Can’t believe there are only 3 days left for 2017! I usually celebrate the holidays with friends and family, except this year I had a simple intimate Christmas just 3 of us. But on Christmas Eve, we decided to join thousands of local residents and tourists, paid a visit to the iconic, century-old Santa Monica Pier, that’s perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
The pier contains Pacific Park, a family amusement park with its one-of-a-kind, solar-powered LED Ferris wheel. Unfortunately, Sydney didn’t meet the minimum height requirements of 36″ for all the rides, but it was still very pleasant to just stroll through Santa Monica Pier’s Pacific Park and watch all the kids having fun.
Luckily, there was the historic carousel that’s home to a wooden family of animals consisting of 44 horses, 1 rabbit, 2 sleighs, and 1 goat. The Santa Monica Pier Carousel was built in the 1920s by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and has been housed in the Hippodrome since 1947. I have to say, it was the cheapest carousel ride that I had ever purchased! The ticket costs $2 for adults, $1 for kids, and is FREE for children 2 years or younger. 🙂 You can either ride with your child on the same stationed horse on the outer row, or stand right next to him/her on the wooden horses that go up and down located on the inner 2 rows.
What I love about the Santa Monica Pier is that besides the amusement park and the carousel, there’s an aquarium, shops, a video arcade, a trapeze school, pubs, and restaurants here also. It is a great place to visit for people of all ages, really! In addition, there are many street performers who will keep you entertained. One of my favorite things to do is just sit on the stair bleachers at the end of the pier and enjoy the magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean, while listening to music performed by these street artists.
Once the sun goes down, Pacific Park will be lit up in LED, and the fun continues throughout the night. During the summer months, Santa Monica Pier is the venue for weekly outdoor concerts, movies, and other family-friendly activities, many of which are free to the public.
When you are all done with the activities on the pier, you should definitely take a walk on the beach. View the iconic Santa Monica Pier from a distance just like how you see on all the postcards. The sunset on the beach during this time of the year is just breathtaking. The sky turns from blue to violet, and all of sudden everything you see has a soft pink glow to it. It’s just so beautiful and romantic.
So be sure visit Santa Monica Pier when you are visiting LA next time. You will not be disappointed! 🙂
Always with LOVE,