Beach, iconic ferris wheel, a roller coaster, food, fishing, and just a nice little pier experience.
By Aesthetic Andie
The Santa Monica pier is one of my favorite places because it’s just iconic LA. I mean, look at that picture above. That’s the stuff.
Pacific Park is essentially a mini amusement park on the pier. It has 12 rides, carnival games, food, and shopping. It’s definitely sort of touristy, sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out.
The world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel! Height Requirement: 42” or under 42″ with adult. All riders above the age of 3 must have a valid ticket or wristband.
State law prohibits single riders on open gondola-style Ferris wheel. You’re out of luck, single folks! Hahaha, just kidding, but also not really.
Goes up 55 feet and gets up to a speed of 35 mph. Only steel rollercoaster over the Pacific Ocean on the US West Coast. Gotta be 42″ and over to ride it. It’s pretty fun IMO.
The Sea Dragon swings back and forth in a 180-degree arc giving riders a bunch of 40 ft. drops.
Basically the teacups at Disneyland, but sharks. You got me? Cool, let’s move on.
44 foot exhilarating drop tower. You drop and feel gravity and get scared! Sound fun? Kinda? OK.
Check Pacific Park’s website for the whole list.
Admission to the park is free, but the ride tickets itself range from 5 to 10 bucks at the ticket booth. There are also unlimited ride wristbands: $16.15 for kids 7 and under, and $29.65 in kids 8 and older.
Food and Drink
You what Dippin’ Dots are. They have them here. Isn’t that awesome?
Boy do I love funnel cakes. The ones here are pretty darn good. I usually get strawberries, whipped cream, and powdered sugar on mine just like in this lovely photo above.
Fresh burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches! A good option for savory food at the pier.
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
Ice. Blended. Of course, they have hot options here too for your daily dose of caffeine.
Check out Pacific Place’s website for the complete list. I linked it here because I am awesome.
Top Flow (that water gun racing game)
Check out the rest here.
This 66 End of the Trail Sign
If you’ve seen this sign in your friends’ pictures before, the pier is where it’s at!