Santa Monica pier is a great place to take a walk and people watch. The Pier has a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment experiences including a fun fare. At the start of the pier, you will find a traditional Carousel from 1922. Dependent on the time of year of your visit, you will find a variety of lively street performers from musicians to artists.
The Santa Monica Pier is open every day of the year and admission is free.
Parking is available on both the Pier Deck and the Beachfront nearby.
In September 2009, the Pier celebrated its 100th birthday.
Ok, its the pier. Cheesy, but oh so fun. Ride the thrilless rollercoaster or go on the ferris wheel, which looks very cool lit up at night! Great people watching spot and the food items are not that pricey for Santa Monica. A must for Santa Monica I suppose.
Built in 1909 for a place for all to spend their days or night leisurely strolling while enjoying the beautiful ocean and blue skies. It was a place for folks to walk, swim, fish, and listen to local bands play. By 1916 the Hippodrome was built to house the carousel and it was here the Blue Streak Racer roller coaster found a home here. Since then the pier has seen it ups and downs with so many types of businesses and amusements and even was almost destroyed by mother natures wrath 1983. In 1996 she was refurbished and gets visited by four million tourist.
Charles I.D. Looff in 1916 bought land just south of the pier and built purchasing the land immediately south of the Municipal Pier and along with the amusement park, built the Hippodrome that houses the Pier’s Carousel and is Santa Monica’s first National Historic Landmark. I've been here so many during my youth and the beautiful carousel is my favorite.
The last photo is a historical photo located on the Information Kiosk at the beach level in front of the Hippodrome.
I was a bit taken back to see a amusement park located on the pier now. We didn't ride any of them, but I am sure this is a favorite place the young to hang out during the summer months. The rides they have are: The Inkie's Wave Jumper, Pirage Ship, Sig Alert EV, Sea Planes, Inkie's Air Lift, West Caster, Inkie's Scrambler, Sea Dragon, Pacific Plunge, Crazy Submarine, Frog Hopper
Individual Ride Prices
$5 Per Ride Pacific Wheel Ferris Wheel, West Coaster, Inkie’s Scrambler, Sea Dragon, Pacific Plunge & Sig Alert EV
$3 Per Ride Inkie’s Wave Jumper, Inkie’s Pirate Ship, Inkie’s Sea Planes, Inkie’s Air Lift, Crazy Submarine, Frog Hopper and Sig Alert EV (ages 3-9)
Unlimited Ride Wristbands – Best Value!
8 Years & Older $21.95
7 Years & Below $15.95
Located under the pier at beach level is a wonderful aquarium that is home to more than 100 species of marine animals and plants that are all found in the Santa Monica Bay. One of its main focus has been to clean up the bay since 1985. They've cleaned it up a lot with continuing education of the importance of keeping the marine and human life safe. We still have a lot to learn. At least the future generations understand the importance of a clean green earth.
BEGINNING APRIL 1, 2011, THE AQUARIUM IS OPEN UNTIL 6:00 P.M
Monday: CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
Tuesday – Friday: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Located beneath the Santa Monica Pier, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. Since 2003, it is operated by Heal the Bay, a nonprofit organization. It was formerly known as the Ocean Discovery Center and was operated by UCLA.
As Heal the Bay’s marine education facility, it is open to the general public and attracts more than 65,000 visitors from around the world per year (approximately 15,000 are students). This facility offers educational programs, activities and special events dedicated to marine conservation, pollution prevention, and environmental education.
Opening times 2pm - 6pm Tues - Fri
12.30 - 6pm Sat, Sun
The playland Arcade has something for all ages ,it has a Pelican Kiddy Ride .
A 3 passenger Merry -Go -Around ,There are Video Games ,there is Dancing.
There is Skee-Ball ,and prizes can be won
It is a wonderful place for young and old .
Mon.-Thurs.: 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M.
Friday: 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 A.M.
Saturday: 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 A.M.
Sunday: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M.
I saw a lot of people with fishing poles and patiently waiting for that "bite" on the farthest end of the pier.
I found out that you will not need a fishing license here and the poles/baits can be rented/bought in the Santa Monica Bait and Tackle shop at the pier's end.
They said that you can catch any of the following: Perch, Mackerel, White Sea Bass, Leopard Shark, and Sting rays.
We went here (Pacific Park, Santa Monica, CA) to check out the beach quality and for the kids to enjoy more parks (we went to Magic Mountain, too).
It was near Carson where we stayed during our 2008 summer vacation in the US. We easily found parking (about $8) in the beach area since we went as soon as the park opened at 11am. There were no park entrance fees although the rides were about US$5-10 a ride.
What's a park day without sampling their funnel cake? Of course, we needed to check out if their funnels are good. I found it too loaded with sugar but at least it was crispy. My younger one ordered one with strawberry jam topping...Hmmmm....not entirely bad.
There was an exhibit going on right on the beach. Lots of small crosses. Turned a good portion of the beach like a heroes cemetery. Read one that says "In Memory of John something....who died in the Iraq war". There was even a guy who was denouncing the current US president's action (GW Bush).
We walked passed the restaurants at the end where a section of the pier is jutting out of the ocean and decided to enjoy the sunshine during the chilly May day.
The acitivity at the Santa Monica Pier has a lot to do with the weather, what day it is and if it's summer break for school kids, I've been here when there have only been a few people but on a Sunday in April with temperatures in the 90s the place was hopping.
There's a carousel, Pacific Park, a small amusement park that has a ferris wheel (which I think they recently tried to sell on ebay) and a mini roller coaster, souvenir shops and a psychic adviser. It's right on the beach so you can come here to watch the beautiful sunsets over the ocean.
There are pay parking lots that range between $5 and $7 along Pacific Coast Highway 1, parking garages at the pier and along some of the main streets and metered spots along Ocean Avenue.
You have seen it on several TV shows and movies, it is the end of Route 66. Santa Monica Pier is an institution. It has a lot of souvernir stores and restaurants. A must see and a tourist trap at the same time.
So much to do here although all of it was definitely aimed at tourists and a little tacky but hey we had fun. So much colour in the people around and the activities available. Our most enjoyable visit was the one at 6.30am on New Years Day just before we left when it was virtually empty and the sun had just risen. Very worth seeing. Take you time and enjoy this little bit of nostalgia.
This is Santa Monica's iconic landmark which, once you've been here, you'll recognize it in American movies and TV shows which might prompt you to be geeky like me and proclaim, "Hey, I've been there!" to anyone who'll listen.
Santa Monica Pier is a mini carnival-on-the-sea jetting out over Santa Monica Bay. It's free to stroll along the pier, although you'll have to pay to ride the historic carousel, use the Pacific Park amusement park, use the Playland Arcade, eat at the restaurants, or enter the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
We stumbled upon the Pier after exploring downtown Santa Monica and really enjoyed the old fashioned county fair atmosphere of it all. It's located high above the water, giving you great photo opportunities of the beach. We didn't really do anything on the pier other than admire the views and take photos. We did, however, choose to end our day in Santa Monica by eating on the patio of the Mariasol Mexican restaurant at the very end of the pier. What a great way to watch the sunset and the moon rise!
Santa Monica Pier is one of the oldest tourist attractions on the Pacific Coast. The pier contains Pacific Park, a family amusement park with a large ferris wheel, which is probably the most photographed ferris wheel in the world. Beside the numerous carnival-style vendors on the pier, free open-air film screenings occur from early August to late September, so all of this gives the families many options. The parking next to the Pier (as of Chrsitmas 2007) is $6.00.