Santa Monica Pier VisitVeniceCa May 1, 2015 Attractions, Family, Neighborhood Hotspots, Nightlife, The perfect date 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. SUGGESTED ATTRACTIONS/ACTIVITIES ON THE PIER: 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. www.pacpark.com TRAPEZE SCHOOL. Try something new and fun, while burning a few calories! Hours: M-Su 8:30AM-10PM. www.trapezeschool.com 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 SUGGESTED ATTRACTIONS/ACTIVITIES UNDER AND BY THE PIER: 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. healthebay.org/santa-monica-pier-aquarium 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! ANNUAL EVENTS: 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. santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts . Visit santamonicapier.org for upcoming events and additional Santa Monica Pier info!