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Things to Do in Santa Monica

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Santa Monica and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Santa Monica activities? We have 25 tour ideas.


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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 68.00


Try something new on your Los Angeles vacation! See places you can't get to in your car or on a tour bus as you try out a unique and fun activity – riding an electric bicycle! While you cruise the canals of Venice and along Santa Monica Beach, you choose if you want to pedal traditionally or... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Santa Monica Sweet Spots Bike Tour

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 89.00


This dessert bike tour takes you through Santa Monica's premiere shopping district and landmark neighborhoods to the city's sweetest and tastiest secret hot spots. Enjoy hand-crafted, made-from-scratch desserts and experience one of the most delicious cities in Los Angeles like a local.

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Santa Monica Street Art Bike Tour

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 69.00


Enjoy this small-group guided bike tour that takes you through the historical neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Your guide will show you legal graffiti street galleries, sculptures and architecture, leaving you with an appreciation for the talented artists that call this Los Angeles beach-side borough home.

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Santa Monica Urban Farming Bike Tour

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 89.00


This small-group guided bicycle tour introduces you to local, progressive urban homesteaders who have converted their lawns into urban gardens, flush with fruits and vegetables, composting systems and stunning local blooms. You'll visit one of the country's largest and most successful school gardens, a detailed explanation of the inner hydroponics works, and then grab lunch (provided) sourced with locally grown produce.

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City Tours

Self-Guided Santa Monica Tour in a California Roadster Rental

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 149.00


Have a blast cruising around the greater Santa Monica area in a California Roadster custom electric car<b>.</b>

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City Tours

Self-Guided Santa Monica Tour in a Moke Electric Car Rental

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 199.00


Have a blast cruising around the greater Santa Monica area in a Moke custom electric car.

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City Tours

Malibu Stars’ Homes Tour and 48-hour Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 99.00


Join the Malibu Stars' Homes Tour to visit a few of the most beautiful homes of some of your favorite stars. Malibu is one of the most stunning destinations you can visit and you'll get an up-close and personal look at over 40 stars, some of the biggest names in the business! This combo... Read More

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City Tours

Malibu Stars’ Homes Tour

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 45.00


Join this 2-hour Malibu Stars' Homes Tour to visit a few of the most beautiful homes of some of your favorite stars. Malibu is one of the most stunning destinations you can visit and you'll get an up-close and personal look at over 40 stars, some of the biggest names in the business!

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City Tours

Hollywood Stars’ Homes and Grand City Tour of Los Angeles

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 109.00


Experience both Hollywood Stars' Homes and a Grand City Tour of LA in an open-air van/bus. You'll get to travel in comfort and in style as you cruise through the most exclusive neighborhoods, hoping to spot a celebrity or two. Also, get a chance to see some of the most talked about places... Read More

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Day Cruises

Whale Watching Day Cruise Santa Monica

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 60.00


Enjoy this 3-hour whale watching shared cruise in Santa Monica, and discover the Gray Whales that migrate up and down the western coast of North America from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and back. Come see these spectacular and gentle giants for yourself and see types of playful dolphins on the trip including common, Risso's, and bottle-nosed. You will... Read More

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Day Tours in Los Angeles

Malibu Stars Homes with Los Angeles Hop On Hop Off Tour 48-Hour Ticket

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 1 hour
Priced From: USD 94.00


Enjoy the sunshine and cool breeze as you cruise through the pristine beaches of Malibu while admiring elite beachfront communities. Drive along the famous Pacific Coast Highway our fantastic guides will give you the inside scoop on the homes of your favorite celebrities. PLUS get to hop-on and... Read More

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Day Trips

Catalina Island Day Excursion

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 12 hours
Priced From: USD 225.00


Enjoy a day trip to Catalina Island from Santa Monica, LA, Venice or Marina Del Rey! Tour the island's wildlife, buffalo, vegetation and history. We will &nbsp;collect you from select hotels and bring you to your morning ferry to Avalon. Enjoy the 1-hour ferry trip where dolphin, seal and sea lion sightings may occur, as well as the option to include on Island guided tours &amp; activities. Check your options below.

