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You’ll recognise the iconic Santa Monica sign as you enter the famous pier in Los Angeles. A landmark that’s been standing for over 100 years, Santa Monica Pier is popular with both locals and tourists alike. The pier consists of an amusement park, the famous Carousel, an arcade, shops and free historical walking tours.
In 1983, the Santa Monica Pier experienced significant damage. Storms rolled in with reports of swells reaching a staggering 10-feet. The cranes brought in to repair the damage then became battering rams when another storm hit, destroying at least one-third of the Pier completely. The restoration project since has seen Santa Monica Pier go from strength to strength, and today it’s a place where hours and hours of fun can be had.
Home to the one-of-a-kind solar powered Ferris wheel, Pacific Park is a family amusement park in Santa Monica Pier. With the iconic roller coaster sat atop the pier, it’s a must-visit for the photo opportunities alone. There’s thrilling rides, lots of games, food outlets and plenty more fun to keep the whole family entertained. And the best bit? It’s admission free. This iconic park has been the setting for over 500 movies and television shows, as well as the video game Grand Theft Auto V.
Other interesting facts about Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles
- During summer, the Santa Monica Pier is a hive of activity with outdoor concerts, movies and family friendly activities, many of which are free
- Originally built in 1922, the historic Carousel in Pacific Park features 44 hand-carved horses and turns to the music of a calliope
- Santa Monica Pier is actually made up of two adjoining piers, that once had separate owners
- The original Municipal Pier’s purpose was to carry sewer pipes beyond the breakers