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Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District)
Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District)

Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District)

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In 1905, tobacco millionaire and real estate developer Abbot Kinney sought to simulate the romantic feel of Venice, Italy in America by creating the beach resort town of Venice just south-west of Santa Monica. Kinney wrangled the area's marshland into a series of canals that, initially, were traversed by ornate gondolas piloted by gondoliers in traditional Italian garb. The result are today's Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District).

The first incarnation of Venice also had an elaborate amusement pier, a miniature railroad, and a block-long street of faux-Venetian buildings, all sloping towards a wide swath of Pacific Ocean shoreline. Its commercial success inspired competition from neighboring piers in Santa Monica, but Kinney's Venice held onto its popularity even after 1920 when its founder died and his original pier burned down. Kinney's family rebuilt the pier quickly, creating a series of large-scale amusement rides that could be seen from different vantage points along the canals; this second pier would become one of the most-visited attractions in Los Angeles County throughout the 1920s.

Los Angeles annexed Venice in 1925, but provided little in the way of government infrastructure and waste management. Thus, by the time oil was discovered here in 1929, the Venice canals were already becoming trash-clogged and swampy. City developers with plans for a forest of oil wells and more commercial and residential space filled in many of the maligned canals with asphalt and concrete. Those canals that remained would fall into increasing disrepair for the next 60 years.

Though the Venice Canal Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, the canals themselves wouldn't be renovated for another decade. By 1993, when rejuvenation efforts were in full swing along the funky, laid-back and locally beloved Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the canals had been drained and refilled with fresh water that shimmered green in the sunlight, the crumbling walls and surrounding sidewalks were repaired, and several arched bridges had been rebuilt and freshly painted. The area is now one of L.A.'s most desirable neighborhoods, featuring a mix of historic and stylishly modern architecture and a well-landscaped network of walkways. Some residents travel the canals by rowboat and the waterways are also home to small fish, ducks and the occasional heron.

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The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour

The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour

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Get an intimate look at the diverse neighborhoods of LA during this 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 bottled water are also included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$162.00
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$162.00
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3 Hour Venice Beach Bike Tour

3 Hour Venice Beach Bike Tour

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Spend three hours pedaling around Venice Beach like a local: on a beach cruiser. With the bike, helmet, water, and bike basket to store your belongings, you can follow your guide on a tour designed to show you the best of the area. Ride along the Santa Monica bike path, making stops to see the highlights and learning about the area's history and culture through guided commentary.
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  • 3 hours
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$70.77
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2 Hour Venice Beach Bike Tour

2 Hour Venice Beach Bike Tour

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Bohemian Venice Beach is a city within a city, home to artists and writers, bodybuilders and techies. To really experience this quirky neighborhood, try this guided Venice Beach bike tour, and check out the neighborhood's top sights, in just a couple hours. See everything from the Pacific Ocean and canals, to street vendors and Muscle Beach. Add an optional craft beer and hors d'oeuvres experience at the Venice Beach Suites for a tasty end to your ride.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.52
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Private Full Day Tour of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Beaches

Private Full Day Tour of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Beaches

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Experience our city in the most exclusive way you can. With the #1 guest-rated private tour company on TripAdvisor. From pick up at your hotel/rental, we show you all the iconic sights in our city, including the BEST VIEW of the Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Dr., Santa Monica, Venice and Hollywood. From soft drinks to phone chargers, we leave nothing to chance. Our impassioned desire is to leave you with a collection of wonderfully fun, life-long memories of our fascinating city. Our guides take tremendous pride in making friends every time they guide a family through our city and they glow often when our client's feedback is filled with compliments calling them, fun, creative, attentive or simply amazing. As the #1 private tour company in the city, our goal is to provide an experience, not just a tour. But do not take our word for it, take a look at our amazing reviews! Book now as our tours tend to sell out!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$590.00
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Venice Beach photo shoot adventure

