Fodor's Expert Review Santa Monica Pier

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Ferris Wheel, Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, Venice, Santa Monica, Venice, and Malibu, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Souvenir shops, carnival games, arcades, eateries, an outdoor trapeze school, a small amusement park, and an aquarium all contribute to the festive atmosphere of this truncated pier at the foot of Colorado Boulevard below Palisades Park. The pier's trademark 46-horse Looff Carousel, built in 1922, has appeared in several films, including The Sting. The Soda Jerks ice-cream fountain (named for the motion the attendant makes when pulling the machine's arm) inside the carousel building is a pier staple. Free concerts are held on the pier in the summer.

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Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, California  90401, USA


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