Santa Monica Pier Rides $10 Outing – Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars & Air Hockey

The Santa Monica Pier is open year round and admission to the pier is always free! Ride the Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel for only $5 for adults and $3 for children age 7 and under.

Generally the price of rides cost $5 for adults and $3 for children including the “Pacific Wheel” Ferris Wheel, “West Coaster” Rollercoaster and “Sig Alert EV” Bumper cars.

Santa Monica Pier - Ferris Wheel & Rollercoaster

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All Day Unlimited Ride Wristband

Adults and Kids 8+ are $24.95 -
Purchase Adult Wristband online
(Includes a complimentary $5.00 game play card)

Kids 7 and under are $16.95 -
Purchase Child Wristband online
(Includes a complimentary $5.00 game play card)

The Best Deal Around – Annual Pass

Get an annual pass unlimited ride wristband for adults and children for only $99!

Santa Monica Pier Hours

The Santa Monica Pier operating hours vary throughout the year. It is best to check the Santa Monica Pier Pacific Park calendar for ride operation details. Call Pacific Park at 310-260-8744 for more information.

Santa Monica Pier Parking

There is parking on the pier and in the parking lot north of the pier. Cheap short term parking is available right at the base of the pier off of Appian Way. $1.00 per hour; maximum 2 hours. Winter Hours: 7am – 4pm; Summer Hours: 7am – 7pm. 66 spaces available.
ParkingWant to make parking even easier? Reserve a discounted parking spot in advance now.

$10 Outing (Per Person) Budget Breakdown
(family of four)

  • Ferris Wheel – $5 adults; $3 children 7 & under ($16 for family)
  • Bumper Cars – $5 adults; $3 children 7 & under ($16 for family)
  • Parking – $2 (Summer 7am-7pm; Winter 7am-4pm)
  • Food – bring picnic lunch, drinks and snacks
  • Ski-Ball – $0.50 per play (4 games = $2)
  • Air Hockey – $1.00 per game ($4 for family)

= $40 for family of 4 / $10 per person!

General Information

There is no charge to stroll the Santa Monica Pier or wander through the rides and games at the Pacific Park Amusement Park. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the swirling rides above you and crashing waves below the pier.

For more fun, stop in at the Playland Arcade for a couple of games of air hockey at the back of the arcade ($1.00 per game) and Skee-Ball ($0.50 per play).

Don’t forget to stroll to the end of the pier to watch the fishermen in action and maybe even see some phosphorus in the water (video example) at night.

Fly with Trapeze School New York on the Santa Monica Pier

Take flight with the Trapeze School New York located on the Santa Monica Pier. The offer 2-hour daily flying trapeze lessons.

Other classes offered are static trapeze, aerial silks and trampoline are even more affordable, ranging from $25 – $35. Note: These classes are limited to the weekends.

Santa Monica Pier History

Santa Monica Pier Carousel

Santa Monica Pier Carousel

Built in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier sits at the end of Colorado Avenue at Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California. It was designated a Santa Monica Historic Landmark in the summer of 1976.

In 1983 two powerful storms destroyed more than one-third of the pier requiring it to be rebuilt from 1987 – 1990. Pacific Park opened in 1996 and was the first amusement park on the pier since 1930.

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Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

Have you been to the Santa Monica Pier lately or planning to go?
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Lisa created in hopes of inspiring others to take their own journeys. She enjoys a mobile lifestyle by being a freelance web designer. Lisa has traveled for three months in South America exploring Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. She also traveled extensively in the Western United States with highlights including Washington, Utah, Colorado, Montana and South Dakota. Lisa has traveled to Europe three times including her first trip in Europe backpacking for three months of solo-travel.

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