Santa Monica Beach & Pier Tours

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Set along California’s Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica has two claims to fame: its wide beach and its carnivalesque pier. At Santa Monica Beach, miles of sand host playgrounds, parks, picnic areas, staffed lifeguard stations, and the original Muscle Beach. Nearly 8 million visitors frequent the area each year, most of whom follow the boardwalk to the Santa Monica Pier, whose neon-lit arch and ferris wheel are instantly recognizable from film and TV. 

The Basics
Visit Santa Monica Beach on a hop-on hop-off bus tour and stroll to the end of the pier to see the sweeping arc of Santa Monica Bay, from Malibu to Palos Verdes. Dig your toes in the sand and watch the crowds go by, or get active with activities such as surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, and beach volleyball. For a bit more mobility, rent an electric bike or join a beach Segway tour. Families can enjoy a multitude of kid-friendly restaurants and shops, pet sea stars and sea urchins at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, or purchase tickets to Pacific Park to take a ride on the ferris wheel. Santa Monica is also a stone’s throw from downtown Los Angeles; visit on a full-day bike or coach tour of the LA area to see highlights such as Hollywood Boulevard and Beverly Hills. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and water if you plan to spend a long day in the sun. 
  • Smoking is prohibited at the beach.
  • Leashed pets are welcome.
  • Handicap parking is available on the pier. To access the water’s edge, wheelchair users can rent sand wheelchairs from Perry’s Cafe and Beach Rentals. 

How to Get There
Santa Monica is 17 miles (27 kilometers) west of downtown Los Angeles. Parking is plentiful, especially on Main Street, 2nd Street, and 4th Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard. Public transportation via buses is also readily available.

When to Get There
Santa Monica Beach and Pier are open year-round. The weather is mild throughout the year, but summer’s balmy temperatures and sunny skies bring crowds of vacationers. Visit outside of summer for lower prices and more availability. 

Pacific Park and the Pacific Wheel 
Located on the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park is an amusement park packed with rides, games, food, and shopping. The iconic Pacific Wheel has appeared in more than 500 movies, television shows, music videos, commercials, and magazine editorials. Come nightfall, the wheel is illuminated by more than 174,000 LED lights that display dynamic, computer-generated light shows.
Location
Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, 90401, USA
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Hours: Daily
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Admission: Admission to the beach and pier is free, although some attractions may charge for entry.
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Ticket to Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

Enjoy a day of fun-filled rides, games and food at Pacific Park® on the Santa Monica Pier with this  Unlimited Ride Wristband pass. Most notably, take a ride on the world-famous Pacific Wheel, the world’s first and only solar-powered Ferris Wheel, which boasts panoramic views of the Southern California coastline. There are eleven other thrilling rides at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los Angeles

See the hotspots around Santa Monica and Venice Beach on this 3-hour tour by air-conditioned coach. Led by a local guide, you’ll make stops at the Third Street Promenade, the Santa Monica Pier, Venice’s Muscle Beach, the luxury homes of Marina del Rey and more. Your guide will provide fun and factual commentary about Los Angeles as you take in the views and top attractions.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Full-Day Los Angeles Tour with Cupcake Tasting and Museum Trip

Want to cover a lot of ground in one day in Los Angeles? This comprehensive tour provides the perfect overview. Search for Hollywood stars on a guided walk, hop on a public bus to the Farmers Market and Beverly Hills, and bicycle to Venice Beach from Santa Monica. Your sightseeing itinerary includes admission to the Paley Center for Media plus insightful commentary on LA's major landmarks and lesser-known gems, from UCLA to Rodeo Drive. Get a feel for local life on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
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Small Group Highlights Tour of Los Angeles

Explore one of America’s coolest cities on a highlights tour of Los Angeles. During this 7-hour tour, visit cool neighborhoods such as Venice Beach, Hollywood, and Santa Monica as well as iconic landmarks like the Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Sign. Drive around the ‘City of Angels’ in an air-conditioned coach and listen to live commentary on board from your guide.
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California Beach Cities Day Trip: Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Venice Beach and Santa Monica from LA

Experience the laid-back vibes of Southern California’s most popular beach towns during this 12-hour day trip by air-conditioned coach. Travel everywhere from Venice Beach to Long Beach, stopping at such famous attractions as the Santa Monica Pier, the volleyball pavilion of Huntington Beach, the ‘Queen Mary’ ocean liner and much more. This day of fun in the sun also includes the commentary of a guide on your coach and admission to the Queen Mary.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Venice Beach Private Surf Lesson

Learn to hang ten in one of America's most popular surf cities during this private less in venice Beach. You'll gain insight and understanding from your expert instructor during this unforgettable California adventure. Whether you're a first-timer or looking to expand your skills, this is the tour for you! Perfect for all ages, with all necessary equipment included.
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Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

