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Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

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The Santa Monica Pier is the oldest pleasure pier on the west coast. It's the premier beach attraction Santa Monica has to offer. You will find on the Pier the historic Looff Hippodrome building and carousel, the spectacular rides and games of the new Pacific Park, shops, restaurants and a fishing balcony. Sometimes there are free concerts during the summer. For information; the Pier Restoration Corporation (310) 458-8900.

At the Looff Hippodrome Building, on the Santa Monica Pier there is a 1922 Philadelphia Toboggan carousel which was brought to the Pier in 1946. The 44- original hand-painted horses were restored in 1981 and were featured in the movie "The Sting" with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Rides are not expensive.

Pacific Park, also on the Santa Monica Pier is a open park with a tall Ferris wheel, an oceanfront rollercoaster and many more nice things which make an ideal place for you and your family to visit.

Underneath the Pier is the UCLA Discovery Center, it is a high-tech, interactive which concentrates on the ecology of the Pacific Ocean. Admission is $3. The Center is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays only from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. During the summer Tuesday-Friday 3 - 6 p.m. Call (310) 393-6149 for information.

There is an international Chess Park on the beachfront, feel free to join in for a play as it is suitable for beginners and experts.

Palisades Park is the most well known of all Santa Monica's parks. From this spot you can overlook the Pacific Ocean, offering a beautiful view of the Bay from Palos Verdes Peninsula to Malibu. You can enjoy the green surroundings and marvel at the vieuw.

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