Once the very end of the mythical Route 66, and still the object of a tourist love affair, the Santa Monica Pier dates back to 1908, and is the city’s most compelling landmark. There are arcades, carnival games, a vintage carousel, a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, and an aquarium. The pier really comes alive with free concerts and outdoor movies in the summertime.
The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California. With an iconic entrance, the pier is popular with residents and visitors as a landmark that is over 100 years old. Having spent most of my life living close to the coastal area of the Mediterranean sea and now living in the Gulf, I'm highly dependent and accustomed to beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, and sunshine. Lucky beach-goers visiting or leaving in Los Angeles get to enjoy all of the above and more!
Visitors can enjoy and choose between a huge number of bars and restaurants, but the most popular thing here is the view. Extending almost a quarter mile over the Pacific, you can stroll to the edge, hang out among the crowed, and lose yourself in the scent of the Pacific.
Both my fiancee and I are huge adventure seekers and love to explore the city. Sometimes we opt for more touristy attractions while other times we look for hidden gems to fuel our restless spirit. Discovering Santa Monica Pier was both rewording and fun, although hugely popular among tourist, this is one of those places that combines popularity with the uniqueness quite beautifully.
The Pier is also very attractive for parents as kids can get their kicks at Pacific Park, a small amusement park with a solar-powered Ferris wheel, kiddy rides, midway games, and food stands. Peer under the pier -just below the carousel- for Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Sea stars, crabs, sea urchins and other critters and crustaceans scooped from the bay stand by to be petted – ever so gently – in their adopted touch-tank homes.
Santa Monica plays an influential role in the cultural life of Southern California. In fact, more than half of the people who live in Santa Monica are employed by the arts. The city boasts a diverse and vibrant arts scene, with nationally acclaimed galleries, vibrant public art, leading museums, and a busy schedule of plays and concerts. Many of the street artist can be found hanging around on the Pier, entertaining the pedestrians and trying to make a quick buck. We got to engage and purchase a portrait made of clay from a very talented artist. Unfortunately, my boyfriends clay portrait died a sudden, but painless death when I drop on the floor seconds after we walked away from the artist's work space. RIP clay portrait! I'm happy to inform everyone that my clay portrait survived (my boyfriend was careful with my portrait, haha!) and it is gracing his mothers home!