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Valentine’s Day in Santa Monica: Ride a Ferris Wheel, Share a Treat, and be Serenaded by the Beach

Valentine's Day at Santa Monica Pier
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The Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier is often picked as a top spot for first dates and receives accolades as being one of the most romantic places in Los Angeles. The Pacific Wheel is a can’t-miss spot in USA Today’s “The Romantic Places for Couples in Los Angeles” and Westways magazine cites the Ferris wheel as one of Los Angeles’ “Great Places to Make a Romantic Proposal.” In fact, the Park receives weekly inquiries from romantic hopefuls about the best way to pop “the question” at the top of the Ferris wheel, and how to best capture the Wheel’s light programs in engagement photographs from those who have already set a wedding date.

On Valentine’s Day, Pacific Park steps up the romance on the Pier:

  • A heart-themed light program on the Ferris wheel
  • Live music from viola player Daniel Morris
  • A special funnel cake offer for couples who ride the Ferris wheel together


The Pacific Wheel’s Valentine’s Day Light Program

The week of Valentine’s Day, couples can enjoy a unique light program on the Pacific Wheel featuring hearts, kissing emojis, and special Valentine’s Day messages. The light program begins at dusk nightly and runs until midnight. The lights can be seen from the beach and through the windows of several romantic restaurants along the beach including Casa del Mar and The Lobster. For those wanting a more low-key Valentine’s Day, you can pitch a blanket out on the sand and enjoy the lights right by the water. We recommend the beach just south of the Pier for the best viewing. If you can’t make it all the way out to Santa Monica, all of our light programs are streamed live on our webcams.


Daniel Morris

Romantic Music on the Santa Monica Pier

Daniel Morris is an LA-based musician best known as a featured performer on The Santa Monica Pier, State Street in Santa Barbara , and Universal City Walk. Daniel plays the viola, a string instrument that is typically played with a bow and is slightly larger than a violin and has a lower and deeper sound. He loves mixing classical viola with contemporary pop music, creating and bringing new life to the viola with his unique, avant garde style. Daniel will be performing the evening of Valentine’s Day inside Pacific Park for riders on the Ferris wheel.


Funnel Cake - Photo by @delacruzz

Share a Funnel Cake with your Sweetheart

As an added treat for couples coming to the Santa Monica Pier for a romantic night-time ride on the Ferris wheel, Pacific Park is offering a limited deal on a powdered-sugar funnel cake. For two riders on the Wheel, the funnel cake can be purchased for only $5 (normally $9). This deal is only offered on the evening of Valentine’s Day at the Pacific Park ticket booth when purchasing two single ride cards for the Pacific Wheel.

Subscribers to The Loop received an exclusive offer for a free funnel cake. To be included on future offers, sign up for the Loop today.


Whether coming to the Park to meet a first date matched on your dating app or rekindling a life-long romance, Pacific Park can’t be beat. Couples can cuddle at the top of the Pacific Wheel, win each other giant stuffed animals from the midway, and share in an indulgent treat. Bring your significant other to the Park on your next date and you may just find that spark of romance waiting out here by the sea.



Featured image courtesy of @steffanyluany, heart on Wheel image courtesy of @de.herrera, Daniel Morris courtesy of, and funnel cake image courtesy of @_delacruzz.

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