Santa Monica Place & Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, California
One of the places that Jim and I went on our anniversary was
Santa Monica, California, where we enjoyed Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place, and the Santa Monica Pier.
Third Street Promenade is an outdoor pedestrian mall and ranks #2 on my all-time list of neatest malls, behind #1 Mall of America in Minneapolis.
At the south end of the Promenade is Santa Monica Place, an upscale shopping center designed by Frank Gehry, who also designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Santa Monica Place is an open-air mall featuring Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, both very unlike your typical Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom stores. Stores at Santa Monica Place specialize in “Southern California beach luxury.”
At the west end of Third Street Promenade is the Santa Monica Pier, opened in 1909 and currently featuring Pacific Park, a family amusement park with a large Ferris Wheel, a carousel built in 1922, an aquarium, entertainers (similar to what you would find in the French Quarter in New Orleans), an arcade, a roller coaster, and restaurants. The pier also has one of the best setups for fisherpeople that I’ve ever seen.
Santa Monica Pier has been featured in many TV programs and movies, including “The Sting,” “Titanic,” “Forrest Gump” (there is a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant on the Pier), “Not Another Teen Movie,” “2012,” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” among others.
Following are some of my pictures taken on October 30, 2012, of Santa Monica Place and Third Street Promenade. Santa Monica Pier will be in my next post.
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