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  • Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier
  • Hours: Beach & pier open daily 24hrs
  • Admission: Admission free to beach & pier; some attractions charge entry

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Santa Monica Beach & Pier

You'll instantly recognize it from film and TV: the neon-lit arch of the Santa Monica Pier. Feel the ocean breeze as you stroll past snack shacks, a game arcade, lively entertainers, and anglers to the far tip where the entire arc of the Santa Monica Bay, from Malibu to Palos Verdes unfolds before you.

Kids get their kicks at Pacific Park, with its solar-powered Ferris wheel, kiddy rides, and midway games. Near the pier entrance, nostalgic souls and their offspring can ride the colorfully hand-painted horses on the vintage merry-go-round. Just below the carousel is Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, where sea stars and sea urchins can be scooped up and petted.

And then there's the wide and long sandy expanse that is Santa Monica Beach. Here you’ll find sunbathers, families, volleyball players, and roller skaters. This is also the spot of the Original Muscle Beach, which still draws fitness fanatics. The South Bay Bicycle Trail, a paved bike and walking path, takes you straight to Venice Beach.

Practical Info

Santa Monica is west of downtown Los Angeles. Parking is plentiful, especially on Main Street and 2nd and 4th streets, between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard. The electric Tide Shuttle makes a loop from downtown Santa Monica to the beach every 15 minutes. The town of Santa Monica itself is worth a visit for its excellent shopping and dining.

Tours & Tickets

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Ticket to Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Located on the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park® is the West Coast's only amusement park on a pier. Have fun on 12 amusement park rides, including ...  Read more

Location: Santa Monica, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $15.39

Hollywood Highlights and LA Beaches Tour from Anaheim

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Experience the best of Los Angeles on this customizable tour from Anaheim. Enjoy entertaining, informative commentary from your friendly driver and explore top ...  Read more

Location: Anaheim - Buena Park, California
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.99

Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

Try something new on your Los Angeles vacation! See places you can’t get to in your car or on a tour bus as you try out a unique and fun activity – riding an ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $68.00

California Beach Cities Day Trip from Los Angeles: Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Venice Beach and Santa Monica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Experience Southern California’s laid-back beach lifestyle, and see various Pacific coast beaches on this day trip from Los Angeles! Visit Huntington Beach, ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.99
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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore Santa Monica and Venice Beach by Segway on this attraction-packed morning or afternoon tour. See top area attractions including the Santa Monica Pier ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.99

The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Explore the famous places you've heard so much about on this 5.5-hour ultimate bike tour of Los Angeles. This extensive bike tour takes you through LA's most ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $162.29

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