city. Nestled on L.A.'s fashionable Westside, just seconds from the Pacific Ocean, the area had become a symbol of the Southern California lifestyle at its finest. The air is cleaner and it's a bit cooler than the rest of LA. For us it was a very nice place to stay. The sand on the beach was beautifully white and there was enough entertainment and lots of places to go to.

    For example Santa Monica Pier. The merry-go-round at the pier is over 70 years old. It's a nice walk down the pier and have a view over Santa Monica. The Pier is open 365 days a year and admission is free.

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    Pier Carousel

    by gilescorey Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    There is an antique carousel, still running, inside the Santa Monica pier. It is easily missed if you walk along the top boardwalk - the carousel is "inside" the pier, close to the beach, through the entrance across from "Hot Dog On A Stick"(holy moly). The carousel, naturally, has been in countless Hollywood films(yawn). Now, best thing? There is an antique "slide show" machine next to the carousel with black and white stills from The Great San Francisco Earthquake. Awesome!

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by meteorologist1 Written Jun 25, 2005

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    The Santa Monica Pier offers fun activities for the whole family. Especially for kids, there is the Playland Arcade and a merry-go-round. There is also an amusement park, Pacific Park, and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. There are also several nice seafood restaurants on the pier. The pier also has frequent street performers to entertain you day and night. The pier can become very crowded though. Beautiful beach scenery here.

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    Sunny Santa Monica

    by meteorologist1 Written Jun 25, 2005

    To enjoy the sunny weather of southern California, the perfect place to do it is in Santa Monica, located by the Pacific coast west of downtown Los Angeles. It is a good place to dine and shop, and most importantly, go to the beach. The Santa Monica Pier has a lot of fun activities for the whole family as well as a lot of street performers to entertain you. Santa Monica also marks the western end of the historic Route 66.

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by Roadquill Written Apr 19, 2005

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    This is a fun spot for a few hours. In addition to being on a pier, there are small shops and eating places on the pier, plus a small amusement park. We use to take our kids to the amusement park up to about age 13. They loved it. Once you started getting bored, there are lot s of places to eat and shop close by.

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    Santa monica pier

    by marora99 Written Dec 10, 2004

    Santa monica pier is a place where you can just relax and enjoy the waves of the ocean. They have some rides like a ferris wheel and a carousel that I'm sure kids will enjoy. They also have a bunch of different shops selling little knick nacks and food like ice cream, hot dogs, pizza etc. I would not recommend going into that water because it is a pretty poluted beach. If you actually want to go in the water go to malibu or zuma

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by Carmela71 Written Aug 17, 2004

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    After our tour along Olvera Street and sunset Boulevar, we stopped at Santa Monica for the sunset.

    Travelling with Stace means to enjoy every sunset where ever we go, specially at the beach.

    We enjoyed this one here

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