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Venice Beach Tours

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Venice Beach
Known for its free-spirited vibe, Venice Beach is a happening, upscale outlier of Los Angeles, fronted by the iconic Venice Boardwalk, officially known as the Ocean Front Walk. Encounters with pickup basketball teams, fortune tellers, and roller skating sunseekers are pretty much guaranteed—especially on hot Southern California summer days. Beyond the sand, visit the skate park, the famous Muscle Beach outdoor gym, and Abbot Kinney Boulevard, featuring trendy restaurants, stylish boutiques, galleries, and cafés. 

The Basics
Travelers love strolling Venice Beach to take in the bohemian boardwalk and its brightly colored murals, funky shops, and street performers, including the Sunday afternoon drum circle. A hop-on hop-off bus tour is a great way to explore Venice Beach on your own schedule, while renting bikes or roller skates enables you to cover more ground—and blend in with the locals. This sandy spot is typically visited on Los Angeles city sightseeing tours and is sometimes paired with a stop in Santa Monica.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Venice Beach is a must-see for sun worshippers looking to experience Southern California’s beach scene.
  • Venice Beach offers a number of shops, restaurants, and cafes for travelers interested in souvenirs and dining.
  • Accessible parking, picnic tables, and restrooms are available; visit a lifeguard stand to inquire about beach wheelchair rentals.

How to Get There
Venice Beach is located southeast of Santa Monica, along California’s famous Pacific Coast Highway. Street parking can be found along the beach and on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and there are also a few parking lots.

When to Get There
Venice Beach is a public outdoor beach, open 365 days a year. It’s busiest on Sundays and less crowded on weekdays. Temperatures can reach up to 100°F (38°C) in summer, while average winter temperatures are about 60°F (15°C).

Prominent Residents of Venice Beach 
Notable Venice homeowners include Hollywood stars Julia Roberts, Viggo Mortensen, Kate Beckinsale, Rutger Hauer, Anjelica Huston, and Elijah Wood. Actor Robert Downey Jr. kept an apartment on the boardwalk during the 1990s, and decades before, musician Jim Morrison met Ray Manzarek and formed the Doors while living in Venice. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s acting career began after he became a regular bodybuilder at Venice’s famous Gold’s Gym. And restaurateur Wolfgang Puck has owned and operated restaurants here since the 1990s.
Address: Pacific Coast Highway, Venice 90291, USA
Hours: Open 24 hrs daily
Admission: Free
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78 Tours and Activities to Experience Venice Beach

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Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Beaches and More

Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Beaches and More

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From the Hollywood sign to the celebrity mansions of Beverly Hills, Los Angles is so full of iconic sights it can be tricky to see them all. This guided tour seamlessly transports you by coach to all of the city's top attractions—from Santa Monica Pier to the Sunset Strip—so that you don't need to worry about missing a thing.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00
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Los Angeles Highlights Tour: Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood and Beverly Hills

Los Angeles Highlights Tour: Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood and Beverly Hills

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Discover the best of Los Angeles during this 7-hour highlights trip covering Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Skip the hassles of driving in traffic as your expert guide helps you sample all that LA has to offer. First head to the beach to explore Santa Monica Pier and counterculture vibes of Venice. Then spend the afternoon discovering iconic Hollywood sights like the Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre. Finish the day amidst the designer boutiques and celebrities of Beverly Hills. A guide, snacks and air-conditioned minivan transport are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$159.00
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$159.00
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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los Angeles

Santa Monica and Venice Beach Tour from Los Angeles

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See the hotspots around Santa Monica and Venice Beach on this tour by air-conditioned coach. Led by a local guide, make stops at the Third Street Promenade, the Santa Monica Pier, Venice’s Muscle Beach, the luxury homes of Malibu and more. Your guide provides fun and factual commentary about Los Angeles as you take in the views and top attractions.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.00
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$109.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$243.56
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.03
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Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

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Discover Los Angeles on your own terms thanks to this convenient hop-on, hop-off bus excursion covering the city’s top highlights. Enjoy the sun from the open top of your bus, offering 360-degree vistas of the surrounding landmarks. Best of all, your hop-on, hop-off excursion covers more than 50 locations throughout the city, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood and downtown L.A. You can also choose between a 24-, 48-, and 72-hour ticket options and plenty of convenient departures, thanks to its 365-days-a-year operation schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00
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The Best of LA Tour from Anaheim or LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Beaches

The Best of LA Tour from Anaheim or LA: Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Beaches

