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Venice Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Los Angeles Sightseeing Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Ticket

    1. Los Angeles 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 ...

    Great experience for the price. Really was the highlight of my trip. I recommend to everyone.

  • 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.

    First time paddleboarder. Although there was not a lot of instruction, it was a fun time and our guide, Walter, was so kind and patient. Saw loads of sea lions and had a great time!

  • 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.

    It was a beautiful tour over Hollywood/Beverly hills area towards the coastline. The team and the pilot were very professional too. I felt safe flying with him.

  • Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Tour with Mountain Landing

    4. Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Tour with Mountain Landing

    From beautiful sunny Los Angeles, this private, 45-minute helicopter tour provides the perfect romantic getaway for two. The journey begins from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, and once you’re in the air, heads east over many of the iconic landmarks of Los Angeles, including Universal Studios, the famous Hollywood Sign, and some celebrity homes of Beverly Hills and Bel Air. You'll then head west to see the world-famous beaches of Santa Monica, and the Pacific Palisades, which offer breathtaking views of the stunning California Coastline. Continue up the coast and land at your own private and secluded plateau overlooking the magnificent shores of Malibu beach. At this point, you and your guest will have 30 minutes of time on the peak for a complimentary toast, a delicious dessert, and a rose to celebrate your special occasion.

    Such an amazing experience. From booking, to confirmation, the whole process was very professional, courteous and enjoyable. The staff even texted with me prior to our arrival as we were running late. Erick, the pilot was so knowledgeable, professional and down to earth. Made the whole trip so much fun for us. He gave us privacy when we landed on the mountain. I can’t say enough how much he made the trip for us! Answered all of our questions too. If you’re thinking of doing the romantic sunset tour, do it. Money well spent. Go ahead, you deserve it.

  • Los Angeles: Private Full-Day Tour by SUV

    5. Los Angeles: Private Full-Day Tour by SUV

    Enjoy a flexible sightseeing tour through Los Angeles. After the pick-up at your hotel you will begin the tour through El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de Los Ángeles de Porciuncula – this is the name the natives once gave the city. Experience an exciting and informative tour. Learn about the history of the city as well as the current developments. Visit the famous Hollywood sign up close and see the world-famous film studios. Stroll along the Walk of Fame and learn more about the stars who are listed here. Continue on past the Kodak Theatre, the location where the coveted Oscars is held. Afterwards you will see the Chinese Theatre with the famous hand and footprints. You will then head through West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip. There you can admire the famous Viper Room, the Whisky a Go Go, the legendary rock club, and various famous hotels before driving to Beverly Hills and th...

  • Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

    6. 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 pe...

    Incredible bike ride and extremely knowledgeable guide. Definitely check this out if you’re in the city

  • LA: Santa Monica & Venice Beach Bike Adventure

    7. 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.

  • Malibu: Vintage VW Hippie Sightseeing Tour with Wine Tasting

    8. Malibu: Vintage VW Hippie Sightseeing Tour with Wine Tasting

    You will meet with the tour guide at the Santa Monica Pier, where you'll be able to take cool photos with a classic hippie VW van, jump in, and head towards Malibu for wine tasting. Taste 4-6 different local wines, along with cheese, salami, and a cracker plate. After spending some time in the wine tasting room and learning the history of Malibu vineyards, drive up north along the astonishingly picturesque coastline towards the mountains, where all the vineyards are located.     Pass different vineyards and stop at a few viewpoints, where everyone will be able to take great pictures with the VW van and the beautiful Malibu landscapes. On the way down you will visit Point Dume with its breathtaking views on the cliffs and the ocean. After spending some time there,  stop at famous Malibu Pier, where you'll be able to take a walk and capture these moments with your phone or camera. From h...

    Vino and vintage VWs - how could you go wrong! The tour around Malibu was amazing and I enjoyed the wine tasting. For me as a solo traveler it was important that everyone was friendly - the atmosphere was nice and the vibes were chill. Stephen, our guide, went above and beyond to make sure we were taking care of and we definitely had the time of our life. So far this tour was the best thing I’ve done in LA!

  • From Long Beach or San Pedro: Hollywood and Los Angeles Tour

    9. From Long Beach or San Pedro: Hollywood and Los Angeles Tour

    You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Anaheim, Long Beach, San Pedro, LAX area, Marina Del Ray, Hawthorn, or El Segundo. During the tour, you'll visit Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles Colosseum, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park Observatory, Sunset Plaza, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica Beach, and Venice Beach. There will be free time at each of the stops and you'll be able to get out of the tour van to take pictures, shop, and explore. For lunch, there will be an hour-long stop at Mel's Diner on Sunset Boulevard, a popular 1950s-style diner. After the tour, you'll be dropped back at your hotel between 4:30 and 5:00 PM.

    I’m giving 5 starts because the driver who was our guide person was very kind, he did all possible to help us. But no starts for the company, we planing this trip for Saturday, after being waiting to be pick up in the window time and nobody showed up I called them just to find out that it's was cancelled without any notice.

  • Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

    10. 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 w...

    This was my first time surfing and I can’t imagine it being a better experience. The on land instructions we very detailed and clear and helped me a lot in the water. The instructor was with us the whole time giving advices and assistance whenever needed. Even it’s a group class, I felt like each of us had plenty of personal attention. The water didn’t feel cold thanks to the wetsuit. This was a fantastic memorable experience and I would never forget my first wave!

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What people are saying about Venice Beach

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,146 reviews

One of the best memories from my LA trip! I booked this tour as a single participant and we had a small group of four people total. Stephen was our guide and he was absolutely amazing! He is very knowledgeable about the area, wildlife and even told us some cool stories about the local boats. I was able to get the equipment (a single kayak) that I initially requested. The paddle on the way out was easy as we were going with the current, on the way back it was a little bit harder but I expected some kind of a workout and Stephen also informed us about that, so it felt perfect overall. We spotted multiple sea lions enjoying themselves on the docks and were able to take a few cool pics with our phones. We also saw a few huge beautiful yachts in the main channel. I can recommend this experience to everyone who loves animals as this is a prefect way to see them in their natural habitat. Very peaceful and worth to do experience.

I’m giving 5 starts because the driver who was our guide person was very kind, he did all possible to help us. But no starts for the company, we planing this trip for Saturday, after being waiting to be pick up in the window time and nobody showed up I called them just to find out that it's was cancelled without any notice.

First time paddleboarder. Although there was not a lot of instruction, it was a fun time and our guide, Walter, was so kind and patient. Saw loads of sea lions and had a great time!

We had an absolutely great time. Saw a lot of sea lions. Our guide Walker was great.

Fun-great guide Walker, saw many sea lions—beautiful weather!