Pacific Park is a full-service amusement park located on the Pier with rides and attractions for kids and adults, including such unique rides and activities as a five-story West Coaster roller coaster, the nine-story Pacific Plunge tower ride, the only over-water miniature golf course, and the nine-story Pacific Wheel ferris wheel – the only over-water ferris wheel in California, and the first solar-powered wheel in the world.
The Trapeze School of New York (TSNY) offers up a high-flying, fun-filled experience on the Santa Monica Pier. There are opportunities for everyone, from the thrill-seeker to fear-facer, athlete to couch potato, casual flyer to serious aerialist. Classes are two hours long and are taught in groups of up to 10 people. No prior experience is necessary.
This wide, paved footpath extends south from the Pier and is lined with shops and restaurants. The kids will love the stone-walled sandbox with a concrete Viking ship in its midst. An interactive dragon’s head looming in the grass nearby rounds out this children’s attraction.
A row of volleyball courts is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A National Historic Landmark, the 1922 Looff Hippodrome Carousel is where Paul Newman worked in The Sting.
The Playland Arcade is packed with over 200 games and attractions, from the classic to the contemporary. Play PacMan while your kids try out Dance-Dance Revolution… or vice versa.
The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is located at beach level under the historic Carousel. Featuring hands-on presentations and interactive exhibits, the Aquarium is a part of Santa Monica’s own “Heal the Bay” program, an initiative to educate, inspire and empower its visitors to be stewards of the environment.