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Santa Monica Pier: Our most recommended tours and activities

Los Angeles: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

1. Los Angeles: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover the top sights in Los Angles with a hop-on hop-off open-top double-decker bus tour. Choose a 24 or 48-hour ticket or upgrade your experience to the Deluxe 2-day tour with the TCL Chinese Theatre Walking Tour, and the Celebrity Homes and Lifestyle Tour.  Climb aboard the double-decker bus for unique views of sights like the world-famous Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, and Beverly Hills. Your journey will be packed with fun and engaging stories with a fully-narrated audio tour. Stop at locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at the Big Bus Visitor Center Hollywood. Guests may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. Stay comfortable with air-conditioning on the lower deck and recorded commentary available in 9 languages. Location Highlights Include: Big Bus Visitor Center Hollywood TCL Chinese Theatre Guitar Center “Rock Walk” The Comedy Store Whisky A Go Go Beverly Gardens Park Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive Beverly Center LACMA La Brea Tarpits Farmers Market The Grove Melrose Shopping Paramount Studios 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica Pier

Los Angeles: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

2. 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, choose 1 of 3 tour loops, or combine them 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: LA Grand Tour

3. Los Angeles: LA Grand Tour

Get a feel for the City of Angels with this full-day tour to some of its key sights. Experience a selection of its main attractions including ocean views and the Walk of Fame. After departing at 10:00 AM from Sunset Boulevard, be driven first to Santa Monica Pier. Stop here for 1 hour to take a walk down the pier, see beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and visit the 3rd Street Promenade. Next, drive to an outdoor farmer's market for a 1-hour lunch stop. Here you can enjoy some of the best food in LA, freshly prepared from local produce. Enjoy family-friendly activities and shop at the famous Grove in Beverly Hills. Then, head for the Griffith Observatory for views of the Hollywood Sign, space and science exhibits, and downtown LA. Finally, travel to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Check out Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater, and take a photo with your favorite celebrity's star.

Los Angeles: Santa Monica and Venice Electric Bike Tour

4. 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 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.

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.

Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off & Celebrity Homes Tour

6. Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off & Celebrity Homes Tour

Starline’s Hollywood tour has been around since 1935, and with over 80 years experience, LA’s most entertaining tour guides will take you on a trip like no other. Travel to Hollywood’s legendary landmarks and see first-hand where the celebrities work, play, live and create memories. Our professional guides spot more celebrities, see more homes and have more unique stories than anyone else. Our intimate, small, open-top vehicles allow you to see the sights in the upmost comfort. On top of our celebrity tour, your Hop-On Hop-Off double decker bus pass is your key to the city, delivering incredible adventure and great value for money. We offer two types of Hop-On Hop-Off bus passes, including 24 hour and 48 hour timeframes. It's an ideal way for first time visitors to get to know Los Angeles. If you’re a returning visitor, you can also take advantage of this tour to explore the city from a new perspective, at your leisure and convenience.

Los Angeles: Private Full-Day Tour by SUV

7. 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 the world-famous Rodeo Drive. See the store from which Julia Roberts was kicked out of in the movie Pretty Woman. At the end of the tour you can enjoy the fantastic views on the pier in Santa Monica and explore the bohemian district of Venice Beach.

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: Private 1-Hour Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

9. Los Angeles: Private 1-Hour Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Your flight departs from Van Nuys Airpor and heads off along the golden coastline towards Calabasas. Next, fly south over Malibu Canyon and then along the stunning Santa Monica Mountains. From here, admire breathtaking views across the Pacific, as well as Malibu Pier, Surfrider Beach, and Pepperdine University. Continue the flight over some of Los Angeles’ most iconic sights, including Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Downtown LA, and the Dodger Stadium. Swoop over the city and see the impressive skyline gleaming in the Californian sunshine, before finally passing by the iconic Hollywood Sign. This is LA's only 65-minute helicopter tour.

Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Tour with Mountain Landing

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Santa Monica Pier

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,563 reviews

First upon arrival at the tour pick up point go into the shop and check in. The drivers when ready will call out names and assign seats on a bus. We did the 7 hour tour and loved every minute of it. You get the right amount of time at each location. Driver was informative and helpful. Great day out.

A great tour around the Santa Monica and Venice area by a knowledgeable tour guide in Barb. A nice, easy going activity to enjoy the entire strip without breaking a sweat. The e-bikes were great too!

Pilot was very informative and friendly, it was truly amazing to see the coast and surroundings! Would do it again in a heartbeat.

A great tour!! You see a lot of different places and have the opportunity to visit them during the tour.

The trip to Santa Monica Beach was nice. The other 2 weren't that interesting.