Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

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    Playing on the Pier

    by amandajayne81 Written Mar 23, 2008

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    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.

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by Carmanah Updated Jan 15, 2008

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    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!

    Posing on the Santa Monica Pier
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    The Pier

    by HotSpotJ Written Dec 31, 2007

    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.

    Autumn 2007 - My first visit to the Pier Sunset on the pier On the ferris wheel Winter 2007 The Pier The famous ferris wheel
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  • Be seen on Pier Cam

    by livinginthepalisades Written Nov 22, 2006

    Impress your friends and be seen all over the world on Pier Cam (www.westland.net)
    Just stand in front of the Santa Monica Pier, on the sidewalk to the northside and look across to the pick building where Il Fornaio restaurant is. Go there at a designated time and have your friends see you on the internet via the webcam. There is a live image that changes every 3-4 seconds.

    View from World Famous Pier Cam-Daytime View from World Famous Pier Cam-Nightime
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    The Pier

    by Edla Written Nov 16, 2006

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    Going on the pier is a an exhilirating feeling. You will find musicians and there are all kinds of little stalls where you can get all kinds of stuff like having your picture taken "with a celebrity" or getting an opportunity to book a place on different live TV show recordings.

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    Tour to Santa Monica pier

    by eternel2002 Updated May 3, 2006

    Santa monica pier is an entrainment area, a place to relax and have a good time. It was built on 1909 but developped after that and now it's becoming as a must-see destination in Southern California. It's on the pacific ocean, just near the downtown, it's a nice place where from we can enjoy the view of the city, the ocean and the beach :)

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    Kids rides .... and oceans views

    by Lensmeister Updated Dec 18, 2005

    Santa Monica pier is well know throughout the world.

    When we were there in 2001 we took a walk along it and there were kids rides ... this our little 3 year old lad loved and made sure he spent as much of our money as he could.

    The pier was opened in September 1909 and was 1600 ft. long when opened. Now it is 270 ft. wide and 1080 ft. long.

    All in all a nice way to spend a few hours with the kids.

    ��Lensmeister - THe pier from the beach.
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    Santa Monica Pier

    by madamx Written Dec 16, 2005

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    This landmark was originally built in 1906. Somewhat of a tourist trap with it's souvenier shops and mediocre chain restaurants such as Bubba Gump's, it's still fun to stroll and people watch and take in the street performers. The amusement park is geared more towards kids and offers a rather lame roller coaster; but make sure to fit in a ride on the ferris wheel at night with your honey.

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    Kids of all ages

    by HotRodEtte Written Jul 1, 2005

    The Santa Monica pier is a laid back thing to do on a nice evening. I enjoy it because you can eat, drink, ride, shop, check out the street vendors and performers or just walk up and down taking it all in. Inexpensive parking along the side of the pier down by the beach.

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    And something for the kids!

    by spgood301 Written Jun 30, 2005

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    If you're in Santa Monica with the kids, be sure to check out the Amusement Park right on Santa Monica Pier (and if you forget, they're sure to remind you). It's actually quite small, but it's got enough rides to keep 'em occupied for a while. The ferris wheel is something of a landmark-when you see it, you know the Pier is near.

    All part of a great family day in Santa Monica

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    On the pier in Santa Monica

    by spgood301 Updated Jun 30, 2005

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    This is a centerpiece of any visit to Santa Monica. Grab a bite to eat, check out the (as expected) many souvenir shops & buy yourself something kitchy. There's plenty for the kids to do, including the Aquarium, and you'll get some really nice beach views too.

    It's not the biggest pier in the world, but it's someplace you'll definitely want to visit while in Santa Monica.

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    Take a stroll down memory lane on the pier

    by marinarena Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Remember when you were a child. You begged and bothered to go play at the arcade, ride the roller coaster and eat cotton candy! Wait - you still want to do this, right? Well, here many live out childhood memories at teh Santa Monica Pier, walking down the wooden planks and hollering with glee along with the little ones !

    Pictured here is Playland Arcade where I love to play skeeball!

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    The Pier in Santa Monica ,the Pier that has it all

    by Waalewiener Written Dec 28, 2004

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    Here is an overall shot of the Santa Monica Pier in California ,the Pier with a huge amusement Park , Pacific Park
    It has rides for kids stores for moms ,fishing of the Pier ,some restaurants vendors in their little stores on wheels some artist painting ,a fortune teller and much much more .
    It is a real family place and you should not miss it

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    Lori having some fun at Santa Monica Pier

    by Waalewiener Written Dec 27, 2004

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    Here is happy Lori having fun at the Santa Monica Pier ,a fun place to be .
    This Pier has something for everyone to enjoy,the only West Coast Pier with an Amusement Park on it .
    This Pacific Park has it all ,Rides ,Midway Games ,Specialty Foods and Shopping .
    A great place to come with your family.

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    THE PACIFIC PARK AT SANTA MONICA PIER.

    by Waalewiener Updated Dec 9, 2004

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    This Pacific Park at the Santa Monica
    Pier ,is a world class attraction I think .
    I was very impressed with this whole Pier and this Park is a Paradise for children and adults in my opinion there is something for every one visiting here.

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