Activities in Santa Monica

One or Three Surf Lessons of Half-Day Surfboard Rental at Star-Surf (Up to 68% Off)

Star-Surf

Santa Monica

Instruction at Santa Monica surfing outfit centers on safety and etiquette along with the basics of paddling, popping up, and wave selection

$99 $40

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Full-Day Beach-Cruiser Rental for One, Two, or Four at Bike Curious Rentals (Up to 51% Off)

Bike Curious Rentals

Venice

Beach cruisers let renters zoom down the Venice Beach boardwalk or Strand bike path

$20 $12

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Board and Wetsuit Rentals, Lessons, or Five-Day Camp at Venice Beach Surf School (Up to 70% Off). Six Options Available.

Venice Beach Surf School

Venice Beach Surf School

Instructor with more than 25 years of experience teaches students to master surfing basics before taking them on the water

$60 $29

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The Dollface Dames at Magicopolis on September 13–January 10 at 10:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

The Dollface Dames

Magicopolis

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Foxy burlesque team enthralls audiences with evening of striptease, song, comedy, and vaudeville

$30 $15

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Ice Skating and Hot Chocolate for Two or Four in November or January at ICE Santa Monica (Up to 28% Off)

ICE Santa Monica

Downtown Santa Monica

Winter oasis mere blocks from the beach boasts an outdoor ice rink where people of all ages skate under the sun and stars throughout winter

$36 $26

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$42 for a Two-Hour Trapeze Lesson at Trapeze School New York ($87 Value)

Trapeze School New York

TSNY Los Angeles LLC

Learn how to hang, flip, and dismount from the latest circus apparatus on Santa Monica Pier

$87 $42

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Standup-Paddleboard Rental or Lesson for One, Two, or Four at Malibu Paddle Surf in Santa Monica (Up to 65% Off)

Malibu Paddle Surf

Ocean Park

Instructor with more than 30 years of experience; equipment provided

$60 $30

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Three or Six Music and Spanish Classes for Ages 8 Months to 3 Years and Parents at Baila Baila (Up to 61% Off)

Baila Baila

Santa Monica

Fun songs, dancing, and graphics introduce toddlers and parents to the Spanish language

$66 $27

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One or Two Private Tennis Lessons at Beach City Tennis (Up to 55% Off)

Beach City Tennis

Marina Del Rey

Beginners age 5+ hone strokes and refine strategies during private lessons that focus on their strengths and weaknesses

$100 $49

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Four or Eight Fitness and Play Classes for Kids at Play to Your Health (Up to 53% Off)

Play To Your Health

Clover Park

Kids hone their physical prowess through sports drills, gymnastics, track and field training, and fitness training disguised as games

$100 $49

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Museum Visit for Two Adults or Seniors, or Two Adults and Two Children at Museum of Flying (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Flying

Santa Monica

Nearly two dozen planes chronicle aviation from the Wright brothers through the jet age, with emphasis on the Douglas Aircraft Company

$20 $10

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One-Year Individual, Partner, or Family Membership at Santa Monica Museum of Art (Up to 58% Off)

Santa Monica Museum of Art

Santa Monica

One year of museum admission and events such as members' previews, book-club meetings, and workshops

$55 $25

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Two One-Hour Skiing or Snowboarding Simulation Lessons for One, Two, or Four at Virtual Snow (50% Off)

Virtual Snow

Multiple Locations

Two-time world champion uses advanced virtual simulators to teach fledgling skiers and snowboarders the ropes of winter sports

$198 $99

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$36 for $80 Worth of Services at Nita Blum Yoga

Nita Blum Yoga

Marina Del Ray

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$80 $36

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All-Day Bike Rental for One or Two with Helmet, Lock, and Basket from Boardwalk Skate & Surf (50% Off)

Boardwalk Skate & Surf

Venice

Individuals or couples can cruise the Venice Beach boardwalk with all-day bike rentals that include locks, helmets, and bike baskets

$30 $15

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10 or 20 Group Fitness Classes at Drive Cardio (Up to 85% Off)

Drive Cardio

Pacific Palisades

Exercisers rotate through treadmills, Bosu balls, and cable extensions as instructors guide high-impact interval-training workouts

$260 $40

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Admission for Two or Four to Santa Monica History Museum (50% Off)

Santa Monica History Museum

Downtown Santa Monica

Visitors can wander through a replica of a Douglas aircraft or digitally insert their photos onto historical front-page newspaper stories

$10 $5

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Four or Eight Piano or Keyboard Lessons at The Piano Studio (Up to 64% Off)

