When I was a kid I used to love going to the Santa Monica Pier, so when my brother and I had a free Saturday figuring out where to spend it was a no-brainer.
The Santa Monica Pier is a huge local landmark, it’s a great place to soak up the sun while getting gorgeous views of the beaches and surrounding city.
There are many attractions on the pier including an aquarium, video arcade, food, pubs, and music, yet the most recognizable attraction is the Pacific Park.
Pacific Park is the amusement park located on the pier, and gives us the iconic roller coaster and Ferris wheel image.
We spent most of our time at the park, riding the rides and playing the games. I got my brother an unlimited ride wristband and purchased two ride tickets for myself, one for the roller coaster and one for the Ferris wheel. In my opinion, the best view of the pier is on the roller coaster, right after it finishes the first climb, you can see the entire beach and pier, and some of the city behind it, but there’s only a few seconds to enjoy it before being whipped around by the ride. The view from the Ferris wheel isn’t too bad either.
After doing a few rides, we went and played our first game, and we won a dragon!
Then we made a game of taking pictures of him everywhere.
We ate lunch at one of the burger joints on the pier, nothing spectacular or fancy, but not horrible either. Be prepared to fight people and birds for a spot to sit though. Seriously, the pigeons and seagulls that roam that area are fearless!
After lunch we did a couple more rides, grabbed some ice cream, and then it was time to head home.
To me, the Pier seemed a bit less magical going back as an adult, but I could tell my brother had a great time, so the desired effect was achieved. Actually his exact words were “there’s so many rides, and games, and cool stuff. It’s awesome!”