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Pacific Park

You’re strolling along a pier over the ocean; the surf beneath you barely overpowers the roar and shrieks from the roller-coaster overhead; but the cool, salt air is the perfect complement to the hotdog you’re enjoying. Just past the cotton candy stand a tough-looking barker challenges you to knock down three heavy, steel milk bottles and win a doll; Madame Sofia attempts to lure you into her tent with promises of your future. It is still possible, at the Santa Monica Pier, where Pacific Park is located. A good old-fashioned fun at its best.
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Pacific Park opened on May 26, 1996. Everything is to a smaller scale, the rides are geared more to children than to teenagers and adults, and the classic criss-cross of a wooden coaster is instead the stark, practical columns of a steel coaster.


There are a great number of rides that go over the ocean but just don’t look down or you’ll think of something else scary and like the roller coaster which goes at around 35mph with a relatively short ride but they’ll give you a second one which is kind of nice. The ferris wheel is magnificent and I believe it to be photogenic also, no windows, just the ocean breeze. It allows for a 360° view of Santa Monica, Malibu hills and on a clear day/night – the Palisades.
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For some tourists and visitors the park and the pier has left a deep impression and memories but it didn’t for some. Others said they’ll definitely be back and yet some won’t.
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Experience is really subjective. Whether you enjoyed or didn’t, at least be thankful you get to visit the place and don’t leave a negative mark on its sands.
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There’s a saying that the second visit is even sweeter than the first.
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Hmmm… time to re-visit. I just love the beach, the bike and city combination.

Coffee?
Photo Feb 22, 2 49 51 PM
Cappuccino on a warm wintry afternoon. 🙂 Spring is in the air, I can really tell.

17 Comments

  1. Love the shots!!! Sometimes, Santa Monica feels like nothing, I mean just a little theme park by the beach. Then at times, it makes you really wonder … the essence of the past is present, the color and the charm emulates, and the atypical California people-watching agenda is evident. You definitely captured the charm that is Santa Monica.

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  2. Love your photos… Their vintage look fits perfectly with the art deco ambiance of Santa Monica. Great post, makes us crave a nice walk on the beach!

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  3. Sure looks like a wonderful place to be with a camera, Prem.
    I just love the bicycle shot.
    Beautifully captured.

    Have a great day ahead!

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    • Thanks Lisa… for always taking the time to visit and comment.

      Have a nice day!

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  4. You know I love this. 😉 Excellent words and images, Prem. You’ve really captured the ambiance.

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    • Thanks J, yup the atmosphere there is superb & it’s with high energy.

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    • Thanks! I do love the ambiance there too and I wish I could visit many times a year. 😀 thanks too for the visit.

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  5. No rides for me, I’ll just walk through the park and enjoy the sights and sounds, and most definitely the Starbucks. 😉 Wonderful images! I love the postcard quality processing of the bike against the railing.

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    • It’s one of my favorites, that’s why I posted it last. 🙂 Thanks Lindy for all the likes. Hope you’re having a great start of the week. Happy Monday!

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  6. Bringing back childhood memories here Prem! Not this particular one, but a zillion years ago when I was a kid, these kind of parks were everywhere! Fun post, I enjoyed it a lot. (And the old car was a wonderful touch). I’d like to visit this for old times sake!

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    • I heard there is also one like this in La Jolla Pier in San Diego, that I still have to explore, maybe soon and will photos of course.

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  7. I just love how you described the park experience in the first paragraph. Also, all your photos are great, Prem.
    I really liked visiting Santa Monica, my only disappointment was not getting to see any famous person… 😦
    I would definitely visit again, if I could! And I hope some day I will be able to! Maybe on my way to Hawaii? It’s my dream destination right now.

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    • I really really like the photo with the vintage car. Perfection! And beautiful car!

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      • Thanks my friend, I don’t think you’d see famous people on a crowd like this. 🙂

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