Venice Beach photo shoot adventure

Let us capture you on your fun adventure in Venice Beach, LA's famous West side neighborhood! Our beautiful lifestyle photos will hold your memories for good!
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  • 2 hours
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$153.85
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Fun sightseeing tours of Los Angeles

Fun sightseeing tours of Los Angeles

You must be an excellent communicator and need to relate to other people. We enjoy sharing our knowledge and making sure that our passengers get to see the highlights of each place, and we always do our best to help you maximize your time and enjoy to the fullest everywhere we go. We pride ourselves on pointing out good shopping places, bakeries, restaurants, and tourist attractions while giving all kinds of history and insight into the local culture.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$140.00
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Private Coastal Tour of Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Malibu

Private Coastal Tour of Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Malibu

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If you’re staying in inner-city LA and on a tight schedule, it can be difficult to find the time to get out to the city’s vibrant coastal neighborhoods. Instead of hiring a car or planning a complicated chain of buses and trains, this flexible sightseeing tour fits into any schedule. Get picked up at a time that works for you and drive around Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Malibu in a luxury SUV, your guide on hand to point out the quirky and beautiful highlights of each neighborhood.
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  • 3 hours
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The Ultimate Venice Beach Experience

The Ultimate Venice Beach Experience

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This is the ultimate Venice Beach experience! Explore the boardwalk, lift weights at Muscle Beach (or just watch others do it!), visit the skate park and stroll along the famed canals as you learn the history of this most remarkable community.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles in a Luxurious SUV

Private Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles in a Luxurious SUV

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$399.00
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Private Tour of Los Angeles in a Luxury SUV/Minivan. Experienced Tour Guides.

Private Tour of Los Angeles in a Luxury SUV/Minivan. Experienced Tour Guides.

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We invite you to spend a day in Los Angeles on a private tour in a luxury minivan which can seat up to 7 passengers with energetic and charismatic tour guide. Unwind and relax as you passing through the mansions of celebrities in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Your dreams will come true as you drive through scenic streets of LA to see Hollywood sign, find your favorite stars on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood and and get a cup of coffee or juice at a celebrities' hot spot. This will be a tour you will remember forever. It's a private tour, so you can customize it however you want. We always consider our clients' interests in special requests.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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$610.26
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LA Iconic Coast Tour and Beach Day/Scenic Hike: Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu

LA Iconic Coast Tour and Beach Day/Scenic Hike: Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu

This private tour for up to 6 guests is a unique blend of sightseeing along the most naturally beautiful parts of Los Angeles and seaside relaxation. There are excellent photo opportunities at every location, gorgeous beaches, plenty of time to enjoy the sea, and a guide to let you know more about the special history of these mythical seaside neighborhoods. You can stay or stop in famous seaside attractions according to your interests while having the guide's full attention to your needs. Start your tour at the Venice Canals and Boardwalk, take a walk through picturesque Santa Monica Pier, go to Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach for a taste of the Malibu lifestyle, then have a relaxing afternoon by the sea at Point Dume, which offers beaches, hiking trails and incredible views. This private tour includes free pickup from your hotel or AirBNB, use of a cooler with snacks and drinks, beach chairs and towels to enjoy the sea, and live tour commentary from your personal driver guide.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$189.75
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$189.75
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L.A. Highlights Private Full Day Tour of Los Angeles

L.A. Highlights Private Full Day Tour of Los Angeles

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Experience our city in the most exclusive way you can. With the #1 guest-rated private tour company on TripAdvisor. From pick up at your hotel/rental, we show you all the iconic sights in our city, including the BEST VIEW of the Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Dr., Santa Monica, Venice and Hollywood. From soft drinks to phone chargers, we leave nothing to chance. Our impassioned desire is to leave you with a collection of wonderfully fun, life-long memories of our fascinating city. Our guides take tremendous pride in making friends every time they guide a family through our city and they glow often when our client's feedback is filled with compliments calling them, fun, creative, attentive or simply amazing. As the #1 private tour company in the city, our goal is to provide an experience, not just a tour. But do not take our word for it, take a look at our amazing reviews! Book now as our tours tend to sell out!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$116.93
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Best of Los Angeles Day Tour with German-Speaking Guide

