Back in the good old days, the lucky American family could hit Route 66 in Chicago for their annual road trip. Stretching 2,448 miles across vastly changing scenery, Route 66 held some strange attractions. However, at the end of that long stretch of road lies the promised land…Santa Monica Pier.
Opened on September 9, 1909, Santa Monica Pier is home to many restaurants, shops, an aquarium, the original carousel from the 1920s, lots of performers, and most famously, an amusement park. The pier itself is 1600 feet long and boasts amazing views anytime of day, but is especially magical at sunset.
Being semi-local, we are able to visit Santa Monica in the off season and on weekdays. However, if you can only visit on the weekend, be prepared for crowds. In other words, get there early or you’ll be waiting in line for everything.
Santa Monica is such a wonderfully magical place. It’s full of eclectic people and beautiful sights. Having been featured in many movies, television shows, and video games, it’s both foreign and completely familiar the first time you visit. I could really talk about it all day, but I think pictures will do it more justice.
At the aquarium, you can pet the sea stars and other little creatures. That’s our middle daughter pictured above with the braids. Her friend was all about touching them, but she wasn’t so sure.
This past weekend was Little Bean’s 9th birthday. All he wanted was a game for his Xbox and to have lunch on the pier. He was also pretty excited about our first beach day of the season. However, it was about 64 degrees when I snapped this pic. The only people in the water were surfers, in their wet suits, and little kids.
When you visit Santa Monica Pier you never know who might be performing. This particular visit we were blessed by the presence of Jesus….Rock N Roll Jesus, that is.
The next time you are in LA, make sure you stop by the pier at Santa Monica. Or better yet, make a special trip! There are plenty of wonderful hotels, all overlooking the ocean. Santa Monica Pier is just a few minutes from Venice Beach and about 15 minutes from LAX (depending on traffic).