See the Sea from a Ferris Wheel
The Santa Monica Pier is one of the great California mini-amusement parks and carnivals still entertaining crowds. This beautiful city landmark in the heart of Santa Monica, right on the Los Angeles coastline, offers great rides and attractions, food stands and restaurants, souvenir stores and shopping, and even fishing (bring your own gear for that activity). Despite a long history of amusement piers in California, most burned down long ago (creosote timbers and open fires for cooking do not mix well). There remain several today and the Santa Monica Pier stands out from the others for its modern look and ease of access. Oh, and the views of the Santa Monica bay, the Pacific Ocean, the Channel Islands (on clear days), the palisades, nearby historic Hollywood beach homes and the famous California beach. Our private luxury tour guests, especially those with children, really appreciate our stopping at the pier for a walk and opportunity to take a lot of photographs, maybe even ride on the historic carousel at the foot of the pier.