Fodor's Expert Review Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Zoo/Aquarium
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.

Zoo/Aquarium Amusement Park/Water Park Carousel Family Silversea Cruise Promenade/Boardwalk

Quick Facts

Colorado Ave. and the ocean
Santa Monica, California  90401, USA

310-458–8901

www.santamonicapier.org

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