This mini–amusement park provides the centerpiece of the Santa Monica Pier. The park itself comprises a large ferris wheel, a dragon swing, a small roller coaster, an action ride theater and a number of other rides geared toward children. Take a refreshing ride on the carousel, ride the giant wheel or enjoy a nice meal at the food arena. A host of free shows can also be seen at Pacific Park, including concerts, karaoke, animal shows and more. Built in 1988 after a storm destroyed the end of the pier, the park has been the center of pier activity ever since. It is also an ideal venue for private events and parties. Hours are seasonal.