Shop, play and scarf down fair food at the Santa Monica Pier, one of Los Angeles's biggest attractions.
There's really nothing you can't do at the Santa Monica Pier. This popular destination features some of the best places to shop, play, and eat. Find arcade games for kids, amusement rides, swim, surf, bike along the coast; you can even have your portrait painted by a local boardwalk artist, but be prepared for a funky outcome. And while it is a hot spot for tourists, there are plenty of locals around having just as much fun. Look out for special events, such as the Twilight Concert Series that are hosted at the Pier in the summer, and many more. One thing you can count on when visiting the Santa Monica Pier is that there will always be something to do, whether you're eating a massive plate of deep-fried funnel cake, shopping for souvenirs along the boardwalk or simply basking in the Southern California sun, you won't be disappointed. Take in the beautiful view of the iconic 130-feet tall, solar-powered Ferris Wheel ($5 per ride), and be sure to do so at sunset when the views are truly breathtaking and magical.