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Santa Monica Pier

Vacation Travel Guide
Santa Monica Pier which includes rides

You'll find beachside kitsch, boardwalk ambiance and carnival fun at this sunbaked LA attraction that’s more than a hundred years old.

You can get plenty of kicks near the end of Route 66. Santa Monica Pier now marks the official western point of the legendary U.S. highway, one of the country’s first. This world-famous stretch of pavement originally ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, and was later extended to Santa Monica, where many travelers concluded their cross-country trek with a visit to this pleasure pier of fun and excitement.

Though one of southern California’s last remaining vintage piers, this is no rusting relic of a bygone age. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, it’s a lively venue packed with musical and theatrical entertainment and activities for the whole family.

Ride a roller coaster or sit atop the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel, which stands 130 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Munch on cotton candy, cast a line and see what you can catch or stroll along the planks to take in the salty sea air.

Other attractions include arcades, restaurants, artists and street performers. Learn highflying acrobatics at the trapeze school or hire a bike and cycle your way around the sights. An aquarium focusing on the local marine life sits below the pier at beach level. Kids will love interactive activities such as touch tanks and marine biology classes.

One of the most popular sights is the restored wooden carousel with colorful hand-carved horses. Built in 1922 and housed in its own building called the Looff Hippodrome, the carousel is most famously featured in the Robert Redford and Paul Newman film, The Sting.

You’ll find tranquil moments away from the crowds in the viewing deck on the second level of the hippodrome. Most people miss this part of the pier so it’s a wonderfully quiet spot to enjoy ocean views.

Santa Monica is about 18 miles (29 miles) west of downtown, just north of Venice Beach.

Top Hotels Close to Santa Monica Pier

Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$8,305 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk ...
4.3/5Excellent! (957 reviews)
"It is an excellent hotel to stay at. Get the ocean view."

Reviewed on 2021/7/14

Shore Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$11,079 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Original Muscle Beach and Santa Monica Beach. Santa ...
4.3/5Excellent! (962 reviews)
"Staff was very helpful and friendly. Location was perfect the only down side was that the food menu was very limited. I would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends."

Reviewed on 2021/7/25

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
3.5 out of 5
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$8,667 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Main Street Santa Monica, Third Street Promenade, and Santa Monica Beach. Santa ...
4/5Very Good! (975 reviews)
"Didn’t have a microwave and didn’t know it was valet parking only, other than that, nice hotel!!"

Reviewed on 2021/7/25

Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
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Best Lodging Options Near Santa Monica Pier

Hotel Carmel
Hotel Carmel
3 out of 5
201 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$5,180 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Hotel Carmel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$11,079 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
3.5 out of 5
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$8,667 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$8,305 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Shore Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$8,667 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
The Huntley Hotel
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
3.5 out of 5
120 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$6,485 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
Viceroy Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$10,296 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Viceroy Santa Monica
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica
4 out of 5
530 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$8,557 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica
Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$6,790 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Ocean View Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.