|Santa Monica Pier|
On September 9, 1909, after sixteen months of construction, the Santa Monica Municipal Pier opened to the public. Thousands of people swarmed onto the 1,600-foot-long concrete pier to enjoy a festive day of band concerts, swimming races and the novelty of walking above the waters of the Pacific Ocean. While originally built to satisfy the City's sanitation needs, the Pier quickly became a magnet for the fishing community and fueled the imagination of many local entrepreneurs.
Within just a few years, plans were put forth to build an amusement pier adjacent to the Municipal Pier. Famous carousel manufacturer Charles I.D. Looff arrived in February 1916, purchasing the land immediately south of the Municipal Pier for development.
Looff provided Santa Monica's north beach with its first successful amusements, including the Blue Streak Racer roller coaster. The Hippodrome housed the Pier's Carousel, and the building still stands today with the distinction of being Santa Monica's first National Historic Landmark.
The beautiful Santa Monica Pier offers a variety of entertainment, dining and shopping experiences, including the thrill rides of Pacific Park; a historic 1922 Carousel, and an interactive aquarium. As you stroll the planks of the Pier, enjoy lively street performers - from musicians to artists - and don't miss some of the best sunsets along the California coast.
The Santa Monica Pier is open 365 days a year. Admission is free.