When first built during early 1900's, the Huntington Beach Pier instantly became a hit. The pier provided a great place to fish, stroll and connection to new attractions such as a salt water plunge. Some things never change! The Huntington Beach Pier continues to provide a great place to stroll, fish, dine, and watch the sea below. While only one special event is held specifically on the pier each year (Huck Finn Fishing Derby for kids in August,) the 4th of July Fireworks displays are launched there, and thousands of people pack onto the pier to watch events such as the U.S. Open of Surfing in July -August, and Duck-a-thon in May.
There are three buildings on the pier containing stores. One is Surf City Store, selling souvenir t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, and gifts. Kite Connection sells all things kites. And Let's Go Fishing is a bait & tackle shop for all your pier fishing needs. In addition, Ruby's Diner at the end of the pier is a two story, ocean-view restaurant with a casual, beach themed atmosphere that includes red vinyl booths and great hamburgers, salads, milk shakes and dinner plates.
On the Huntington Beach Pier are benches to sit and watch the waves, periscopes to get views of distant piers elsewhere (Seal Beach Pier and Newport Pier sometimes can be seen a few miles away,) dolphins, migrating whales, boats, freighters, and oil platforms offshore, plus the close-ups of Catalina Island 26 miles away.
Huntington Beach Pier is open daily from around 5 a.m. to midnight. Fishing on the pier is free and there are basins to wash your fish after you catch them.
Public restrooms are located on the pier, as well. The pier is wheelchair accessible, and lit at night.