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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

This hop-on, hop-off city sightseeing tour of Los Angeles allows you to see and explore greater Los Angeles. The narrated tour is now available 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 Loops, or combine them and experience the freedom of a hop-on, hop-off city sightseeing tour. You may start from the Starline kiosk or at any of the stops. 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.

Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

2. 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.

Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

3. 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.

Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

4. 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. 

California Coastline Helicopter Tour

5. 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 and Hollywood: 5-Hour Private Day-Trip

6. Los Angeles and Hollywood: 5-Hour Private Day-Trip

A private day-trip is one of the best ways to discover Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and the surrounding areas. Not only you will not have to share the trip with strangers, but you will also be able to customize it as you go. Start with convenient pickup from your chosen location, before seeing the best of what Hollywood and Los Angeles has to offer. You could choose to visit famous landmarks like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, walk along the Santa Monica Pier, and so much more. Take things at your own pace, with the chance to stop for dining, shopping, snapshots, or go for a stroll to the beach or the town.

Los Angeles: 2-hour Private Surfing Lesson

7. Los Angeles: 2-hour Private Surfing Lesson

Experience a fully private surf lesson which is great for people who have always wanted to learn to surf or who just want to improve their surf game.  Even first-timers are welcome to join and with a private tour, you'll be able to learn at your own pace.  Learn from your professional certified instructor, who will help make you more comfortable on the surfboard and in the water. This lesson will meet in the world famous Venice Beach, where people of all ages gather to enjoy the beautiful Southern California sun and surf. Before your lesson, get outfitted with a wet suit and surfboard before heading down to the beach. Depending on your level, either go straight to the line up with the instructor or have an extended training session on the sand as you learn all the important aspects of surfing. Your instructor 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, spend the remaining time with the instructor in the ocean. After the class, follow the instructor to an outdoor public shower where you will be able to rinse off. This private lesson can be booked for 1 or 2 people and basic swimming skills are required in order to join. You don't need to worry about your belongings, which will be securely stored in the locked surf school van. If you've always been interested in surfing and you prefer a private, customized experience, then this is the lesson for you!

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.

Los Angeles: See LA in a Day on eBikes

9. Los Angeles: See LA in a Day on eBikes

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.

Malibu: Vintage VW Private Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

10. Malibu: Vintage VW Private Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Join a private sightseeing tour of Malibu with a wine tasting bonus and discover it all in a 1972 vintage VW van with hippie vibes both inside and out. Visit Point Dume and other photo-worthy spots along the way. Start your trip by meeting with your tour guide at the Santa Monica Pier, where you'll be able to take cool photos with the van, jump in, and head towards Malibu. Drive along the picturesque coastline towards the north end of the town where the celebrity homes and secluded beaches are located. Stop at a few viewpoints where everyone will be able to take pictures with the van and Malibu landscapes. On the way, visit Point Dume with its breathtaking views of the cliffs and the ocean. After spending some time there, stop at the famous Malibu Pier to take a walk and capture these moments with your phone or camera. From here, take advantage of uninterrupted views of the Santa Monica Mountains. It is always fun to watch the many surfers riding the breaks of Surfrider Beach. The tour ends at the Rosenthal wine tasting room where you will be offered a flight of four different local wines, along with a cheese, salami, and cracker plate.

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What people are saying about Venice Beach

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,307 reviews

Very well organised tour. There are 6 stops on the planned route. There is enough time to see the sites and get a taste of it. Joe was very knowledgeable about the locations and about the celebrities details. He was also very informative about the history of California and of Los Angels. The mini bus was comfortable, safe and ample inside. It was also luxurious when comparing to the open air options that we saw driving around. If you only have a short stay in L A then this is a recommended day trip

Amazing experience - thorough training - one of a kind good time - totally recommend for anyone - young or old - sporty or not - unique excursion for very affordable price - would absolutely do again when coming back to CA

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.

Great activity to do while in California! One on one lesson and safety measures explained to make you at ease with surfing. Overall very satisfied!

I recommend to those who don't have much time in front of them to visit everything. Superb visits and a guide at the top