Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

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    THE PACIFIC PARK AT SANTA MONICA PIER.

    by Waalewiener Updated Dec 9, 2004

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    Pacific Park Santa Monica Pier

    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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    Playland Game Arcade at Santa Monica Pier.

    by Waalewiener Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Playland Game Arcade

    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 .

    Winter Hours:

    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.

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    Santa Monica Looff Hippodrom~Carousel 1916

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 30, 2011

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    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.

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    Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 29, 2011

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    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.

    HOURS:
    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.

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    Pacific Park~Santa Monica Pier

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 5, 2014

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    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

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 30, 2011

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    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.

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

    by Waalewiener Written Dec 28, 2004

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    Santa Monica Pier

    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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    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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    Visiting the Pier

    by CHINA20 Written Apr 30, 2004

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    The Pier is a nice pleace to enjoy a nice view of the beach, you can walk and buy some pretty souvenirs, go at the acuarium, the small amusement park next to the Pier and have a good lunch in the restaurant with a nice view to the beach.

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    'UCLA Ocean Discovery...

    by tetonski1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    'UCLA Ocean Discovery Center'
    Loads of info. on the creatures in the area and more!

    'Main Street Shopping Promenade'
    Lots of great shops and people watching.

    'Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area'
    Great hiking and mountain biking with a view.

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    Check out the Santa Monica...

    by Nobbe Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Check out the Santa Monica Pier. The Santa Monica Pier's origins date back almost 100 years. The Pier is very large, 413,056 square feet (9 acres), and very popular, attracting some 3 million visitors annually. People come here from all over the world to enjoy the ocean breezes, spectacular coastline views, attractions, restaurants, rides, games and shops. The end of famed Route 66 and a National Historical Landmark.
    Films such as 'The Sting,' 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills,' 'Beverly Hills Cop,' 'The Net,' along with television programs such as 'Baywatch' have used the Santa Monica Pier.

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    Take a stroll down memory lane on the pier

    by marinarena Written Jun 14, 2005

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    people flock to Santa Monica pier, California

    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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    Seaside Stroll

    by Gillybob Updated Aug 31, 2011

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    View from Santa Monica sea front to Pier
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    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.

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