Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Pier Reviews

ola3rd ola3rd
60 reviews
The Santa Monica Pier!!! Jan 18, 2013
"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.[1]

Santa Monica has had several piers over the years, however the current Santa Monica Pier is actually two adjoining piers that long had separate owners. The long, narrow Municipal Pier opened September 9, 1909, primarily to carry sewer pipes beyond the breakers, and had no amenities. The short, wide adjoining Pleasure Pier to the south, a.k.a. Newcomb Pier, was built in 1916 by Charles I. D. Looff and his son Arthur, amusement park pioneers.

The Carousel was built in 1922 on the Pleasure Pier and features 44 hand-carved horses. It was rebuilt in 1990 inside the Looff Hippodrome. A calliope provides musical accompaniment.

The La Monica Ballroom, designed by T.H. Eslick with a Spanish façade and French Renaissance interior, opened on July 23, 1924. It was the largest dance hall on the west coast, accommodating 5,000 dancers on its 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) hard maple floor. In 1948, country music star Spade Cooley began broadcasting his weekly television show from the ballroom, where the enormously popular program remained until 1954. During the summer of 1955, the Hollywood Autocade opened in the La Monica with one-hundred famous and unusual cars, including Jack Benny’s Maxwell and a Rumpler Drop Car.[2] From 1958 until 1962 the ballroom served as a roller skating rink; first as Skater's Ballroom and then Santa Monica Roller Rink, where the speed skating club won many state and regional championships. The La Monica Ballroom was demolished in 1963.

The bridge to the pier and entry gate was built in 1938 by the federal Works Project Administration, and replaced the former grade connection.

The Looff Pier, then known as Newcomb Pier, was acquired by the city in the 1953. In the 1960s various plans were proposed that would entail removal of the pier. The strangest one called for the construction of an artificial island with a 1500-room hotel. It was approved by the City Council, but citizens formed "Save the Santa Monica Bay" to preserve the pier.[3] The outstanding order to raze the pier was revoked by the city council in 1973. That same year the Carousel and Hippodrome were memorable sets in the film The Sting, although the story was set in Chicago.

In the 1950s Enid Newcomb suggested to family friend Morris “Pops” Gordon that his two sons, George and Eugene, purchase and operate the Pier’s arcade. It didn’t take much persuasion, for the Gordons instantly took to the Pier and ultimately made Playland Arcade into the Pier’s longest running enterprise offering the day’s contemporary games alongside those of yesterday, providing inexpensive entertainment to a diverse crowd. George’s daughters Marlene and Joanie have kept the business within the family, and the next generation of Gordons is already in training to maintain the family tradition."
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bigmac993 says:
Good Review!
Posted on: Jan 18, 2013
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beachblue79 beachblu…
2 reviews
Tourist trap May 02, 2011
You should go to the Santa Monica Pier if you've never been. It has lots of carnival rides, games, and junk food. Definitely ride the giant ferris wheel and take a good look at the shore.

Other than that, it's mostly full of tourists and kids.
smlfrys smlfrys
3 reviews
Santa Monica Pier Apr 03, 2011
The views from the pier were beautiful. The people were very pleasant. It's a nice place to visit. Talk a walk along the beach or play on the rides at the pier.
yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
Getting an awesome view @ Santa Monica Pier Jun 18, 2010
If you are in Santa Monica, visiting the Pier is a MUST.

It's free, except of the parking, but you can also walk there, what I did.

Walking along the Pier would give you amazing views from the sea and the coast. You will see the nice beaches and also part of the city.

While you are walking you will find several restaurants, some shops, an even an amusement park. Here you can also rent a bicycle. The Pier is also the end of the famous 66 Route and you will find lots of souvenirs about it.

Take the time to walk along the lovely pier and enjoy the sea breeze.
entering Santa Monica Pier
Pacific Park
end of the famous 66 Route
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X_Drive says:
Not very far from where I grew up. Used to go there every once in awhile. I still looks the same!! :D
Posted on: Jul 05, 2010
huibdos says:
All I want to do, is have some fun...
Posted on: Jul 05, 2010
yadilitta says:
yes, it's a nice place to visit.
Posted on: Jul 05, 2010
miss_tijera miss_tij…
4 reviews
A place anybody will fall in love with Jun 15, 2010
My father used to take me to this beach when I was very little. I took my husband for the first time and we had a blast (including my family).

They have nice rides there and concession stands. The food can be a little pricey though.

And they had some break dancers perform. Make sure you catch them when you go down to Santa Monica.
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mkarinaa mkarinaa
48 reviews
Santa Monica Pier May 28, 2010
Its a pretty fun place.

You can make it really low budget and not spend money on anything and just walk around and observe.

But if you do want to spend some cash, there are toy games, arcade games, a couple of rides, henna tattoo, food and etc. It also has a buch of street artists, which are all pretty tallented.

Overall its worth the journey, fun for adults and kids.
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electricapples electric…
51 reviews
Santa Monica Pier Mar 13, 2009
The Santa Monica Pier is a nice way to spend and afternoon. The pier has plenty to do. There are restaurants, shops, an arcade, carnival rides...there is even an aquarium underneath the pier that showcases the local marine wildlife. There is easy access to the beach, along which there are also more shops and restaurants and a playground. This is something the whole family can enjoy. It's free to walk around. You will have to pay for parking if you park in the pier parking lot, but it's only $6(USD).
mathieucalvet mathieuc…
4 reviews
Santa Monica Pier Jun 18, 2009
Again, wonderful at sunset. Really nice place for a little walk on the pier or along the beach, with their little safeguard cabin, looking like you are in Baywatch lol.... Place to go, and a nice main shopping street across the street....
kevinw83 kevinw83
31 reviews
Dec 27, 2005
The Santa Monica Pier is located (obviously) on the pier oceanside. There are a few things to do there:

1. The aquarium, located right underneath the pier. Very

small, but good for maybe 45 mins-1 hr of fun. Maybe I'm just a

big kid, but I love the hands on exhibits where you can touch sea

urchins, sea cucumbers, starfish, etc. And they have an open tank

with some sharks and rays in it. Who wouldn't like that?

Admission is under $5.

2. The arcade area. Skeeball, air hockey, arcade games are always a good time.

3. Amusement Park area. Only a few rides, but still

fun. Just don't expect the most thrilling of rides... Each ride

will cost you $2.25
View of the pier from atop the fer…
Ryan doing his air hockey thang.

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