Venice Beach Boardwalk

Venice Beach Boardwalk: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 for 3 tour routes 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.

Los Angeles: Santa Monica and Venice Electric Bike Tour

2. 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 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 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.

LA: City and Beach Highlights Tour with Transfer Options

4. LA: City and Beach Highlights Tour with Transfer Options

Enjoy a stress-free tour of LA with expert tour guides who will ensure you have an entertaining and educational day. Begin the tour in Santa Monica where you'll have the opportunity to explore the Santa Monica Pier. Your first stop will be Venice Beach, home of LA's skateboarding and surf culture. You will then be driven along Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards on your way to the ritzy Beverly Hills, where you will be given the opportunity to window shop for 30-minutes on Rodeo Drive.  Enjoy lunch at the Farmers' Market at The Grove (1 hour) - with hundreds of options to please everyone from the adventurous foodie to kids. You will then be whisked to Griffith Park where you will receive VIP curbside service and experience the best views of LA and the Hollywood Sign. Finally, try to spot the stars of your favorite Hollywood celebrities as you walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

6. Los Angeles: Small Group Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

Welcome to the most comprehensive city tour in Los Angeles! Begin your exciting adventure in the heart of Downtown. The first stop will be at the historic Olvera Street where one of the oldest churches in Los Angeles “The Plaza Church” is located. From there you will be transported back in time to explore the world famous Union Train Station which is known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations." The route will continue through downtown, passing by Chinatown, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, the Civic Center, Broadway, and the city skyline. You will see the fashion district (which consists of over 1,000 stores), some film locations from famous Hollywood productions, and the Staples Center Arena before heading northwest toward Griffith Park. Griffith Park offers the best view of the city as well as the world famous Hollywood Sign; the views are simply breathtaking. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is the third major stop on this tour and is among the most popular stops in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Walk of Fame will give you the opportunity to walk among the “stars” that have made significant contributions to film, radio, television, theater, and the recording industries. The legendary Chinese theater located alongside the Hollywood Walk of Fame hosts movie premieres as well as other special events. You never know, you may be able to witness a red carpet premiere while there. After many attractions, you deserve a break. Next, you will stop at the historic Farmer's Market, which is one of the greatest places in Los Angeles to enjoy a variety of foods and beverages. "The Grove” which is located next to the Farmer's Market will not go unnoticed. You can take a ride on a historic 1950’s trolley and enjoy the features of a large center garden that includes an animated fountain with many shopping opportunities. Now that you've had time to relax and eat, you will be whisked off in the early afternoon to another world! From the Sunset Strip, you'll pass by iconic locations such as the Whisky a Go Go and the Chateau Marmont, before reaching Beverley Hills. While in Beverly Hills you will experience the charm of Rodeo Drive and may even feel like a star yourself. You'll soon see how varied and diverse this metropolis really is as you get an insight into what life is like once you've been discovered by the Hollywood Studios. Back on Sunset Boulevard heading west will bring you past the Getty Center. From there you will finally feel the breeze of the ocean. The Santa Monica Pier is a landmark of the city and has served for many backdrops in countless Hollywood films. Finally, round off a fascinating day with a nice walk along Venice Beach where you will be entertained by many different artists and showmen. “See and be seen” is the motto here. You will not be disappointed! With countless attractions in the most exciting city in the world, you will finally be brought back to your hotel or to a prearranged drop-off location by late afternoon. You won't sit on a big sightseeing bus on this tour. Capped at a maximum of 14 people, a familial atmosphere always develops during the tour. The tour makes frequent stops, allowing you to discover everything at a relaxed pace.

Los Angeles: Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour

7. Los Angeles: 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.

Los Angeles: Make The Most of LA Private Tour

8. 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.

Los Angeles: The LA Highlights Tour

9. Los Angeles: The LA 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: Make the Most of LA Guided Tour

10. Los Angeles: Make the Most of LA Guided Tour

Start your LA tour at Venice Beach and learn about the skateboarding and surfing cultures. Then, go to Santa Monica Pier and be dazzled by the carnival-like atmosphere. Take an iconic selfie at the end of Historic Route 66. Next, explore the legendary institutions of the entertainment industry and go for a cruise to a farmers' market for lunch. Pass the La Brea Tar Pits on the way to the Hollywood Sign. Count the stars on the Walk of Fame, strike a pose on the Oscar's Grand Staircase, and get a selfie with the Hollywood Sign. Continue down Sunset Boulevard to glamorous Beverly Hills. End with a visit to America's premier shopping destination on Rodeo Drive.

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What people are saying about Venice Beach Boardwalk

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,153 reviews

Very informative tour that takes in all sorts of important stops. I would plan two days for the city as it is very spacious and you should definitely spend some time on the beautiful beaches. It would be useful if the stops were marked with a sign.

Such a fun tour with our experienced guide Barb, who told great stories, gave clear directions and kept us safe.

Amazing tour! You get to see everything and Barb really knows her stuff. A lot of photo opps and fun facts.

Chris and Barb were the nicest people ever. Chris was an incredible guide and we had a blast on the tour!

Very good tour, with the possibility to get on and off at any time.