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<p>One of the most popular attractions in Southern California, the Santa Monica Pier draws 4 million tourists, locals and fishermen each year. It is home to Pacific Park, route: {:controller=>"listings", :id=>"pacific-park", :action=>"show"} --> (which opened in 1996), the aquarium, the <!-- name: carousel, the Harbor Office, shops, restaurants and bars. The pier also hosts a wide range of activities and events, including the Twilight Dance Series - free concerts held Thursday nights during the summertime.</p>
<p>There is no admission to enter the pier, nor is a license needed to fish there. Bikes are allowed, as are leashed dogs, but barbeques are not.</p> <p>Since its original opening on September 9, 1909, the Santa Monica Pier has gone through a variety of incarnations and the property has exchanged hands many times. The Hippodrome, which contains the carousel, was the city's first National Historic Landmark.</p> <p>Examples of the pier's rich history include Popeye, who was fashioned after a pier employee; Muscle Beach, which was originally located just off the pier; Cirque de Soleil, the first U.S. location of which was near the pier; and the first-ever beach-volleyball doubles tournament, which was held at the courts by the pier. Also, the first-ever live TV broadcast of a variety show - the KTLA program "Hoffman's Hayride" - was conducted at the pier.</p> <p>The pier is managed and promoted by the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, a nonprofit benefit corporation established in 1983.</p>
200 Santa Monica Pier # A, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8900
  • Fax: 310-656-1698
  • Hours: Daily, 24 hrs
  • Accessible: yes
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