On Saturday, September 15, 2001, TheScreamOnline
Editor-in-Chief Stuart Vail visited the Santa Monica Pier which, among other things, houses a 75-year-old
carousel with 44 hand-crafted horses, and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.
After years of neglect and severe damage from a storm in 1983, the pier was finally rebuilt, and
today sports a very festive and busy carnival atmosphere with a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, arcade
games, restaurants, and plenty of entertainment and fishing.
What you see above is the entrance to the pier off of Ocean Avenue, looking west. The Lobster restaurant on the left commands one of the most spectacular views at the beach. To the right is a cliff-front park which overlooks Pacific Coast Highway, the beach, and the ocean. Down below on the beach to the right of the pier is a large parking lot which is the home of the Cirque du Soleil when it is in town. What follows is a photo essay of a journey from the beginning of the pier to the end, where our Mr. Vail encountered a wonderful surprise.
Walking down to the pier
|Entrance to the rides and games|
|An amazing costume|
|Halfway, looking south|
|Looking back at the Ferris wheel|
|Toward the shore|
|Fishing at the end|
|Looking north toward Malibu|