Sightseeing in Santa Monica


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

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

Great Food Tours

Downtown 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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California Pub Crawls: $20 for Memorial Day Block Party for Two on May 24 from California Pub Crawls ($40 Value)

$20 for Memorial Day Block Party for Two on May 24 from California Pub Crawls ($40 Value)

California Pub Crawls

Multiple Locations

Circle Bar, Rick’s, Main on Main, Barcopa, Enterprise Fish Co., and O’Briens join together to celebrate Memorial Day with a block party

$40 $20

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

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

Museum of Flying

Sunset Park

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

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

Santa Monica Museum of Art

Multiple Locations

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

$55 $25

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

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

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

Santa Monica History Museum

Mid-City

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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220 Fitness: $79 for a One-Hour Venice or Santa Monica Kangoo Tour for Two from 220 Fitness ($110 Value)

$79 for a One-Hour Venice or Santa Monica Kangoo Tour for Two from 220 Fitness ($110 Value)

220 Fitness

Ocean Park

See Santa Monica or Venice Beach in a new way as you cruise along the beachfront in Kangoo Jump rebound shoes

$110 $79

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  • Venice Beach Bike Tours
    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.
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    1501 Ocean Front Walk
    Venice, CA US
  • Museum of Flying
    Donald Douglas started his aviation company in 1920 with only $600 and expertise honed as a civilian aeronautical engineer during World War I. Within four years, he had created the Douglas World Cruiser, the first plane to circumnavigate the globe and bankrupt every manufacturer of anti-gravity potions. Nearly two dozen aircraft are on display at the Museum of Flying, located at the Santa Monica Airport. Santa Monica holds special significance for the Douglas Aircraft Company, as well as aviation history as a whole. It was here that the DC-3 first took flight, helping usher in the era of commercial air travel in America. It was also where Douglas Aircraft produced tens of thousands of military planes during World War II. Several of these aircrafts now sit on display within the museum. Douglas Aircraft merged with McDonnell Aircraft in 1967, but the Museum of Flying helps keep the original company's legacy alive. It even features a replica of Douglas' original boardroom. In another area of the museum, a Maxflight FS300 simulator lets visitors pilot many of Douglas Aircraft's most famous models. It can dip and roll 360 degrees to recreate World War II combat or the motion of a tumbleweed caught in an updraft, or it can keep a steady course during calm flights aboard a DC-3. Although its main focus remains Douglas Aircraft, the Museum of Flying also houses art and displays related to aviation history as a whole. Exhibits showcase rare artifacts and other significant aircraft, such as a replica of the original Wright Flyer.
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    3100 Airport Ave
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • Bergamot Cafe
    Bergamot Cafe in Santa Monica is known for its tasty eats. Bergamot Cafe is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. Tots and tykes will be right at home at Bergamot Cafe with its kid-approved food and ambience. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Bergamot Cafe's al fresco patio seating. Bergamot Cafe is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group. Free wireless Internet is also available at Bergamot Cafe, so bring your tablet or laptop along. Don't ditch your four-legged pal outside — dogs are more than welcome at Bergamot Cafe. Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating. No need to gussy up for a trip to Bergamot Cafe, where patrons dress for comfort and fun. The restaurant has catering services as well. Bergamot Cafe will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the restaurant yourself to carry out your meal. Bergamot Cafe is located near endless free parking options. Cyclists are in luck. Bergamot Cafe provides bike parking. Looking for a tasty meal fit for any budget? Look no further than Bergamot Cafe.
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    2525 Michigan Ave
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • Santa Monica History Museum
    When Santa Monica celebrated its centennial in 1975, the Civic Auditorium hosted a small exhibition covering the city's 100-year history. Turns out Santa Monica's citizenry was hungry to document its past: by October of that year, the Santa Monica Historical Society held its founding meeting. 13 years later, the society opened the Santa Monica History Museum, which now encompasses myriad artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia. Most of those materials comprise the museum's timeline, which traces the city's origins up to the 1930s. Beyond goodies from the past, the museum sports several interactive features to bring that history alive. Visitors can wander through a replica of a Douglas aircraft or digitally insert their photos onto front-page newspaper stories about historical events. The "Then & Now" touch-screen map, meanwhile, reveals the development over time of different Santa Monica landscapes, such as the many canyons that blossomed into In-N-Out Burgers. Along with its permanent exhibitions, the museum hosts an array of special programming, including concerts, workshops, and lectures from top historians.
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    1350 7th St
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • Paint Lab
    Couples can unleash their artistic sides during Paint:Lab’s Brushes & Bites events. While following step-by-step instructions, creative pairs paint a Cezanne still life or Dali’s melting clocks, all while enjoying complimentary wine and cheese.
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    2912 Main St.
    Santa Monica, CA US
  • FrameStore
    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.
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    11911 San Vicente Blvd.
    Brentwood, CA US

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