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Los Angeles: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

1. Los Angeles: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Explore the greater Los Angeles area with this hop-on, hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Listen to the narrated tour in 9 languages. Enjoy the view from the open-air, double-decker bus as it takes you through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach. Pick a 24-, 48-, or 72-hour pass, choose 1 of 3 tour loops, or combine them and experience the freedom of a hop-on, hop-off city sightseeing tour. Start from the Starline kiosk or at any of the stops on the list. Board the Hollywood Tour to experience the glitz and glamor of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, including such world-famous sights as Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue shopping district, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Dolby Theater, TCL Chinese Theatre, LACMA, Petersen Automotive Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, and much more. Travel between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica on board the Santa Monica Tour, enjoying stops along the way including Fox Studios, the 3rd Street Promenade, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier. Take a solar-powered Ferris wheel ride at the historic Santa Monica Pier, walk or bike along the marvelous Pacific coast, and enjoy the heaven of shops, restaurants, and attractions at 3rd Street promenade.

Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

2. Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Try something new on your trip to Los Angeles and ride an electric bicycle around the neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice. Hop on a colorful Pedego electric bicycle for a relaxing ride in the sunshine, where you can enjoy the mild warm temperatures of Los Angeles. This 3-hour active and fun bicycle ride lets you choose whether to pedal or not, and takes you to places in the city often unreachable by car or bus. From the cushy seat of your cool comfortable Pedego beach cruiser you will ride along Santa Monica’s award-winning beach to the Marion Davies Guesthouse, Under the Santa Monica Pier, and through Venice to the Venice Canals. You will be accompanied by a storytelling guide with interesting facts about the local art, architecture, and history of the area while you soak in the sun, surf, sand, and ocean breezes. The bicycle allows you to choose your own comfort level between pedaling with 6 gears, using the electric motor power which puts the power completely in your control, or both. All bikes are equipped with state of the art disc brakes. The lithium power assist will ensure that you are never far behind. This 3-hour tour operates daily and is designed for bicycle riders aged 14 years and up who appreciate the joy of riding a bicycle with a surprisingly fun added option.

California Coastline Helicopter Tour

3. California Coastline Helicopter Tour

Glide through the melting sunset over the California Coastline, sweep over the Santa Monica Mountains, or get great views over the exclusive homes of the Pacific Palisades. This is a unique and thrilling 30-minute helicopter tour exploring the Los Angeles Coast. The California Coastline tour is available at any time during the day and is a must for anyone who loves the ocean. Take off from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, heading south to fly over the Santa Monica Mountains and drop down into the spectacular coastal homes of Pacific Palisades. Fly low-level along the world famous beaches of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, and Venice. On your way back to the Airport, you'll fly over the new Getty Center, with its grand architecture appearing ever more dramatic from the sky.

Los Angeles: See LA in a Day on Electric Bikes

4. Los Angeles: See LA in a Day on Electric Bikes

Make the most of your Los Angeles sightseeing with the LA in a Day bike tour. This leisurely paced LA tour includes all the best Los Angeles sightseeing attractions, on an outdoor, fresh-air-filled, unforgettable bike tour. You’ll kick off your LA tour on legendary Route 66 in West Hollywood. From there, you head into one of the richest cities in the world and take a Beverly Hills tour, where you’ll explore some of LA’s most iconic architectural landmarks and celebrity homes and gardens. Then, ride to the scenic West LA neighborhoods of Westwood and Brentwood, leading to the beautiful coastal suburb of Santa Monica, known for its laid-back vibe and welcoming atmosphere. Pause in your LA tour for lunch in eclectic Venice Beach, home of Muscle Beach and LA’s most popular skateboarding park. You'll also take a Venice Canals walking tour before visiting the world’s largest man-made boat harbor in spectacular Marina del Rey. Your Los Angeles tour wraps up with a trip through Culver City, home to famous, historic movie studios and LA’s booming technology sector. Along the way, your expert LA tour guides share insights that bring the sights and sounds of the city to life. Part of what makes this Hollywood tour the best Los Angeles tour is the carefully selected bike routes that avoid major traffic corridors for your enhanced safety.