The Piano Studio

Pacific Palisades

The Simply Music program of piano instruction helps new pianists build repertoire and skill sets in classical, blues, and contemporary

$179 $64

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$425 for $850 Worth of Yacht Rental — Charter L.A. Yachts

Charter La Yachts

Marina Del Ray

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$850 $425

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New York-native John Cassese's motto is, "If you can walk, you can dance." The celebrity dance instructor and choreographer's own quick-stepping career began at the tender age of 10, jumpstarting a passion that would eventually take him careening across the stages of off-Broadway productions, nightclubs, dance competitions, and the occasional monster-truck rally. It wasn't until he relocated to Los Angeles that an agent dubbed him "The Dance Doctor," and soon after, he found his fleet-footed prowess and teaching abilities in high demand amongst production studios such as Sony, Paramount, and 20th Century Fox.

Between choreographing a Charleston dance sequence on AMC's Mad Men and singing at the 50th birthday parties of Billy Crystal and Wolfgang Puck, John leads a team of instructors as they teach celebs and everyday Tinseltowners the finer points of styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop. Despite all the fanfare, his biggest praise comes from his work with soon-to-be-married couples, who seek his advice on everything from basic steps and song selection, to the length of the post-cake-cutting conga line.

1440 4th St
Santa Monica,
CA
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Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.

Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.

15327 W Sunset Blvd
Pacific Palisades,
CA
US

Iron Fitness's name and garage-like exterior might suggest that it holds a cavernous space full of musclemen and barbells. Instead, step through the doors and you'll find an intimate, boutique workout experience marked by 9,000 square feet of fitness machines and three studios with distinct identities.

Iron x PT specializes in personal training. During one-on-one fitness sessions, upbeat but tough-minded trainers analyze what clients need to do to reach their fitness goals, then motivate them to do it. Momentum, on the other hand, is all about the power of group fitness. Its instructors don't just follow workout trends—often, they set them, pioneering styles such as the hip-hop-based Groov3 and Pound, which celebrates percussive rhythms and prepares students for marathon meat-tenderizing sessions. Finally, the Elite studio connects gloved fists and with punching bags in a ring run by pro-level boxing instructors.

1919 Broadway
Santa Monica,
CA
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Santa Monica Museum of Art started big: upon its founding in 1984, it moved right into a space designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. And it only got bigger. 14 years later, it relocated to expanded digs in the Bergamot Station Arts Center. That's remarkable in part because the museum has no permanent archive?instead of amassing a collection, it fills its schedule with rotating exhibits and the fruit of partnerships with with some of the world's most innovative modern artists.

A main gallery and two project rooms have showcased work including landscape and portrait paintings, mixed media, video sculpture, and creative installations from local and international artists. Programs ranging from modern crafting workshops to book-club meetings led by a guest artist or scholar also fill the space with creativity. To immerse guests deeper in the world of modern art, SMMoA also offers guided private-group tours and special members-only tours led by executive director Elsa Longhauser.

2419 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Matteo Baker didn't put ?220? in the name of his fitness center just to help people remember its street address. He did it to remind them of his goal for the center's services: to be ?second to none.? With body-bolstering services that range from personal training to chiropractic care to nutritional counseling, 220 Fitness and Wellness blends conventional gym practices with holistic wellness therapy to forge a multifaceted approach to health. While in one of three studios or out on the beach, guests can get hearts pumping in one of the center's group classes, including boot camp, cycling, and yoga, each of which take place frequently enough to let latecomers find a fun alternate class and early comers join in the previous class's naptime. When workouts are finished, the modern facility's licensed and certified health practitioners work to help guests recover from or prevent injuries with physical therapy, chiropractic care, and massage therapy.

220 Main Street
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Bryan Freeman wanted two things out of his career: to meet new people and spend time outdoors. With this in mind, Mr. Freeman's path seemed obvious. He would start giving bike tours. A self-described "fact guy," the expert guide draws upon his extensive knowledge of the Venice area to delight both tourists and California natives. From the Venice canals to the spacious mailboxes of celebrity homes, the expert guide tells stories about famous locations and uncovers some of the area's hidden gems. "Everyone always says they had no idea the tour would be so exciting," he says. "People think Venice is just the beach, but just a block away there is so much more."

Mr. Freeman doesn't keep his groups confined to the seats and cowboy saddles of bicycles. He frequently points out ideal spots for photo ops and occasionally pauses for activities, such as letting groups spray paint their names onto a legal-graffiti wall. He also supplies optional helmet cams that capture videos for souvenirs.

24 Windward Avenue
Los Angeles,
CA
US

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