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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los Angeles
"Meet your guide and group in central Los Angeles to begin your 3-hour tour of the city’s world-famous beaches. Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned minivan travel to Santa Monica whose century-old pier marks the terminus of the old Route 66.As you set foot on Santa Monica Pier hear about the history of the amusement rides from your guide. Then stroll down the Third Street Promenade an open-air shopping district filled with boutiques and name-brand stores in downtown Santa Monica. Back aboard your vehicle drive to another waterfront gem: the Venice Beach Boardwalk. See the Pacific Ocean glittering before your eyes
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"Los Angeles City Tour Including Farmers Market
"Los Angeles City Tour Including Farmers Market Beverly Hills and Santa Monica Bike Ride""Your LA day tour starts when you meet up with your small group and follow your guide on a walk down Hollywood Boulevard. See some of your favorite 'stars' on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and pass by the TCL Chinese Theatre and Dolby Theatre en route to a secret garden oasis and other hidden gems.Hop on a local bus for a brief ride to the Los Angeles Farmers Market — aka the Original Farmers Market — established in 1934. Meander past and purchase something delicious for lunch (own expense). Then take a quick bus ride to the heart of Beverly Hills and indulge in a provided cupcake tasting at a bakery. Afterward visit the Paley Center for Media
From $60.00
 
Los Angeles Night Tour
"Start the tour in Santa Monica Pier to see the Santa Monica Beach and make our way to shop at the 3rd Street Promenade. Then make your way to where the elite shop check out the hotel from Pretty Woman and try to spot celebrities on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Right after seeing world-renowned fashion houses to one-of-a-kind local boutiques make your way to The Grove / Farmers Market where you will experience beautiful outdoor shopping by taking a stroll through the market and take some photos by The Singing Fountain. You will also have time to hang out on the grassy area to take in from which you can also take back a unique souvenir to remember this unforgettable day. As the tour commences you will drive by Melrose on the way back to Hollywood.""""Take an evening tour through Los Angeles’ most popular destinations
From $59.00

Santa Monica Pier Tips (51)

Jumper

This is in the pacific park on Santa Monica Pier, you have to pay extra $5 even if you bought the unlimited wrist band.

They attach you on the waist and you can jump on a trampoline pretty high for about 3 minutes, it's fun, my daughter likes it...not sure it's worth the $5 extra dollars though.

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Sienlu
Oct 29, 2014

Pier Fun for kids - Pacific Park

This amusement park is located on the famous Santa Monica Pier. It has lots of rides like Pacific Wheel,Wave jumper, Pirate Ship, Sea Planes, Air lift, Scrambler, Sea Dragon, Pacific Plunge and more. It also have games all around, like Top Glow, Wac a Mole, Tub Toss, Balloon Bust etc. You have to pay extra for each of the games.
The Beach Bounce is my daughter's favorite, it allows the person to jump up high to 24 feet in the air from a trampoline, attached by a super spring cable. You have to pay extra for this as well.

Check the park hours as it's different every day.

You can buy an all day unlimited ride wristband 7 and under : $16.95
8 and over : $24.95
Annual pass is $99 for all.

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Sienlu
Oct 01, 2014

Pacific Park~Santa Monica Pier

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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Yaqui
Jul 05, 2014

Santa Monica Pier

One of the most outstanding attractions on Santa Monica's ocean front is the pier, which as well as providing touristic entertainment, also lights up beautifully at night. The pier has appeared in many a movie, including the Titanic, Forrest Gump, They Shoot Horses Don't They?, the Sting, and a recent favourite of mine, Thank You for Smoking. It even turned up in the latest Grand Theft Auto game.

It's actually a combination of two piers, one a sewer pipe carrier built in 1909, and later a wider pier built in 1913 that brought the ocean side entertainment. It was almost destroyed in the 1960s, only for its destruction order to be rescinded in 1973, just in time for its appearance in The Sting.

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antistar
Feb 16, 2014
 
 
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Seaside Stroll

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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Gillybob
Aug 31, 2011

THe Pier, a tacky necessity

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.

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tvdandy
May 25, 2011

Santa Monica Pier

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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Yaqui
Apr 30, 2011

Santa Monica Looff Hippodrom~Carousel 1916

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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Yaqui
Apr 30, 2011

Top 5 Santa Monica Writers

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Yaqui

"~Santa Monica~"
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marinarena

"I Leave My Heart in Santa Monica"
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Waalewiener

"AFTERNOON & EVENING AT SANTA MONICA PIER."
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antistar

"Santa Monica"
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"BEAUTY AND THE BEACH"
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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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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Yaqui
Apr 29, 2011

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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

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brilliantbeer
Apr 04, 2011

Playland Game Arcade at Santa Monica Pier.

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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Waalewiener
Apr 04, 2011

Fishing for Moby Dick

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.

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iclee
Jan 19, 2009

Things to Do Near Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica Beaches

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Carousel

It's full name is The Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome and it is located on the Newcomb Pier adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. It was designed and built in 1916 by Charles I....
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Santa Monica Place

This is the mall at the south end of 3rd street promenade, it was renovated a few years ago to an open air mall, with trendy designer shops and restaurants. It is also a few block from the beach and...
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Visitors Center

Located along Ocean Ave within Palisades Park is one of three visitor centers. It is Open Daily 10am-4pm. We stopped here and grabs some maps. It is a great place to find any information you made need...
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Third Street Promenade

Good idea, leaving the beach, said Fernanda. Let's move to a better place. And that was... shopping area, of course. Do you believe that I supported the never ending series of malls, shops and...
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Getting to Santa Monica Pier

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Ocean Avenue at Colorado

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