LA: Santa Monica & Venice Beach Bike Adventure

5. LA: Santa Monica & Venice Beach Bike Adventure

Discover what makes Santa Monica and Venice Beach such alluring beach destinations by going on a bike ride led by a tour guide. Begin your tour in Santa Monica and start pedaling your way along the iconic Santa Monica beach bike path. Get the chance to see Santa Monica Pier and Palisades Park. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Californian coast. Make your way towards Venice Beach, most recognized as the birthplace of skateboarding. See the famous Venice Canals, the boardwalk, and Muscle Beach. Take in the architecture, sculptures, and West Coast graffiti walls that have become a source of expression for world-renowned street artists. Visit hidden treasures often missed and overlooked as your tour guide provides insightful information about the culture, communities, and history of the area.

Los Angeles: Make The Most of LA Private Tour

6. Los Angeles: Make The Most of LA Private Tour

This is an example of your private customizable highlights tour. Meet your guide and get comfortable in a new, climate controlled vehicle. You'll begin with a brief drive to the beautiful neighborhood of Venice Beach. Once a seaside resort town, this surfer’s paradise is crisscrossed with canals, just like its Italian namesake. Venice is the center of counterculture in LA and is home to some of its most eclectic and bohemian residents. Stroll down the vibrant Venice Boardwalk and enjoy its street vendors, artists and performers as you learn about the birth of skateboarding and surfing culture and make your way towards the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Along the way, you will see the "Baywatch" headquarters, Muscle Beach, pass by the local Freak Show and let the laid-back ambiance of Venice Beach wash over you. Next, head to Santa Monica to learn about its interesting history. On the iconic pier, you will be dazzled by the local flavor of live music, laughing children, happy travelers and carnival noises which will heighten your senses and you will quickly come to understand why this is such a beloved part of the city. Try your luck at one of the carnival games and feel instantly transported back in time. Finally, snap a photo beneath the landmark sign and say you made it to the end of the historic Route 66. After a leisurely lunch, now it's time to glitz it up in the center of cosmopolitan LA. Your group will cruise by La Cienega’s restaurant row and see some of the world's most famous restaurants. View legendary institutions like the Saban Theater, home to many famous plays, musical events and filmed television segments from shows such as "Glee." Along the way, you'll cruise the Miracle Mile and see some of LA County Museum of Art outdoor exhibits. Right next door, the group will behold the wonder that is the La Brea Tar Pits - a natural pit of tar that has trapped prehistoric animals and now displays their large, dinosaur like fossils throughout the park. As you make your way into Hollywood, you will pass notable locations including the iconic Hollywood sign. Count stars on the Walk of Fame. Fit your hands into the impressions of legendary actors at Sid Grauman's Chinese Theater. Don't forget to strike a pose at the Dolby Theater, where the Oscars are held. Now cruise down Sunset Blvd. See iconic venues of famous rock stars such as the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the Ramones, Aerosmith and more. The day will wrap up scoping out the homes of the stars in glamorous Beverly Hills. Join your guide and walk the grounds of a billion dollar estate, Greystone Manor. Drive past impressive estates such as the Playboy Mansion, the homes of Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Simon Cowell and more. The journey will end on a high note with a visit to the premier shopping spot in America: 90210's Rodeo Drive.

LA: The Los Angeles Highlights Tour

7. LA: The Los Angeles Highlights Tour

The Los Angeles Highlights Tour combines our Los Angeles Tour and the Los Angeles Beach Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. In 7 hours, you will see the best that the city has to offer from Hollywood, to the beaches, to Downtown Los Angeles, and more.  The tour gives provides a fun semi-private guided experience that is a great value and conducted in small groups. No other tour includes as much substantive history and fun sightseeing at a leisurely pace. In the first 3 hours of your tour, uncover the history of downtown, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. You will explore the most famous sights, including a few celebrity homes, and learn about some of the poignant moments from the glory days of Los Angeles and today. Some of the famous sites include the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Graumann's Chinese Theatre, the La Brea Tar Pits, the Dolby Theatre (Home of The Oscars), Sunset & Vine, Capitol Records, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood High School, the Viper Room, Whiskey A Go Go, the Chateau Marmont, Rodeo Dr., and many more.  On this tour you will enjoy a wide range of architectural styles. From the homes in Beverly Hills, to the iconic Staples Center, to the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Mission on Olivera Street. This tour is a great way to get to know the unique character of Los Angeles. Some of the most beloved Los Angeles landmarks are downtown, like the Central Library, US Bank Tower, and Angels Flight. The history of the area goes back to the founding of the city in 1781, and its architecture tells the story of the city's growth from the 1890s to the present, including the current trend of converting vintage office buildings into loft-style apartments and condos. Learn fascinating information about Los Angeles and the people who have made it historic. This tour features glitzy buildings with historic charm and wonderful backstories throughout, and so much more.  After the morning portion is over we take a break and head to the Los Angeles Farmer's Market for lunch where everyone can enjoy a variety of lunch options on their own. The afternoon portion of the tour features dramatic ocean views, the Santa Monica Pier, a stroll on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, and a beautiful viewpoint where you can enjoy dramatic ocean views.

