Santa Monica Pier

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You'll find beachside kitsch, boardwalk ambience 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.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Los Angeles page.

Top Hotels Close to Santa Monica Pier

Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $279 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy free WiFi, valet parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay here, everything was nice and clean and staff was very nice, only thing I didn’t like about the hotel is check in isn’t until 4pm. We arrived at noon and had to wait."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Ocean View Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $421 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"Very nice hotel that we’ve stayed at multiple times. The location is awesome, but it is a little overpriced for the amenities they have to offer. The area has changed quite a bit since last time we were there. 3rd street promenade used to be thriving, but now is a ghost town, which is a shame."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Viceroy Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $352 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Santa Monica. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Amazing"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

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Ocean Lodge Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Ocean Lodge Santa Monica Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
1667 Ocean Avenue Suite 1000, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $249 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
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Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $421 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
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Viceroy Santa Monica
Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $352 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Viceroy Santa Monica
Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $279 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Ocean View Hotel
Shore Hotel
Shore Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $349 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Shore Hotel
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $301 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
4 out of 5
1740 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
The price is $308 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
The Huntley Hotel
The Huntley Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA, 90403
The price is $314 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
The Huntley Hotel
Shutters on the Beach
Shutters on the Beach
5 out of 5
1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90405
The price is $775 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Shutters on the Beach
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