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Half-day Tours

Half Day Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 49.95


Unique Electric Vehicle Tour of Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Marina Del Rey, Provided will be a unique experience in our open-air, eye-level Electric Cadillac Escalade Limos. You will board at our convenient Santa Monica location and enjoy a fun Sightseeing Tour of the Santa Monica area and also travel to the Venice Beach and MdR area destination for a fun and Shopping and Dining Stop.

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Movie & TV Tours

Hollywood Stars’ Homes Tour

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 69.00


Hop on board the Hollywood Stars' Homes Tour and visit more than 40 luxurious houses and estates of some of your favorite celebrities. Get a chance to see what it's like to live in these fancy neighborhoods while also visiting a few key attractions like the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Rodeo Drive.

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Multi-day Tours

Las Vegas 2 Day Tour from Los Angeles Santa Monica Venice and Marina Del Rey

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 250.00


Stay in a hotel on or near the strip with this 2-day Las Vegas experience. Tour Vegas independently at your leisure. See the famed Vegas Strip, the sensational hotels, see the volcano erupt at the Mirage, or enjoy the water show at the Bellagio. Shop along the strip and enjoy the air-conditioned... Read More

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Segway Tours

Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 84.00


Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience of Southern California's beach culture—famous worldwide for its surfers, body builders, exhibitionists, street performers, and fabulous ocean and mountain views.Approximately 2 hours in total, the activity begins with 20 to 30 minutes of video and hands-on Segway instruction by a certified trainer.  The remaining 1.5 hours is spent on the tour... Read More

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Segway Tours

Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 148.99


Explore Santa Monica and Venice Beach by Segway on this attraction-packed morning or afternoon tour. See top area attractions including the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Boardwalk. Riding a Segway allows you to cover much more ground than walking and to blend in with the quirky, colorful character of these lively southern California communities.

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Self-Guided Santa Monica Scavenger Hunt

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
Priced From: USD 11.00


Fifteen clues, two hours, one city - this is a self-led scavenger race that sends groups capering around town to solve clues. Unlike other city-wide excursions, this one unshackles racers from the tyranny of official start times and concrete dates. Players simply click on a launch code, head to the starting line, and begin the scavenger hunt whenever they've got a spare two hours. During the process, players will hear fun... Read More

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Shopping Tours

Santa Monica Place Shop and Explore

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 65.00


Explore all that Santa Monica, California has to offer from scenic Pacific Ocean views, farmer's market cuisine, world-class shopping and much more. Spend the day exploring the city sights like a local on your very own beach cruiser and take a break and enjoy the rides at the Santa Monica Pier.

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Surfing & Windsurfing

Venice Beach Private Surf Lesson

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 125.00


Learn to ride the waves at Venice Beach! Surf lessons with professional, expert instructors equals an unforgettable adventure in California. These lessons are available to all ages year round and include equipment.

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Surfing Lessons

Santa Monica Private Surf Lesson

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 125.00


Learn to ride the waves at Santa Monica Beach! Surf lessons with professional, expert instructors equals an unforgettable adventure in California. These lessons are available to all ages year round and include equipment.

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Surfing Lessons

Private Surf Lesson with GoPro Footage

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 85.00


We are Santa Monica Surf School. We are surfers, travelers, and dreamers. To us, it`s all about persistence. And we want to help you ride on, whether it`s getting up on your first wave or mastering your technique. For ten years and counting, we`ve been helping people achieve their surfing goals.

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Tours around Santa Monica

Malibu Stars Homes

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 44.00


Enjoy the sunshine and cool breeze as you cruise through the pristine beaches of Malibu while admiring elite beachfront communities. Drive along the famous Pacific Coast Highway our fantastic guides will give you the inside scoop on the homes of your favorite celebrities.

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Vespa, Scooter & Moped Tours

Santa Monica Bay Segway Tour

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 82.00


Fully narrated and relaxing Santa Monica Bay cruise over Marvin Braude bike path! This 2-hour tour on Segway®-like transporters is fully-guided. Safety gear and training are provided free of charge. Perfect for couples and families with kids* (weight limit requirement must be met).

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Walking Tours

Santa Monica Walking Food Tour

Santa Monica, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 69.00


Spend the day eating your way through Santa Monica's historic Main Street, tasting the best West Los Angeles has to offer on this 4-hour interactive walking tour.

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