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📅 The Santa Monica Pier hosts events year-round so when planning your trip to Santa Monica or looking for things to do on the West Side of Los Angeles, be sure to check our calendar of events for Santa Monica.

Pacific Wheel

The world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel gives visitors a panoramic view of the Southern California coastline from more than 130 feet above the Santa Monica Pier. Measuring 85 feet, the Wheel moves at 2.5 revolutions per minute with intermittent stops to pick up passengers. Features more than 174,000 energy-efficient LED lights that display dynamic, eye-popping computer-generated lighting entertainment in the evenings.

No single riders are allowed on the Pacific Wheel

Single riders on gondola-style Ferris wheels like the Pacific Wheel are prohibited by the manufacturer’s guidelines. Pacific Park abides by all safety protocols issued by the State and ride manufacturers. There are no exceptions to these safety rules.

Guests can ask other park visitors if they would like to ride together. If a guest services associate is available, they can ride along with a guest, although this courtesy is best requested in advance at

See the Pacific Wheel and watch our nightly light programs on our live-streaming webcams.

Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier

Fast Facts

The Pacific Wheel is the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel.

Height Requirement: 42” or under 42″ with adult. All riders above the age of 3 must have a valid ticket or wristband.

State law prohibits single riders on open gondola-style Ferris wheels.

Upcoming Light Programs on the Pacific Wheel

February 14, 2023
  • Special Wheel Lighting: Valentine's Day 2023

    The Pacific Wheel will once again light up for love this Valentine’s Day weekend with a special light program that features hearts and fun emojis.

    February 14, 2023
    February 14, 2023
March 1, 2023
  • Special Wheel Lighting: Red Cross Month

    Pacific Park will be lighting the Pacific Wheel in red and white and displaying the Red Cross emblem during the month of March.

    March 1, 2023
    March 1, 2023
March 17, 2023
  • Special Wheel Lighting: St. Patrick's Day

    The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit green on Friday, March 17 to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

    March 17, 2023
    March 17, 2023