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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s a saying that the second visit is even sweeter than the first.
Hmmm… time to re-visit. I just love the beach, the bike and city combination.
Cappuccino on a warm wintry afternoon. 🙂 Spring is in the air, I can really tell.