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Family-friendly day of fun at Santa Monica Pier

Beautiful nighttime picture of the Ferris Wheel at Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Whether you're a local of the SoCal area or just visiting in Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Pier is one of the most famous and budget-friendly activities you can find. Full with fun, family-friendly activities like the Arcade, the Pacific Park or the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and, food stands and restaurants like Pier Burger or the well-known Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., a day at the Santa Monica Pier promises to be a great one. Plus, what could be best than a day at the Pacific Coast, to just stroll and enjoy some family time.

Before heading there with your family, visit their website where you’ll find an interactive History page, with plenty of interesting information about the pier and how it became what it is today. Also, on their Visit page, you’ll find helpful information about parking at the pier and other logistical insight.

Also, if your budget is not as tight, head down to 3rd Street and treat yourself to a day of shopping at the Promenade! If you're in a tight budget, some window-shopping has never hurt anyone.

So, take a day from the fast-paced life in LA or plan a visit if you're in the area for a limited time, it will be worth your while and you'll have a fun, relaxed day to remember... always. Happy Travels!