Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles

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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.

    Address: Ocean Avenue at Colorado Avenue

    Directions: The Pier is located two blocks south of Santa Monica Blvd. at corner of Ocean Ave. and Colorado Ave. Parking is available on both the Pier Deck and the Beachfront nearby. Limited short term parking is also available.

    Website: http://www.santamonicapier.org/

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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.

    Address: PCH in Santa Monica

    The sun sets behind Santa Monica Pier
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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.

    Address: PCH in Santa Monica

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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.

    Address: PCH in Santa Monica

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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.

    Address: 350 Santa Monica Pier

    The Santa Monica Pier, as seen from  a distance.
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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!

    Address: PCH in Santa Monica

    Directions: Ocean and Colorado Blvds.

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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.

    Address: PCH in Santa Monica

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by sumit_b Updated Jan 27, 2004

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    It was a bit of a drive from LA to get to Santa Monica, but well worth it. The waterfront is beautiful. There is also a roller-coaster on the pier - let's hope it is stable enough to handle the forces!!

    Address: PCH in Santa Monica

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by american_tourister Written Feb 25, 2003

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    For fishing, people watching, and leisure I recommend the pier. You can rent a bicycle and ride down the path to Venice Beach and back. Have a hot dog, ride the ferris wheel, rent a fishing pole, spot a Hollywood star.

    Address: PCH in Santa Monica

    The most photographed spot in LA.
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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.

    Address: PCH in Santa Monica

    Directions: Located at the corner of Ocean Ave. and Colorado Ave. in Santa Monica.

    Website: http://www.santamonicapier.org/

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by windsorgirl Written Mar 18, 2004

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    On a fair weather day, which seems to be everyday in LA, you can rent bicycles in Venice Beach and ride about 20 minutes to the Santa Monica Pier. There is an excellent winding bikepath along the wide sandy beach.

    At the famous pier you can wander among the carnival rides and enjoy the ocean and coastal views.

    Address: PCH in Santa Monica

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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.

    Address: Ocean and Colorado in Santa Monica

    Directions: You can park in the city lots by the pier but that runs $6 (+ or -) for all day parking. Or you can park on Ocean at a meter for much less, but you need to watch the meters.

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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

    Address: PCH in Santa Monica

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    Santa Monica Pier

    by acemj Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Santa Monica Pier
    LA is all about people watching. You'll see lots of beautiful and unique people here.
    There's also a cool family-oriented theme park called Pacific Park.

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    VENICE BEACH AND THE SANTA...

    by jennykp Written Aug 24, 2002

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    VENICE BEACH AND THE SANTA MONICA PIER
    Rent bikes or rollerblades in Santa Monica and take a ride down the pathway along the beach to Venice and further.. This is a great way to see the the pier, and Venice, without having to deal with parking in Venice. This is great on a nice summer day.

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