Los Angeles: Venice Beach Sunset Tour with A Mocktail

8. Los Angeles: Venice Beach Sunset Tour with A Mocktail

Come explore Venice Beach and the classic Southern California beach community on a guided sunset walking tour. Visit the aptly-named Muscle Beach, discover the Venice Canal District, watch the sunset with a snack and a mocktail, and marvel at the natural beauty and eclectic street art around you. Loved by locals and dreamed of by visitors, the Pacific Ocean and its sunset views are a treat for the eyes. Start the tour by following your guide to Muscle Beach. Along the way, find out about the history of surfing in the area. Learn how the surfing community birthed skateboarding in the 1970s. Then, visit the Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower, the perfect spot to snap a photo. See and hear all about the various counterculture and fringe movements that have laid their foundations here, with SoCal residents fostering a mentality of inclusivity, tolerance, and respect since the mid-1900s. To conclude your tour, enjoy sunset views from a blanket on the beach, as you relax to the sound of the waves with a refreshing mocktail in your hand. It’ll be harder than you think not to turn into a beach bum when the experience is over.

Los Angeles: Private Walking Tour of Venice Beach

9. Los Angeles: Private Walking Tour of Venice Beach

Experience the melting pot of old, new, classic, and modern, mixed together to make up the iconic Venice Beach, and get a local's insight into one of America's most famous beach neighborhoods. Meet your guide at Menotti's Coffee Stop, a classic coffee shop with an old-school vibe, and start your private tour. Experience the laid-back beach culture of Venice Beach and explore the quiet streets along the Venice Canals. As you stroll, your local guide will tell you interesting stories and facts about the neighborhood. Make a turn and immerse yourself in the bustle of the Venice Beach Boardwalk, with its eclectic mix of surf shops, galleries, and eateries. Explore Venice's lively main street that Abbot Kinney once dubbed "The Coolest Block in America." Finish the tour at Salt & Straw, a fabulous ice cream shop known for its unique gourmet flavors.

Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour

10. Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour

Discover some of California’s coolest and most laid-back spots on this Segway tour through Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Learn to ride the incredible Segway® Personal Transporter and glide along the world famous Santa Monica and Venice Boardwalks for an unforgettable experience. See the historic Santa Monica Pier, the stunning seaside real estate, and the chic galleries along Ocean Front Walk, before making a stop at the California Heritage Museum. From there, glide along to the eclectic enclave of Venice, laid out by developer Abbot Kinney as a fantasy replica of the northern Italian city. Today Venice is home to a thriving underground arts scene, an active beach community and a ton of bohemian charm. Check out street performers and some of the area’s truly unique architecture, or stop into one of the area’s many art galleries. Let's just say there is no place quite like Venice Beach and our professional tour guides ensure you experience a scenic tour and soak up some glorious California sunshine.

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What people are saying about Venice Beach Boardwalk

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,108 reviews

Fun way to explore the Santa Monica/Venice Beach ocean front. Bikes are nice, well maintained and everything is low key and simple. Definitely recommend traveling with this company. Our guide was a delight and A great navigator through busy Venice Beach. The 3 hours flew by.

My fear of flying is gone we had the best pilot Tom made us feel so comfortable and answered all our questions in a professional manner very knowledgeable all around great first time experience.

The tour was great! I was worried because it was overcast but we saw so much and loved every minute!

Chad was great and funny!! Definitely got some cardio in during our trip it was worth it!

Great place with chad being an amazing tour guide for us