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The Top 5 Fun Things to Do at the Santa Monica Pier!
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If you find yourself staying in  hotels near Santa Monica Pier  this summer, get ready for a good time, as there is always something to do! There are many opportunities for shopping and dining, however, be sure to go to the Santa Monica Pier where fun times are waiting for you, your family, and friends. 

If you love music, then be sure to check out the Twilight Concert Series at the pier. All through the summer, various artists from a wide range of genres will come to the pier and give audiences a FREE concert! That’s right, every Thursday night from 7–10pm, there will be a FREE concert at the pier! Some of the genres include beach rock, alternative rock, reggae, soul, Latin, and even Arabic electro! Make a day of it, go to the beach, and stake your spot before the concert begins. 
While you’re at the pier, be sure to visit Pacific Park – the amusement park right on the beach – and get on all the rides to get your adrenaline up and going! There are all the classics such as a Ferris wheel, a Scrambler, bumper cars, and the West Coaster roller coaster ride. You can purchase an unlimited ride wristband for $24.95 or $16.95 for children 7 years of age and younger. If you do not want a wristband, you can buy single tickets that are either $6 or $4, depending on the ride. Throughout the summer, the park is usually opened from 11am – 11pm. 
If you’re looking to educate family and friends while having fun, visit the Santa Monica Aquarium ! Located just below the Carousel at the Pier, come by to the marine-education center and see over 100 species of marine plants and animals that are found at Santa Monica. You can even get the chance to watch a shark feeding! The aquarium is open on Tuesdays through Fridays from 2–6pm and Saturday through Sunday from 12:30–6pm. 
All the fun and excitement might get you hungry, but don’t worry, there’s always someplace great to eat on the pier. Bubba Gump’s is a local favorite where you can go for all your shrimp and seafoodneeds! If you love shrimp, this is definitely the place to go. If you’re looking for something else, try out Mariasol Mexican restaurant, also at the pier. Known for their mega grande margaritas, the restaurant also serves authentic Mexican food and outdoor dining, so you can enjoy the view of the beach while you eat.

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