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Santa Monica Bay: Our most recommended tours and activities

Aquarium of the Pacific: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

1. Aquarium of the Pacific: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

Take a journey of discovery at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch the Magellanic penguins. Discover Pacific Visions where you explore underwater realms and future possibilities. The centerpiece, Honda Pacific Visions Theater, features an 8-minute film with multisensory effects. The massive 180-degree curved screen and floor projection disc encompass the viewers’ full range of vision, creating a uniquely immersive experience. The theater experience is included in admission.

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Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

2. 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.

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Los Angeles: Aquarium of the Pacific Annual Membership

3. Los Angeles: Aquarium of the Pacific Annual Membership

Discover the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and enjoy the advantages of an Annual Membership Card. The cards are available in the following formats: Family Membership: all member benefits for up to two named cardholders, plus all children (17 years or younger) living in the same householdDual Membership: all member benefits for two named cardholders living in the same household The Annual Membership card will allow you to explore the 500 exhibits inside the aquarium exhibitions at your own pace and admire 12,000 animals representing the major regions of the Pacific Ocean. Marvel at the beauty and diversity of coral reefs and their animal residents, reefs in Pacific Visions through a new show in the Honda Pacific Visions Theater, and an interactive exhibit in the art gallery. Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch the Magellanic penguins. Discover Pacific Visions, where you explore underwater realms and future possibilities.

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LA: Santa Monica & Venice Beach Bike Adventure

4. 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.

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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour

5. Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour

Discover some of California’s coolest and most laid-back spots on this Segway tour through Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Learn to ride the incredible Segway® Personal Transporter and glide along the world famous Santa Monica and Venice Boardwalks for an unforgettable experience. See the historic Santa Monica Pier, the stunning seaside real estate, and the chic galleries along Ocean Front Walk, before making a stop at the California Heritage Museum. From there, glide along to the eclectic enclave of Venice, laid out by developer Abbot Kinney as a fantasy replica of the northern Italian city. Today Venice is home to a thriving underground arts scene, an active beach community and a ton of bohemian charm. Check out street performers and some of the area’s truly unique architecture, or stop into one of the area’s many art galleries. Let's just say there is no place quite like Venice Beach and our professional tour guides ensure you experience a scenic tour and soak up some glorious California sunshine.

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What people are saying about Santa Monica Bay

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 219 reviews

My husband and I were only in the area for a day so wanted to see everything and I felt like we did. Sean was our guide and we was wonderful! So knowledgeable and made sure we were ok. Gave us all good information and stops along the tour. We had a great time!

It was definitely a great way to see LA's beaches! I enjoyed the view, the ride and our amazing tour guide!

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

Amazing aquarium with lots to see. Very friendly staff.

Excellent no need to wait for my ticket without line