Review: Pacific Park – Santa Monica, CA

Grab the sunscreen, pack the kids in the car, and get ready to have some fun at Pacific Park – The Family Amusement Park on the Santa Monica Pier.  As LA’s only admission free amusement park, Pacific Park is the West Coast’s only amusement park located on a pier.  This iconic park has been seen in countless movies and TV shows through the years.  There are rides, games, and tons of fun things to see and do.

Let’s start with the rides.  Ticket prices range from $3.00 per ride to $5.00 per ride.  The best value, however, is the unlimited ride wristband for $15.95 for 7 years and below or $21.95 for 8 years and up.  The Pacific Wheel is the huge Ferris Wheel that can be seen for miles.  This is a must do if you want a panoramic view of the Southern California coastline more than 130 feet above the pier.  Older kids and thrill seekers will enjoy the West Coaster, Sea Dragon, and Pacific Plunge.  Younger visitors as well as those who don’t want the extreme rides will be drawn to Inkie’s Wave Jumper, Inkie’s Pirate Ship, Inkie’s Air Lift, Inkie’s Scrambler, Sig Alert EV, Sea Planes, Crazy Submarine, and the always popular Frog Hopper.

If you want a break from the rides, check out the many midway games and food options.  Try for a prize then grab some pizza, a taco, or even iced coffee and take a stroll around the pier.  There are so many souveniers to choose from its hard to what to take home.  Just browsing is fun too.  To get the layout of the pier, go to the website and download the park map to help you prepare for your trip.  You will also find cool discounts, party information, and details on location shoots for movies, commercials, or music videos.  There is even a Pacific Park app for your phone.

Taking a trip to Santa Monica Pier and visiting Pacific Park should be at the top of your vacation list when you are in Southern California.  There is something for the whole family to enjoy together.  I know we are anxious to go  back to Pacific Park- The Family Amusement Park on the Santa Pier as soon as we can!!

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