On this historic pier, originally built in 1909, you can ride a menagerie of horses, a rabbit and a goat…via a wooden carousel that has been a mainstay here since the 1940s.
You can channel your inner Cirque du Soleil acrobat by taking trapeze or aerial lessons in the heart of the pier – soaring high above the street musicians, fishermen and tourists below.
And you can enjoy a sunset by the beach while perched 130 ft (40 m) above the ocean on the Pacific Wheel, the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, which is gilded with 160,000 LED lights that are quite the sight to see come nightfall.
Carousel $2; LA Trapeze School $35-$87; Pacific Wheel $8
Attraction hours vary
1-hour historical walking tours of the pier are held Sat-Sun, 11am and noon (12pm). Meet at the Pier Shop in the carousel building and look for a docent wearing a blue shirt.
DO NOT swim in the ocean near the pier; the water quality there is among the worst in the state. Instead, swim further north or south of the pier, where the water quality is great.