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Santa Monica Pier
Vacation Travel Guide

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$5,241 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Downtown, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach and Venice Beach Boardwalk are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (994 reviews)

"Stunning rooms with excellent customer service no complaints here"…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/15

Shore Hotel
Georgian Hotel
Georgian Hotel
4 out of 5
1415 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$4,728 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Nestled on the beach, this Downtown hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Beach, and Santa Monica Place. Santa Monica Pier ...

4.3/5Excellent! (972 reviews)

"Awesome stay at this hotel. The staff is super accommodating as well. Highly recommend staying here."…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/22

Georgian Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$4,736 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in Downtown, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"We had a really good time even though everything was closed. It was really entertaining sitting on the balcony and watching the people below."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/8

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.

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Best Lodging Options Near Santa Monica Pier

Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$5,241 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Shore Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$5,027 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
The Huntley Hotel
Georgian Hotel
Georgian Hotel
4 out of 5
1415 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$4,728 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Georgian Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$4,736 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Ocean View Hotel
Viceroy Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$7,118 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Viceroy Santa Monica
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$4,462 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
Shutters on the Beach
Shutters on the Beach
5 out of 5
1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$12,611 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Shutters on the Beach
JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
4 out of 5
1740 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$4,988 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
Bayside Hotel
Bayside Hotel
2 out of 5
2001 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is NT$3,311 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Bayside 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.