On Saturday we took full advantage of having no kids and being able to sleep in. We knew that we wanted to check out the World Famous Santa Monica Pier in the morning, hopefully before it was super packed with weekend crowds! Before then, we had to eat and found this great place for brunch called the Blue Daisy.
Another outside meal and it was fantastic. No hangover to cure, but
After that, we parked back at the hotel and walked to the Famous Santa Monica Pier. It wasn’t too busy, but there was an Arnold Schwarzenegger bodybuilding competition going on that was very entertaining and drew quite a few spectators. We walked to the very end of the pier, to the end of Route 66. Standing on top of the ocean, at the end of the pier was peaceful and surprisingly not too busy.
Next was Pacific Park, an amusement park right on the Santa Monica pier! It seemed way more packed than it really was. We got right to the front of the line in just a few minutes to buy tickets for the rides. It was a bit overpriced if you ask me, but the value and the experience was incredible. We got tickets for the roller coaster and the ferris wheel. It was $40 for both of us to ride both rides.
The roller coaster was very different. It’s a metal coaster, but only starts going fast in the middle and at the end. Not very typical of a roller coaster. But it was fun and nostalgic for sure.
The ferris wheel though was great. It offered views of the entire beach, Catalina Island and you could even see Big Bear! The views were spectacular and quite memorable.
After that, we walked the beach and dipped our toes in the Pacific Ocean. It was SOOOO cold! We walked along the ocean for a bit, just listening to the tide before making our way back to the hotel to get ready for dinner and the iHeartRadio ALTerEgo concert.
For dinner, we went to Ye Old Kings Pub. My uncle recommended it to us the night before. We had their Oxford Mules, a twist on a Moscow Mule, and they were delicious. The sausage rolls were flaky and delicious. I actually wasn’t sure I would enjoy them since I am not a fan of sausage, but they were tasty! We both had fish and chips and it was divine. They were flaky as they should be and the fries were crispy and a perfect addition!
The last thing of the night was the concert we were sent there for. We were transported on a shuttle to The Forum in Inglewood. No problems along the way at all. We did arrive a bit late, so we missed twentyonepilots, but they weren’t a big draw for either of us anyways. We were really not surprised to be spending $18 for a 16 oz beer, but we are on vacation. What do you expect?
All of the bands were fantastic. Honestly, it was a picture perfect night. These bands like Rise Against, Weezer and Muse all sounded EXACTLY like they do on the radio. For one band to do that in this age of heavily edited music is amazing, but for 6 to do that blew my mind.
Our night ended with a night walk on the beach. It was so peaceful and quiet. A great ending to a wonderful day.
Have you been to Santa Monica? What was your favorite thing to do? Let me know in the comments!
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