Enjoy the Santa Monica Pier Year Round
Visiting the Santa Monica Pier is one of the top activities in Los Angeles year round. During summertime, the Pier is packed with people – locals and tourists – who come to go on the amusement park rides (a Ferris wheel and roller coaster) and play fair games. The Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier is a popular summer past-time, as local and world-renowned musicians take to the stage to entertain for free. Winter brings cooler weather to the Pier, as well as fewer crowds and some holiday events to enjoy.
The Pier Has Fun for All Ages
Los Angeles residents and visitors don’t seem to mind the crowds – or the weather – at the Santa Monica Pier, probably because of the relaxed atmosphere and many opportunities that the Pier provides for fun. The wooden Pier, built in 1909, features a huge arcade, small aquarium, vintage carousel, street performers, and the perfect chance to catch the sun set over the water.
After you visit the Pier, consider walking or biking to Venice Beach.