The Santa Monica Pier was only recently officially declared the endpoint for Route 66 in 2009, but it has been the unofficial end of the road for more than 50 years; no trip down the Mother Road is complete until you've dipped your toes in the refreshingly chilly waters of the Pacific. Either way, the pier, which has been around for more than 100 years, is a fitting end for the Route, with its retro vibes and incredible views. It's got the historic carousel, the Ferris wheel, an aquarium, and some good eats. If you're completing Route 66, treat yourself to a milkshake or a beer... you've earned it.
“So many fun things to see and do!”
The Santa Monica Pier is open 365 days a year. Admission is free. Recreational and entertainment center featuring restaurants, retail establishments and amusement park. The world-famous Santa Monica Pier offers a variety of entertainment, dining and shopping experiences, including the thrill rides of Pacific Park; a historic 1922 Carousel, an old-fashioned soda fountain, and an interactive aquarium. As you stroll the Pier, enjoy lively street performers — from musicians to artists plus fabulous vendor carts and don't miss some of the best sunsets along the California coast.
Had a great time strolling around the pier. True, pretty touristy, but the beach is pretty big and spacious!
Super touristy, but I mean, come on. It's the Santa Monica Pier. It's an icon.
Great place to relax and walk around. Our hotel included parking but if you’re not careful, it’s extremely pricey around here and it adds up quickly. 20-35$ a day to park. Be careful with ocean view hotels, request the best view ahead of time or you can be stuck with a dumpster back of the building view. We visited on July 4th so be aware they don’t do fireworks here anymore. You can stand on this pier and watch them miles away, at Manta Del Ray marina but it wasn’t as dramatic as being right beside the action. The pier has activities, performers, artists and loads of homeless walking around, trying to hustle. Restaurant options either on the pier or surrounding street areas, within reasonable walking distance. Lots of souvenir stores and if you drive/walk around, you can find all sorts of clothing and apparel stores also. As for the ocean, it didn’t look too clean to swim but during our stay, people were at the beach and enjoying the water. Nighttime can get chilly so be aware to bring appropriate clothing. Overall, sunset with the mountain backdrop was what captivated me the most.
Drove down Route 66 with my 9-month old son this summer and our last stop was the Santa Monica Pier. We had such a fantastic time on the boardwalk, taking pictures and people-watching. If you go there on a clear day you can get the most beautiful photos. Great Mexican restaurant at the end of the pier as well.
It's touristy, but it's the Santa Monica Pier. It's like the Coney Island of the West Coast. It's and Icon. Go. Do it. Experience it.
Yeah, there's lots of toutists here. But this never seemed to be a problem. The area is big enough for everyone. The beach is really nice, and so is the theme park. Take your loved one here and have lots of fun. Go on a date at the carnival, take a walk at the beach, eat at a really nice restaurant. There's just so much to do here. Hey, it's "the" Sta. Monica pier for a reason.
nice place at night to take a walk and feel the fresh air, good restaurants around the place with a good low price. be careful a lot of parking starting at 5$ to 25$
Oh, also, parking is 3 dollars an hour. Not bad.
Great place to spend the afternoon. Beautiful pier with good street musicians performing. Great spot to fish, too, and nice beach.
Definitely worth checking out just because of the fact that it’s a cultural icon. However, it’s pretty expensive for the rides (Ferris wheel was around $10), and crowded with tourists, especially on weekends and during the summer. Also, parking isn’t very available and the parking that is his expensive.
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Santa Monica Pier
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Good for cultural-travelers. Has a scenic vibe.
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