Santa Monica Pier Carousel 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA90401 The 413,056-square-foot pier includes the historic carousel, designed by Charles Looff in 1916, one of the original…More designers of the Santa Monica Pleasure Pier. Many movies have been filmed using the carousel, including Beverly Hills Cop and The Net. The historical Santa Monica landmark is housed inside so it may be enjoyed year round. The merry-go-round is one of the few surviving all-wooden carousels in the world—less than 70 continue to operate today. The fanciful and elegant old machine, with its painted ponies and chariots, lights, brass poles and mirrors, turns as smoothly now as ever thanks to constant care and maintenance.