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  • Thursday, May 2, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 4 PM.
  • Thursday, May 9, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 3:30 PM.
  • Wednesday, May 15, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 4 PM.
  • Thursday, May 19, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 6 PM.
  • Thursday, May 23, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 6 PM.
  • Friday, July 12, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public ALL DAY.

🕐 For a full schedule of hours, please check our operating calendar before planning your visit.

Coastal Connections | Jim Harris & Rob Schwenker

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 Welcome to “Coastal Connections,” a unique podcast series recorded high above the shimmering waves on the iconic Pacific Wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. Join us each month for candid conversations between two individuals who play vital roles in the vibrant tapestry of Santa Monica. In this relaxed and unhosted podcast, we explore the rich stories […]

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Sunday July 16 is National Ice Cream Day

Two girls enjoy cones of Lappert's Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Day on July 16 at the Santa Monica Pier
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The Santa Monica Pier has 6 distinct ice creams you can sample on your next visit to the beach You may remember the old lyric: “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” No other place provides you more opportunity for ice cream and screams than the world-famous Santa Monica Pier. With its thrilling, steel-track roller coaster thundering […]

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Nick Gabaldon: A Surfing Pioneer and Cultural Icon of Santa Monica

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In honor of Nick Gabaldon, join us on June 3rd at the Inkwell Tower to celebrate the trailblazing surf pioneer.   WHAT: Nick Gabaldon Day 2023 WHEN: June 3rd, 2023 9 AM – 4:30 PM WHERE: The Historical Inkwell Tower, Tower 20 of Santa Monica Beach   Santa Monica, California, is known for its stunning beaches and vibrant surf culture. […]

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Foggy Santa Monica Weather

A fisherman on the Santa Monica Pier with the skyline obscured by a dense marine layer - Photo by @daniel_flores333
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Santa Monica is a town famous for its sunny beaches and temperate climate, so why is the sky so grey and full of gloom in the spring time? The weather in Santa Monica during the spring is typically mild or moderate with average high temperatures ranging from 66°F to 70°F, and average low temperatures ranging from 52°F to 59°F. The […]

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Pacific Park To Retire Original Sea Dragon, Debuts All-New, Improved Sea Dragon Swinging Amusement Park Ride

The bright green Sea Dragon ride swings with riders at the Santa Moncia Pier
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After delighting guests with more than 12 million rides at the Santa Monica Pier, the 6,000 pound, 26 feet long, bright green Sea Dragon is taking its last ride into retirement with an epic helicopter flight across the Santa Monica Bay. The original Sea Dragon ride opened with Pacific Park on May 26, 1996, and after carrying more than 12 […]

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Valentine’s Day wheel lighting on the Santa Monica Pier

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The Pacific Wheel will once again light up for love this Valentine’s Day weekend with a special light program that features hearts and fun emojis. Angelenos can enjoy a romantic ride on a 90-foot-tall Ferris wheel while hearing the sweet sounds of waves crashing and catching the beautiful sights of hearts and love emojis in lights all on Valentine’s Day, [...] Read More

A History of Lowriders in Los Angeles

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From Tijuana to the Santa Monica Pier, lowriders remain a pillar for the Mexican American communities & an essential preservation of their history. With the introduction of the Santa Monica Pier’s Local's Night, a lot of our west-side natives were able to get an up-close look at the lowriders from Venice. Although the site is common for those who grew [...] Read More

Win Big for the Christmas Collection of Squishmallows

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You can win one of the Christmas Collection Squishmallows that are finally back at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier! Play a game of speed and skill to win a prize at Pacific Park. These special prizes come in a few sizes and the more you win, the bigger they get! Check out a few that we currently have [...] Read More

Spooky Halloween Lights at the Santa Monica Pier

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The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit orange, red, with Halloween emojis, sugar skulls, and jack-o-lanterns from Friday, October 28 to Wednesday, November 2 in recognition of Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. Halloween is an annual celebration observed in many countries on 31 October as a time to remembering loved ones who have passed as well as [...] Read More

‘Save The Pier’ Campaign Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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A proposed 35-acre artificial island in the middle of Santa Monica Bay would have resulted in the demolition of the beloved Santa Monica Pier leading to a community revolt in 1972. The last 50 years are proof that grassroots efforts do pay off and that you can fight City Hall. To showcase the events of two groups of passionate citizens [...] Read More