Pacific Park

Best Place to Break Up, August 2011

The tide has turned, and that sparkle you once saw in your loved one’s eyes has faded. But where to let your significant other know that he or she has become significantly less significant? Perched above the waves since 1916, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier provides for almost any breakup reaction. Frustration: A good scream on the roller coaster can help. Rage: Water guns, Whac-A-Mole, and Break-A-Plate should take care of that. Disappointment: Those panoramic ocean views are a subtle suggestion that there are other fish in the sea. And after about 15 minutes of the heavy crowds, you’ll both want nothing more than to get the heck out of there—and go your separate ways. Godspeed.