Welcome to the Santa Monica Pier!
Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean at the intersection of Ocean and Colorado, it symbolizes the heart of Santa Monica and is one of the most photographed locations in the world. Discover more than just a Pier, we are a destination where people come together to enjoy local culture and to reconnect with the Pier’s storied past. Whether you are here to take in the incredible views, ride Pacific Park’s Ferris Wheel, hosting an event, or joining us for another family-friendly activity, we can’t wait to welcome you to the Santa Monica Pier.
The Santa Monica Pier, which opened in 1909, was once known as the final stop on the famed Route 66 that originally ran from Chicago to LA. Now, the pier is the most picturesque spot in Santa Monica and features a bevy of attractions, such as amusement park rides, kitschy restaurants and a calendar of events that includes big-name concerts, fireworks displays and huge holiday parties. Instagram-fanatics will find plenty of selfie spots for the maximum amount of likes on this Pacific Ocean point.
Stroll Along the Pier
Enjoy a walk down the Pier and experience the breathtaking views amidst the sounds of crashing waves and the ocean breeze. Whether you’re looking for a romantic stroll, or just want to hang out with a group of friends, make sure to stop, take a breath, smell the salty air, and enjoy the atmosphere only the Santa Monica Pier can provide.
Is the Santa Monica Pier Open?
We’re back! The Santa Monica Pier has reopened for visitors Weekdays from 6am-10pm.
Is the beach open?
YES! The beach is now open.
What are the hours for the Santa Monica Pier?
The Santa Monica Pier is open Daily from 6AM to 10PM.
Do I need a face covering for Pier & Beach?
At this time, state guidelines require masks in all indoor areas, as well as recommend masks for visitors who have not been vaccinated when visiting busy places like the Santa Monica Pier. (https://covid19.ca.gov/masks-and-ppe/)
Where can I park?
The Pier parking deck is closed, but the “beach lot” at 1550 Appian Way (Lot 1 North) is open! You can also park at the Downtown Public Parking Structures or Beach Lot 4-South (Bicknell and Ocean). Guests are encouraged to take public transportation, bikes, rideshare or park at the Downtown Santa Monica lots.
What can I do at the Santa Monica Pier?
With a carousel, an arcade, an amusement park, a trapeze school, restaurants and a summer outdoor concert series, the Santa Monica Pier offers a wide range of activities for the whole family.
When will shops, amusements and restaurants reopen?
The Pier businesses are open. Please contact the business directly for updates, hours, menus and more.
Is the amusement park open?
Pacific Park has resumed ride operations. Please visit https://pacpark.com/hours/ for the current operating schedule.
Is the merry-go-round open?
The historic merry-go-round is open Monday, Thursday-Sunday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Is there food on the beach?
Yes, Perry’s Cafe & Beach Rentals has 9 locations on the beach, including 4 directly to the North & South of the Pier. They have takeout and outdoor seating options available. Visit their website for more information.
Is fishing allowed at the Santa Monica Pier?
Yes fishing is allowed on the Santa Monica Pier.
Accessible Parking, Elevators, and Ramps?
Accessible parking can be found in Beach Lot 1 North. These spaces are nearby the publicly accessible elevator located at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, 301 Santa Monica Pier. The elevator is available to the general public during the restaurant's operating hours, and is not exclusive to their customers. Accessible parking is also permitted at Lot 1-S 1640 Appian way. These spaces are near the wheel-chair accessible ramps via the eastern side of the Pier. Posted parking rates apply to all lots.
I am a street performer or interested in being a street performer – where do I go for the lottery? Can I perform on the Santa Monica Pier?
Yes street performers are allowed on the Pier. For lottery guideline information click here.
I am a Pier vendor, cart operator, or employee – where do I go?
All deliveries and employees must enter the Pier from Ocean Front Walk next to the Heal the Bay Aquarium. Be prepared to show proof of employment at the pier including an employee ID or uniform. Vendors and delivery personnel may be required to show a work order or bill of laden. If you have questions, you should call your employer or the business you are trying to reach.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes friendly doggos on leash are welcome on the Pier, but not on the beach. Please clean up after fido!
Can I smoke on the Pier?
Don’t even think about it! D: We really like our 100 year-old wooden Pier and want to see it here for another 100+ years.
Where’s the Aquarium?
It’s true - we have one! And it's awesome. Heal The Bay Aquarium is currently open Thursday-Sunday from 12pm-4pm
Can I rent bikes?
Absolutely! Blazing saddles and Santa Monica Bike Share are right here.
Do you have lockers for rent?
There are no lockers or personal storage space on the Pier.
Who do I contact for lost and found?
Please check in with either the Harbor Guards or Police Substation. Harbor Guard Office: 310-458-8695 Police Substation: 310-458-8450
How far is the Pier from LAX?
We are about 9miles/14.5km away from LAX. Depending on traffic conditions (which are famously unfavorable - it’s LA!), it would be a 30-45 minute drive.
How far is the Pier from the 3rd Street Promenade?
Our buddies at 3rd Street are about a 10 minute walk away!