LA Living: Exploring the Santa Monica Pier

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Before I moved to LA, I didn’t realize how many pop culture references there were to The City of Angels. Remember LaCienega Boulevardez from The Proud Family? Turns out that one of the main streets in LA is called La Cienega Boulevard. I remember having to do a double take at my phone when Google Maps told me to make a turn onto La Cienega Boulevard for the first time. Also remember the pier called Ocean Shores on Rocket Power? Well that’s based off of The Santa Monica Pier, which just so happens to be one of my favorite places in LA. And no, it’s not infested with Shoebies like the pier in Rocket Power (if you’re a 90s Nickelodeon baby then you probably got that old school reference). Today I’m sharing some of my favorite parts about The Santa Monica Pier and some tips to keep in mind during your next visit.

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The Santa Monica Pier is always a fun trip. It’s also a great place to get fresh funnel cake AND fresh churros aka my two favorite fried treats. I’ve actually gone to the pier many times with the sole intention of satisfying my funnel cake craving *don’t judge me!*. On top of being a good place to get your funnel cake fix, Santa Monica Pier is a lively tourist destination just steps from shops, the beach, and yummy restaurants. What’s not to love about that?

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Personally, I also think the rides are super fun. They’re definitely not thrillers at all but you’ll still have a good time. I only find the ferris wheel and the roller coaster as must rides. After that, my next favorites are the the swinging ship and the spinning shark ride. If you’re bringing kids or want to try everything then get a wristband (you can save $$ on these by pre-paying online). The rides are $8.50 each so if you plan on doing more than one, it may be worthwhile to just get a wristband.

The beach is literally a flight of steps down the pier so be sure to bring sandals for walking on the sand.  Also the pier doesn’t have a smooth path and when you’re walking towards the main road there’s a slightly steep hill. Keep your heels and wedges at home, I promise your feet will be thanking me.

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I went to the pier with my cousin last week. As I mentioned in my most recent Life Lately Post, I have NOTHING in my closet. I got this new top from Old Navy and I’m seriously loving it. I got it in white and the bright floral and chose to wear the floral one to the pier. I usually don’t care for trends but I’m loving the ruffle + off the shoulder look that has been so popular lately. If you’re interested in shopping my outfit, use the widget below!

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I used to want to live in Santa Monica but the crowds, traffic and high prices have convinced me otherwise. However, it’s still one of my favorite places to shop and play. If you loved this post, then definitely follow me on Instagram (@threethousandmiles) where you can keep up with my whereabouts and my LA adventures!

xo, Trisha

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