Whether you’re planning a special date night or a fun night out with friends, the Santa Monica Pier is a great place to go. Enjoy a relaxing night out with dinner and a stroll or experience a thrill with endless games and attractions. And no matter what you choose to do on the Santa Monica Pier at night, you’re in for a great sunset.

Top Things To Do At Night On The Santa Monica Pier

Pacific Park

Pacific Park has a host of rides and attractions for everyone. It’s open til 12AM on Fridays and Saturdays and has late hours on some weeknights and Sundays. Check out the hours of operation for specifics.

Whether you love roller coasters, ferris wheels, spinning rides or interactive games with prizes, there’s something for you at Pacific Park, and entry to the park is free. Find out more about the rides and games, so you can plan out your night in advance. Plus, get an unlimited rides wristband to ride all 12 rides as many times as you’d like.

Watch The Pacific Ferris Wheel’s 85-Foot Light Show

The Pacific Wheel is not only 13 stories high, it’s also the only solar-powered ferris wheel. It’s great to take in the gorgeous views on, but you can’t miss its 85-foot high computer-generated light show – only for the Pier’s night crowd to enjoy. With over 174,000 energy-efficient LED lights, this is not something you want to miss.

Playland Arcade

Whether you love foosball, air hockey, skeeball or arcade games, Playland Arcade is a great place to have fun with a date and with friends. It’s open until 1AM on Fridays and Saturdays and 12AM on Sundays and both you and your inner kid will be thankful that you checked it out.

Santa Monica Pier

Take A Stroll & Enjoy The Views

You can go to the Santa Monica Pier without a real plan and simply just enjoy being there. It’s a great place to walk around, see what catches your eye and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Watching the sunset on the Pier is unbeatable and there are lots of shops to browse through at your leisure. You never know what you’ll find!

Twilight On The Pier In The Fall

For 34 years, this outdoor music festival has been enjoyed by locals, as well as out-of-state visitors. It runs for six weeks in the fall and hosts over 8 million visitors from all over the world. It is filled with music, art, food, drinks, games and activities along the Pier promenade.

There is music for everyone, with everything from world music to pop and indie. Check out the Twilight Spotify Playlist to get a great preview.

Dine At Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café

You can’t miss top-rated Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café for a classic Santa Monica Pier dining experience. Whether you feel like having fish and chips, clam chowder, chili cheese fries or a cheeseburger, Big Dean’s would love to serve you a delicious meal and drinks by the water.

We’re your spot to watch sports and drink beer or relax after enjoying the activities on the Pier. Check out our dining menu to find out what you’ll have at Big Dean’s tonight and like us on Facebook to stay in touch with what’s happening at Big Dean’s!

1615 Ocean Front Walk

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: (310) 393-2666