Discover Los Angeles on your own terms thanks to this convenient hop-on, hop-off bus excursion covering the city’s top highlights. Enjoy the sun from the open top of your bus, offering 360-degree vistas of the surrounding landmarks. Best of all, your hop-on, hop-off excursion covers more than 50 locations throughout the city, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood and downtown L.A. You can also choose between a 24-, 48- and 72-hour ticket options and plenty of convenient departures, thanks to its 365-days-a-year operation schedule.
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Private Helicopter Tour of Downtown Los Angeles from Long Beach

Take in Los Angeles’ scenic highlights from the air with a private, 45-minute helicopter tour from Long Beach. Soar over the L.A. harbor and the iconic Queen Mary, and look out towards Catalina Island from the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Fly up the coast past Manhattan Beach and Marina del Rey, bank over Santa Monica pier then head for downtown. See the city’s sports centers and gleaming sky scrapers and take in views of the Hollywood Hills and the San Gabriel Mountains before touching back down in Long Beach.
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Private Custom Tour of Los Angeles

Experience Los Angeles in style and sophistication on a private 7-hour tour, ideal for travelers seeking a personalized experience. During this custom tour, you’ll tick off iconic LA sights such as Venice Beach, the Hollywood Sign, Santa Monica Beach and Pier, Sunset Strip, and many more. Amend your itinerary according to your preferences and stop for as long or as little as you like at iconic Los Angeles landmarks. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Private Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles in a Luxurious SUV

See Los Angeles in style with a 5-hour private tour in a spacious vehicle. Watch for celebrities as you cruise the Walk of Fame past the iconic Chinese Theater, and navigate the roads of Beverly Hills as you spot the stars’ sprawling mansions. Continue along Rodeo Drive and the vibrant Sunset Strip, then hit downtown to see the city’s most famous sports centers, concert halls and museums. Finish your trip at the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll take in Venice Beach, the Santa Monica Pier and miles of perfect, palm-lined beaches.
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Private Half-Day Los Angeles Sightseeing Tour

See more of Los Angeles on a half-day tour with your own private guide. Take in top sights such as the Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, the Chinese Theater, Hollywood Walk of Fame, LaBrea Tar Pits, and more (depending on traffic conditions). You can customize your itinerary to suit the interests of your group of up to four people on a tour that includes pickup and drop-off from Los Angeles hotels or the airport.
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Los Angeles Air Tour Experience

Take your Los Angeles visit to new heights during this 45-minute air tour above the sublime sights of this Southern California city. Soar like a bird above L.A. landmarks like the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Coast, choosing between two different route options. Depending on your selection you’ll cruise between Santa Monica and Downtown L.A. or Santa Monica and Malibu coastline. Included onboard bottled water and snacks ensure you stay focused on sightseeing and not your stomach.
  • Duration: 40 to 45 mins
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Private Half-Day Hollywood and Santa Monica Tour with Pickup

Explore the best of Los Angeles on this private half-day tour to Hollywood and Santa Monica. Visit famous landmarks such as the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier. Listen to stories and facts from your informative guide and pose for photos at famous locations throughout the city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach

Take a pedal-powered tour through the beaches and streets of the famous Santa Monica and Venice Beach areas of Los Angeles during this 3-hour electric-powered bike riding trip. Get out of your car and skip the tour bus as you enjoy fresh ocean breezes and laid back riding with a guide aboard an electric bicycle. Cruise the famous canals of Venice and cycle the trails along Santa Monica Beach, choosing if you want to use your own leg power or get a boost from your electric-powered cycle. This L.A. electric bike trip also includes a helmet rental and bottled water.
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The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour

Get an intimate look at the diverse neighborhoods of LA during this 5.5-hour, small-group cycling exploration. Join a group of no more than 10 riders for a 32-mile (51-kilometer) adventure through areas like West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Bel-Air and Beverly Hills, listening to insightful and entertaining stories from your guide as you cycle. During the trip you’ll also stop in Venice Beach, where you can buy lunch, and take a guided walking tour of historic Greystone Mansion. A hybrid road bike, safety equipment and souvenir water bottle are also included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Los Angeles Highlights Tour: Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood and Beverly Hills

Discover the best of Los Angeles during this 7-hour highlights trip covering Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Skip the hassles of driving in traffic as your expert guide helps you sample all that LA has to offer. First head to the beach to explore Santa Monica Pier and counterculture vibes of Venice. Then spend the afternoon discovering iconic Hollywood sights like the Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre. Finish the day amidst the designer boutiques and celebrities of Beverly Hills. A guide, snacks and air-conditioned minivan transport are included.
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Los Angeles Day Trip: Sightseeing by Bike

