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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

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$12,442 per night from May 31 to May 31
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! (965 reviews)
"The view"

Reviewed on 2021/5/3

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$5,340 per night from May 12 to May 12
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! (953 reviews)
"The rooms were crowded"

Reviewed on 2021/5/3

Shore Hotel
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
3.5 out of 5
120 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$4,899 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, and Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach ...
3.8/5Good! (955 reviews)
"The location is great and staff are kind and helpful. Overall enjoyed our stay, but the elevator needs a card key and the system doesn't work very well."

Reviewed on 2021/5/3

Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
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.

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Best Lodging Options Near Santa Monica Pier

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$12,442 per night from May 31 to May 31
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$5,340 per night from May 12 to May 12
Shore 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$4,899 per night from May 31 to May 31
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$5,844 per night from May 9 to May 9
Ocean View Hotel
Hotel Carmel
Hotel Carmel
3 out of 5
201 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$3,886 per night from May 31 to May 31
Hotel Carmel
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$6,403 per night from May 11 to May 11
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$6,975 per night from May 8 to May 8
The Huntley Hotel
Viceroy Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$9,227 per night from May 11 to May 11
Viceroy Santa Monica
Shutters on the Beach
Shutters on the Beach
5 out of 5
1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$16,642 per night from May 18 to May 18
Shutters on the Beach
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.