Sightseeing in Santa Monica

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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Malibu Stars' Homes and Beach Tour for Two, Four, Six, or Eight from Surf City Tours (Up to 55% Off)

Surf City Tours

Santa Monica

An open-air van trundles past opulent celebrity mansions and gorgeous Malibu beaches, providing ample opportunities for photos

$80 $39

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Electric-Bike Rental or Beach-Cruiser Rental from Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals (Up to 51% Off)

Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals

Marina Del Ray

Electric bikes and beach cruisers allow riders to explore beachfront paths and see local sights

$35 $17

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Two-Hour Walking Tour of Santa Monica for Two or Four at Santa Monica Conservancy (50% Off)

Santa Monica Conservancy

Downtown Santa Monica

Under the guidance of a local expert, tourists soak up the rich history and architectural beauty of downtown Santa Monica

$20 $10

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Chocolate Tour of Santa Monica with Six Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

Santa Monica

Two-hour walking tours start at Soda Jerks and include six tastings from merchants such as Vanilla Bake Shop and Huckleberry Bakery

$50 $25

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Museum Visit for Two Adults or Seniors, or Two Adults and Two Children at Museum of Flying (Up to Half 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-Hour Pedicab Tour for Two or Four from Pedicab-it (Up to 68% Off)

Pedicab-it

Downtown Santa Monica

Pedicab drivers take groups along the waterfront for an hour of shopping and sightseeing in Santa Monica

$140 $53

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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

Surrounded by walls tacked with sunny works of art, rows of easels prop up paintings in progress, their evolving canvases commanding the attention of aspiring artists. This scene plays out every day at Paint Lab, a creative haven where talented instructors ignite pupils' imaginations with positive encouragement. The studio's classes teach the technical elements of acrylic, watercolor, or oil painting while students craft their own rendition of a classic work, capture the human form in figure-drawing sessions, or turn their pen toward anime and cartoons. Adults pique their artistic sensibilities with liquid inspiration during classes that provide refreshments and cheese, and younger Picassos can pay homage to their favorite lunchbox by painting it in battle dress during after-school or weekend children's workshops.

2912 Main St
Santa Monica,
CA
US

FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.

11911 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

The ocean-side city of Santa Monica, flush with food, culture, and history, provides ample fodder for Destination Food Tours’ signature outing. Led by a local guide, groups stroll to a succession of eateries such as Bar Pinxto, where chefs infuse tapas with traditional Spanish flavors. At MAKE—a completely raw restaurant—chef and author Matthew Kenney showcases the decadence of uncooked food, and at the tour’s final stop, N’ice Cream, scoops of organic gelato refresh taste buds and extinguish mustache fires.

1400 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Isla Studio's professional photographers expresses the world and its people through richly colored fine-art images. Whether dealing with landscapes, buildings, portraits, or UFOs, the team waits for a moment to reveal itself, combining the timing of photojournalism with a carefully considered emotional resonance. They also expand the shutter-snapping community with small classes that explore the ins and outs of digital photography.

1452 2nd St
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Four Yahoo! Locals give Sherman Gallery a perfect five-star rating, and Yelpers give it a five-star average:

4039 Lincoln Blvd
Marina Del Rey,
CA
US