There are many reasons visitors come to Santa Monica year-round: shopping, beaches, restaurants, entertainment, and the fun and casual vibe. Even those lucky enough to call Santa Monica home feel like they are on a continuous vacation. One of the most bright and visible forms of entertainment is the world famous Pacific Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier. The Ferris Wheel was introduced at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893, by George Washington Gale Ferris. Although this ride has been around a long time now, only recently have these “wheels” become landmarks nationwide from Las Vegas to Texas to Brooklyn.
Santa Monica’s Pacific Wheel is one of the few (and possibly only) solar-powered wheels in the world. At night it lights up with 160,000 energy-saving LED light bulbs in the most beautiful colors and patterns. Travel & Leisure magazine recently named it among the coolest Ferris Wheels in the world. And at $5.00 a ticket, you can soar 130 feet above Santa Monica Bay and gaze down at the pier which also houses a carousel from the 1920s, an aquarium, shops, an arcade, a trapeze school, restaurants and of course the Pacific Park Amusement Park, which is home to the Pacific Wheel. Wishing you a wonderful visit to Santa Monica, where you can celebrate summer all year long!