Amusement at the Pier
Yahoo Travel named the family-friendly Pacific Park “California’s Best Amusement Park.” The West Coast’s only amusement park located on a pier features the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel: the Pacific Wheel. Santa Monica Pier rides include the West Coaster, a roller coaster towering 55 feet above the Pacific Ocean, plus games, food and shopping. Pacific Park is open year-round, though seasonal hours vary. Learn more in “How to Spend a Day at Pacific Park.”
Take a ride on the wooden horses and sleighs of the Santa Monica Pier Carousel. The famous carousel was built in 1939 in the Looff Hippodrome, a National Historic Landmark and one of the few structures remaining from Santa Monica’s original pier.