Enjoy a summer afternoon at Santa Monica Pier

As you settle into one of the homes for sale in Los Angeles, you'll likely be busy unpacking, getting acclimated to the area and conversing with outlets such as the utilities companies and Department of Motor Vehicles. Once you get all of the loose ends tied up, you'll finally get the opportunity to have some fun and enjoy the moderate summer weather.

Consider taking advantage of a warm, sunny day by exploring Santa Monica Pier. Located approximately 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, this is arguably the best way to spend a summer afternoon in Southern California and get a feel for the area's laid-back culture.

The Santa Monica Pier is a favorite among young adults for drinks and a lively atmosphere, but it's also a popular destination for family-friendly amusement. Many kids love riding the historic 1922 carousel and rollercoaster or playing classic carnival games, while mom and dad will surely enjoy having a bite to eat at one of the many full-service restaurants. You can also visit the Heal the Bay Aquarium or simply play along the surf at the beach.

You can choose to park in one of the many nearby public parking lots or you may be able to access one of the limited two-hour meter spots along the streets. The Santa Monica Pier is located at 2000 Santa Monica Pier.