22 Delightful Santa Monica Pier Pictures

The Santa Monica Pier has been enjoyed by visitors and residents for over 100 years. Pacific Park, the local amusement park, is one of the main attractions there, featuring a Ferris wheel, carousel, and many other activities that entertain and delight its guests. The park along with restaurants, shops, and a variety of shows and concerts throughout the warmer months makes Santa Monica Pier a popular destination to visit.

The attractions, large pier, and gorgeous sunsets also make this location a popular spot for photography. From taking pictures of the waves and beams underneath the pier to setting up a solid long exposure composition of the sunset and pier, there are plenty of opportunities to walk away with a great image. You’ve only got so many sunsets in life and photographers should consider spending a few of them at the Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica Pier

Here are 22 pictures of the Santa Monica Pier that will make you want to spend time there with your camera someday. Sunset is a popular time to take long exposure images of the Ferris wheel with a beautiful sky in the background, but the area offers many interesting features throughout the day that would make great shots as well.

Smart Destinations – Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier
Smart Destinations - Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

Pacheco – Santa Monica Pier, Ca – at Sunset
Pacheco - Santa Monica Pier, Ca - at Sunset

Pacheco – Santa Monica Pier at Sunrise – Lost Transmissions
Pacheco - Santa Monica Pier at Sunrise - Lost Transmissions

ilirjan rrumbullaku – Santa Monica Pier
ilirjan rrumbullaku - Santa Monica Pier

dziambel – Santa Monica pier
dziambel - Santa Monica pier

Maëlick – Santa Monica Pier
Maëlick - Santa Monica Pier

Maëlick – Santa Monica Pier's Floor
Maëlick - Santa Monica Pier's Floor

Prayitno – Santa Monica Pier
Prayitno - Santa Monica Pier

Rex Boggs – Santa Monica Pier
Rex Boggs - Santa Monica Pier

Ma Zannon – Santa Monica Pier
Ma Zannon - Santa Monica Pier

João André O. Dias – Waves rollin' in
João André O. Dias - Waves rollin' in

Andrew Hart – Final Movement
Andrew Hart - Final Movement

David Kosmos Smith – Santa Monica Pier, California
David Kosmos Smith - Santa Monica Pier, California

Pacheco – Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica Ca
Pacheco - Santa Monica Pier - Santa Monica Ca

Pacheco – The memory Seeker, Santa Monica Pier, Ca
Pacheco - The memory Seeker, Santa Monica Pier, Ca

Ian D. Keating – Pacific Park Sunset
Ian D. Keating - Pacific Park Sunset

Pacheco – Santa Monica Pier, Ca – Earthshaker and the winds of change
Pacheco - Santa Monica Pier, Ca - Earthshaker and the winds of change

Kevin Dooley – Pier review
Kevin Dooley - Pier review

Marc Cooper – Santa Monica Pier
Marc Cooper - Santa Monica Pier

João André O. Dias – The rides
João André O. Dias - The rides

Irina Patrascu – Santa Monica
Irina Patrascu - Santa Monica

DualD FlipFlop – Santa Monica Pier
DualD FlipFlop - Santa Monica Pier