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.

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Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
3.5 out of 5
120 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
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The price is $229 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, and Original Muscle Beach. Santa Monica ...
3.8/5 Good! (940 reviews)
"I have stayed here a few times now and the staff is so professional but friendly. Then the location is great and so close to everything. I never second guess this hotel when it’s open I take it over other hotels."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

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Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
5 out of 5
1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is $328 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Original Muscle Beach, Santa Monica Beach, and Main ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (961 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

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Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is $237 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Main Street Santa Monica, Third Street Promenade, and Santa Monica Beach. Santa ...
4/5 Very Good! (969 reviews)
"Room was comfortable, husband found the bed not as comfortable as our previous hotel, air conditioning unit was very noisy, with clicking noises . Nice to have a fridge. They told us that due to covid rooms would only be serviced every 3 days, we were there for 4. However to our surprise, they serviced ..."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

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Hotel Carmel
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3 out of 5
201 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
The price is $149 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
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4 out of 5
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The price is $237 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
3.5 out of 5
120 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is $229 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 10
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4 out of 5
1515 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
The price is $259 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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4.5 out of 5
1111 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
The price is $249 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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Ocean View Hotel
Ocean View Hotel
3 out of 5
1447 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is $229 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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Viceroy Santa Monica
4 out of 5
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The price is $358 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
4 out of 5
1740 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA
The price is $263 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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