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Our most recommended Los Angeles County Outdoor Activities

Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

1. Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

Meet your guide at Venice Beach, one of the most famous and lively beaches in California. Take part in a 2-hour group surfing lesson which is ideal for everyone from beginners (even first timers!) to upper intermediate levels.  Start the lesson by getting geared up with the wetsuits and surfboards. Head down to the sand with your group of 5-6 fellow students. Spend the first 30-40 minutes training on the beach and learning all the important aspects of surfing. Your professional certified instructors will teach you how to pop up on the board, educate you about the ocean and end the land lesson with the most important part - safety. After that, enjoy 40 minutes with an instructor(s) in the ocean getting coaching and helpful pushes. The remaining time will be yours to practice your skills and have fun in the water. After the class, an instructor will lead you to an outdoor public shower where you will be able to rinse off. Don't worry about your belongings, as you will be able to leave everything locked in the surf school van. 

Los Angeles: Official Hollywood Sign Walking & Pictures Tour

2. Los Angeles: Official Hollywood Sign Walking & Pictures Tour

Join your local guide for a walk right to the top of the Hollywood Sign. Be guided up the best path to get to the sign as your host entertains you with fun historical facts and stories relating to one of the most recognizable signs in the world. In addition to the storytelling, your guide has curated this hike to provide you with the best pictures for your Instagram, creating memories to last a lifetime. Your guide is on hand to help you get the best photos of the sign, the city skyline, and other scenic panoramas that are bound to make your social media light up with likes.   Take once-in-a-lifetime photos in the best locations throughout Griffith Park, including a stunning panorama from above which comes complete with the sign in the background and Los Angeles below.

Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

3. Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

Start your tour at Mother's Beach. Your guide will provide information about the local environment and marine life, kayaking/paddle-boarding techniques, and safety while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of Los Angeles boaters realm. Then board your kayaks and paddle towards the main channel of the Marina. On the way, observe the beautiful and extraordinary boats. Begin your search for sea lions, birds, dolphins, and other marine life.

Los Angeles: Santa Monica and Venice Electric Bike Tour

4. Los Angeles: Santa Monica and Venice 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.

Santa Monica: Full Day Bike Rental

5. Santa Monica: Full Day Bike Rental

Rent a bike for the day and see Santa Monica from a very special perspective. Choose between a comfort bike or a city bike and follow the famous Santa Monica beach bike path. Enjoy unparalleled views of the west coast and take in this unique atmosphere.  See this top beach destination at your own comfortable pace and enjoy views of Santa Monica Pier. You are free to use the bike from the time the store opens to the time it closes. For your safety and security, you will be provided with helmets and locks. The high-quality bikes are kept up-to-date so you know you will be riding a bike that is safe and comfortable.

Los Angeles: The Official Hollywood Sign Hike

6. Los Angeles: The Official Hollywood Sign Hike

Get as close as possible to the Hollywood Sign on this LA sightseeing tour. Hike to the Hollywood Sign and go directly below and behind the world’s most famous sign for the ultimate photo shoot. Stage the perfect Hollywood sign photos, and immerse yourself in the best views of Los Angeles. Meet your guide and embark on the official Hollywood Sign hike, perfect for those looking for exercise, sunshine, LA history, celebrity sightings, and incredible memories to last a lifetime. Follow your guide around the Hollywood sign, learning the history of this world-renowned film industry along the way. Allow your guide to help you stage stunning photos for Instagram, and get a bird's eye view over the film studios of Warner Bros, Disney, and Universal Studios. Keep your eyes peeled for top LA filming locations in Griffith Park, the backdrop for such classics as Rebel Without a Cause, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, La La Land, Batman, Back to the Future, Terminator, Adele’s recent comeback concert, and more. Plus, catch a glimpse of the Forest Lawn Mausoleum, the final resting place for many top Hollywood celebrities. Be regaled with Hollywood History and Tinseltown trivia while ensuring a safe and exciting climb. To cap it all off, your Hollywood Sign Tour will take you behind the Hollywood Sign, arriving at a scenic overlook with the best views in all of Los Angeles. Once you’ve taken photos behind the world-famous Hollywood Sign and admired the stunning views of Hollywood Reservoir and Los Angeles, walk down to continue your Los Angeles sightseeing.

Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Hike

7. Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Hike

See stunning views of Los Angeles on a guided hike to Griffith Park and a tour of the Griffith Observatory Museum. Get your heart pumping on a hike, see famous filming locations, and see thousands of stars from the Griffith Observatory. Begin your tour with a 3.6-mile hike up to the highest peak in Griffith Park with a local guide. As you hike, take in jaw-dropping views of Los Angeles. Hear incredible tales of Hollywood history. Make multiple stops for Instagram photos, bathroom breaks, and visits to famous filming locations. Finish your hike at the grounds of the world-famous Griffith Observatory Museum. Once you’ve snagged some beautiful panoramic views of Los Angeles from the summit, walk over to an overlook to snag a picture-perfect shot of the Hollywood Sign. Finally, head over to the Griffith Observatory and wrap up your Los Angeles tour with a grand finale of (literal) stars, unforgettable views, and memories to last a lifetime.

LA: Santa Monica & Venice Beach Bike Adventure

8. 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.

Beverly Hills: Movie Star Homes & LA Sightseeing on eBike

9. Beverly Hills: Movie Star Homes & LA Sightseeing on eBike

See where today’s Hollywood stars live and play. This bike tour takes you through two of the most desirable neighborhoods in the world to live in. Beverly Hills and Bel Air is home to many Hollywood celebrities and boasts some of the largest homes in the USA. Ride through this extravagant neighborhood as you pass by many celebrity homes, take in the sights and scents of their world-class gardens, bike down Rodeo Drive and a very famous Beverly Hills mansion. Enjoy riding along Rodeo Drive, all while getting a great work out. In 2009 and 2010 Beverly Hills was listed as the most expensive housing market in America, with a median home price of over USD 2.2 million. In total, you're about to see over 30 celebrity homes!

Hollywood Sign Hiking Tour to Griffith Observatory

10. Hollywood Sign Hiking Tour to Griffith Observatory

See iconic locations from your favorite films and television shows on this guided hike that takes you above Los Angeles. Start your tour at Franklin's Cafe and Market in Los Feliz, a neighborhood that’s home to celebrities and hopefuls. On this 2-hour tour you’ll pass the Greek Theater before heading off the paved road and into the LA wilderness. Take a short, steep path that rewards with stunning views of the city in all directions. During the half-hour hike you’ll ascend the equivalent of 12 flights of stairs at a leisurely pace, making frequent stops to admire the views and hear about the history of this place. As you approach the Griffith Observatory, the iconic Hollywood sign will come into view and provide a spectacular backdrop for your photos! The Griffith Observatory is an Art Deco masterpiece that is considered the hood ornament of Los Angeles. After the tour you have the option of entering the building (free of charge) or to take the short hike back with your guide.

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What people are saying about Los Angeles County

It was great! Never expected my whole family and I could get to the Hollywood Sign. My wife was so proud of us. Another bucket list checked. JB our tour guide was very funny and patient with us. All of us who joined the hike made it to the sign. Definitely highly recommend this tour when you are in LA for a weekend vacay.

A great tour around the Santa Monica and Venice area by a knowledgeable tour guide in Barb. A nice, easy going activity to enjoy the entire strip without breaking a sweat. The e-bikes were great too!

Gil was a fabulous tour guide! I loved learning the history of the Hollywood sign. Hiking the the sign was a bucket list item for me. So happy I chose this company for our guided tour.

The tour guide was the best, he was knowledgeable and friendly he gave us a lot of recommendations for dinning as well.

We had a great time. Good exercise while seeing the Hollywood sign and city views, all with a very funny guide (JB)