The Santa Monica Pier has undergone an incredible turn around. It’s so family friendly and is absolutely the best place to take your kids on a Saturday afternoon. The food is good, the games are good, and of course, there is the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium! In no small part this is all due to Ben Franz-Knight, who runs the Pier and has been a huge force behind its transformation. Ben’s leaving to go run Pike Place up in Seattle (another must do if you haven’t been there), and we’ll miss him!