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Picture it: The sun is shining, you're surrounded by palm trees next to the beautiful Pacific Ocean, there's a light breeze and you don't have a care in the world.

The experience is real at the Santa Monica Pier, where groups can truly soak up the sun while having a wild time.

A true Southern California landmark, the Santa Monica Pier has been entertaining visitors since 1909. Today, the entertainment factor still rings true.

The West Coast's only amusement park located on a pier, Pacific Park attracts millions of visitors each year—and it's not hard to see why. With various rides, games, attractions and dining options, there's something for groups of all kinds to partake of. Looking for a view? Hop on the roarin' West Coaster or the iconic Pacific Wheel—and enjoy.

Hungry groups, fear not. Pacific Park has all the funnel cakes, Dippin' Dots, burgers, pizza and popcorn you could want. The Pier also offers some seriously delicious options at the charming Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. seafood restaurant with a down-home style and at Seaside on the Pier, a fresh new restaurant complete with a stellar rooftop bar.

Groups can also head over to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium to get an up-close look at marine life and the work that Heal the Bay does to protect the animals that call the Bay home. With over 100 local species on exhibit, hands-on activities for small-fry groups, and daily educational programs, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is the perfect place for groups to immerse themselves in marine science without getting their feet wet.

Want to learn even more? Groups can listen to the fascinating stories of how the Pier has changed over the past hundred years on a free historic walking tour. The tour doesn't require reservations, so it can conveniently fit into any group's schedule. Simply show up at the Pier Shop at the historic Merry-Go-Round Building before the scheduled tour times and look for the blue-shirted Pier Docents.

Start planning your next group trip at Pacific Park and Santa Monica Pier.

Courtesy of Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

Photo courtesy of @jessekphotos.

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