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!
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.00
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Full Day Private and Custom Los Angeles Beaches and City Tour

Full Day Private and Custom Los Angeles Beaches and City Tour

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If you want to see it all during your visit to Los Angeles, this private and fully customizable 7-hour full day tour is the perfect opportunity.  On the city-side, see Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  Then travel west to take in the scenic beauty of Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Malibu.  You're guaranteed a tried and true highly-rated industry professional guide that's fully licensed and passionate about showcasing our amazing cities. *In the tour details listed above, there are few options that best describe timeframes for stops and drive-by introductions. Plus, there are a handful of locations not listed in available "Attractions." Some attractions may not be accessible on certain days of the year. This tour is a solid 7 hours, and we've laid out a guesstimate on stops and travel time. Remember, this is a private tour, so you're also welcome to fully customize your time.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$568.30
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$568.30
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City + Experience Tour

City + Experience Tour

We know LA and Cannabis like no other, we have been patients so we know where the best Cannabis. Also we have gift bags and 20% discounts at all of our dispensary locations.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.99
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Private Romantic Tour in Historic Venice Canals

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Private Romantic Tour in Historic Venice Canals

Ready to ride in the canals of Venice, Los Angeles? We will be rowing canoes down these famous Los Angeles waterways while learning about the rich history of the Venice of America. This experience is great for couples, pairs and small groups. We will meet at the canals, board the canoes, and then do a 1-hour boat tour with a history of Venice.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.00
$80.00
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Private Tour: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica & Venice w/ driver/guide

Private Tour: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica & Venice w/ driver/guide

There is so much to see in Los Angeles that we will start off with a comfortable pick up with your chauffeur and licensed driver/guide. During this private full day tour you will visit unique sites like Beverly Hills, the famous Hollywood sign, The Walk of Fame and of course the beaches: Santa Monica and Venice. You can customise the itinerary with your driver/guide in case you are interested in visiting a particular place during your tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$616.63
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Coffee Social at the Venice Canals

Coffee Social at the Venice Canals

You will start the morning by discovering the Swedish concept of Fika, meeting other travelers, new friends over coffee and pastries. Then we will head out to the Venice Canals where the tour guide will explain the history and other interesting facts of the Venice Canals.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.00
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Beaches + Buds Tour

Beaches + Buds Tour

We take you on a unique journey up PCH to LA's best beaches and dispensaries. We pick picture perfect days and take care everything you need to enjoy your day in LA while stopping at some best dispensaries LA has to offer with discounts.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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Go Legendary Custom City Sightseeing [Private Tour]

Go Legendary Custom City Sightseeing [Private Tour]

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Los Angeles is a huge sprawl of a city. There’s such an overwhelming amount of amazing things to do, it can often be intimidating. This often leads to settling on mediocre, safe, run of the mill activities and tours. Whether it’s your 1st or 100th time to LA, it’s all about finding that fresh, unique experience tailored to you. Whatever your interests, we can help you plan it, book it and/or guide it! We will discuss your activity desires and put together an absolutely LEGENDARY City Adventure for you. The options are limitless. Once you are booked, we can consult to build your completely unique Go Legendary Adventure. Activity Examples: Cultural: Museums & Galleries Sports Live Music Events: Concerts, Music Venues, Under the Radar Live Music Entertainment: Studio Tours, Live Tapings, Special Movie Events, Live Theater, Stand Up Comedy, Improv, Opera, Ballet History Architecture Film Locations Shopping Neighborhoods & Amazing Houses
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 20 Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District) tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District) costs USD 34.00. Guided Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District) tours start around USD 34.00 per person. See all 20 Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District) tickets and tours on Viator.