Santa Monica Pier

Suggested activity:  Spend the day at the Santa Monica Pier!  Fun for the entire family!  Fun for all ages!

About:  The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California and is a prominent, 100-year-old landmark. The Pier is always open, and always fun, year-round. But check with individual businesses for their specific hours of operation.  The pier contains Pacific Park, a family amusement park with a large Ferris wheel. It also has a carousel from the 1920s, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, shops, entertainers, a video arcade, a trapeze school, a pub, and restaurants. The end of the pier is a popular location for anglers.

ADDRESS:   200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

PARKING:  Parking on Pier deck (accessible via the ramp at Ocean and Colorado) or on the two lower lots accessible via Appian Way.  PARKING RATES:   Call the Parking Office at 310-458-8295 for seasonal hours and rates.  Use the  ParkMe app for live data on parking availability and pricing in the area.


  • PACIFIC PARK AMUSEMENT:  An amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier that includes a ferris wheel, roller coaster, games, prizes to be won, cotton candy and  more!  Fun for the entire family or might make a perfect date night.
  • TRAPEZE SCHOOL.  Try something new and fun, while burning a few calories!  Hours: M-Su 8:30AM-10PM.
  • PLAYLAND ARCADE.   310.451.5133
  • Ride a HISTORICAL CAROUSEL from 1922, and indulge with treats from the

     vintage soda-fountain located inside. 310. 394.8042

  • Dine and drink.  Tons of dining options on the Pier.
  • Beautiful ocean and beach views!
  • GO FISHING ON THE PIER!   Get your bait and tackle at PIER BAT AND TACKLE SHOP. 310.576.2014
  • Watch a street performance, get a tarot card reading, or listen to a local musician jam!
  • Sit on a bench and people watch!
  • Shop for souvenirs
  • Listen to live music at Rusty’s


  • SANTA MONICA PIER AQUARIUM:  The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is Heal the Bay’s public marine-education center .  The family-friendly  interactive facility is home to more than 100 species of marine animals and plants – all found in the Santa Monica Bay.
  • Hang out at the beach!
  • Have a beer at Dean’s! Great local hang out!
  • Indulge on a hotdog at the Hotdog Stick!
  • Play or watch the action at the volleyball courts located South of the Pier by the beach!
  • Work out at Muscle Beach Santa Monica.  Rings, ropes and bars
  • Grab a bike or self propelled vehicle and head south on the bike path to Venice!  :)


  • OUTDOOR CONCERTS AT THE PIER:   Twilight Dance Series!  Every Thursday!  LA’S favorite summer tradition and premier outdoor concert series.  The best of contemporary and classic music with the most amazing views in SoCal.