Bike around Los Angeles' top landmarks and attractions during this 5.5-hour cycling tour. Follow your local guide and listen to informative commentary on a moderately challenging bike route that includes stops like Venice Beach, the Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, Bel Air and Historic Route 66. Beat the city's legendarily terrible traffic by pedaling your own way around town, discovering off-the-beaten-path areas as well as the famous highlights of the City of Angels. Total distance covered is 32-mile (51km); use of all equipment and round-trip Anaheim hotel transportation are included.
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Whale Watching Day Cruise Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey and Palos Verdes Bay

Take a thrilling whale-watching excursion off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Travel along the coast of Los Angeles and experience marine wildlife up close. Enjoy a glass or wine or beer, a light snack, or other beverage from the boat’s galley. Sit either inside or out on our 45-passenger vessel as you search the Pacific for Gray, Humpback, and Sperm whales, sharks, seabirds, dolphins and sea lions on this memorable outing.
  • Duration: 150 to 180 minutes
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All Day LA Hollywood Open Bus Tour

Traverse Los Angeles and Hollywood in an open bus to explore the city on this full-day tour. See key landmarks such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Beach, Griffith Park Observatory, and much more. Learn about each location from your informative guide onboard the bus and stop at four convenient locations throughout the day to explore.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Los Angeles Air Tour over Santa Monica, Downtown LA and Hollywood

Enjoy aerial views of Los Angeles’ classic sights with a 60-minute air tour that includes Santa Monica, downtown and the Hollywood Hills. Take off in a 3-passenger airplane, and enjoy commentary from your pilot as you soar above Santa Monica to the Pacific Coast. Spot surfers and dolphins in the breaking surf and bank towards downtown’s skyscrapers and stadiums; head for the hills to see the Hollywood Sign and tinseltown studios, catch a glimpse inside the city’s exclusive studios, then touch back down at San Fernando’s Van Nuys Airport.
  • Duration: 55 to 60 mins
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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour

Explore the beautiful outdoor environment of Santa Monica and Venice Beach during this 2-hour Segway tour in Los Angeles. Cover lots of ground (much more than you could see on a walking tour) as you zip along to the many attractions of these two coastal areas, including Santa Monica Pier, the Venice Boardwalk and Muscle Beach. Along the way you’ll hear insightful commentary from your guide about the area’s history and culture. Your Segway excursion also includes a 30-minute orientation, safety equipment and snacks and beverages.
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Santa Monica and Venice Private Tour by Electric Bike

Explore Santa Monica on a 3-hour private tour by electric bike and see the highlights of the vibrant coastal city. Follow your guide along Santa Monica’s palm-lined streets. Stroll the boardwalk at the Santa Monica Pier, dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean and experience the laid-back culture and classic scenery of this iconic beach town. Cruise to vibrant Venice to see the skate park, street art and the bustle of the crowd on the ocean front walk and onward to the "gem of the tour" or the Venice canals. Then a final stop at Muscle Beach before zipping back to the shop.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Hollywood and Los Angeles Helicopter Tour from Long Beach

Soar above Los Angeles and Hollywood on a 30-minute helicopter tour from Long Beach, and capture unforgettable photos of the cities’ scenic, historic and cultural highlights. Glide up the coast above a series of harbors, ports and sandy beaches, get a glimpse of the Santa Monica Pier and watch for dolphins and whales along the Pacific shoreline. Cruise above Sunset Boulevard and spot rambling estates in Bel Air and Hollywood, then fly low above the iconic Hollywood sign before returning to the coast across the gleaming skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Full-Day Small-Group Los Angeles Tour By Luxury SUV

Explore Los Angeles on a full-day tour that covers the best of the sprawling city. Hear commentary from your guide as you take in Muscle Beach, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier, then cruise through Hollywood to the Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theater, and Dolby Theater. Get a look at Beverly Hills' celebrity mansions, Rodeo Drive, and the Sunset Strip. Continue to downtown Los Angeles to view landmarks like Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Live, Bradbury Building, and more. Ideal for travelers with limited time.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Best of Los Angeles Day Tour with German-Speaking Guide

German-speaking travelers can explore the best of Los Angeles on this incredible tour that includes stops in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Follow your fluent guide through some of the city's top attractions, like Rodeo Drive, the Walk of Fame and even the Sunset Strip. You'll learn about the history, culture and highlights of Tinsel Town on this memorable tour that provides a great overview for first-time travelers. With a small group limit of just seven travelers, you're guaranteed personalized attention, too!
  • Duration: 9 hours
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