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Explore Hollywood, Los Angeles, and beyond on this all-day guided excursion from Anaheim, downtown L.A., or North Hollywood. After a convenient hotel pickup, head out with a knowledgeable guide and experience classic sites and neighborhoods like the Hollywood Sign and the Walk of Fame, Memorial Coliseum, Griffith Observatory, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00

Venice Beach, CA WalkingTour

Venice Beach, CA WalkingTour

This tour is given by a local travel agent who is a native Angelino who grew up in the area and spent many a summer's day on the beach around the neighborhood! This is a low impact, light stroll, very easy walk to enjoy with someone who knows the neighborhood and is off the beaten path!
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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$19.24
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Private Luxurious Tour of Los Angeles

Private Luxurious Tour of Los Angeles

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Experience Los Angeles in style and sophistication on a private tour, ideal for travelers seeking a personalized experience. During this custom tour, tick off iconic LA sights such as Venice Beach, the Hollywood Sign, Santa Monica Beach and Pier, Sunset Strip, and many more. Amend your itinerary according to your preferences and stop for as long or as little as you like at iconic Los Angeles landmarks. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$265.65
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$162.00
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$162.00
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Los Angeles Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

Los Angeles Highlights Full-Day Guided Tour

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Explore one of America’s coolest cities on a highlights tour of Los Angeles. During this 7-hour tour, visit cool neighborhoods such as Venice Beach, Hollywood, and Santa Monica as well as iconic landmarks like the Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Sign. Drive around the ‘City of Angels’ in an air-conditioned coach and listen to live commentary on board from your guide.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$183.59
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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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6-Hour Los Angeles City Tour

6-Hour Los Angeles City Tour

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See the best of Los Angeles on a half-day tour of the city’s most glamorous neighborhoods and iconic landmarks. Learn where to eat, shop, and party as you explore L.A. with a professional guide, from Hollywood Boulevard’s star-studded sidewalks to gleaming downtown skyscrapers. Snap a selfie with the Hollywood sign, spot celebrity homes in Beverly Hills, and watch an elegant crowd browse Rodeo Drive’s exclusive boutiques. Cruise the renowned Sunset Strip before hitting the Pacific Coast Highway to sink your toes into L.A.’s most beloved beaches.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.00
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Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Los Angeles Venice Beach

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Los Angeles Venice Beach

Funky, Fun and Full of Flavor best describes the cuisine of Venice Beach, L.A. Whatever your favorite cuisine, you'll find it recreated in Venice Beach to reflect the flair and nonconformity of this eclectic city. By booking on our Los Angeles Food Tours, we will take you on a tasting adventure with delicious foods and drinks that have an international influence recreated for local style. As we walk and eat you will be entertained with stories of the city and its history. By the end of your tour you will have a greater understanding of the cuisine, the culture, and the fusion that created it. Plus, with all our tours, there is our Secret Dish, which you can only find out about on the day. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 3 hours
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Private Surfing Lesson in Venice Beach

Private Surfing Lesson in Venice Beach

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Experience the excitement of surfing with one of the top rated surf schools in Los Angeles! With our private surf classes you will get the best quality surfing lesson. All our lead instructors are certified and have years of experience teaching worldwide. The lessons are held in the remote part of Venice Beach - one of the most reknown and iconic Californian beaches. Our private classes are great for students of all levels. If it's your first time surfing or you just recently started, our instructors will provide you with the detailed land lesson and make sure that you are confortable with the surfboard before taking you in the water. If you are already experienced and are looking to advance your skills, you can go straight to the line up wth the instructor coaching and supervising you throughout the entire lesson. Quality and your safety are our top priorities. We guarantee you the best surfing experience possible!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.85
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Big Bus Los Angeles Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Big Bus Los Angeles Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Go sightseeing in Los Angeles at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off tour by double-decker bus. From the glamour of Hollywood to the beaches of the Pacific coast, you can choose where to explore in depth by hopping off the bus. Select either a 1-day or 2-day ticket that covers both the Hollywood Loop and the Beach Loop with onboard commentary along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.00
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VIP Hollywood and Beverly Hills Day Tour

VIP Hollywood and Beverly Hills Day Tour

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Have Fun Tours has been in business for over 12 years. As native Californians, we have extensive knowledge of local tourist spots and hidden gems. We leverage our familiarity with the places where we tour to create a one-of-a-kind VIP experience for you and your loved ones. We tap into our network of reputable companies, popular theme parks, and influential people in Hollywood and surrounding areas to provide you with exclusive travel deals. Aside from public tours, we offer special private trips that feature once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. We always come up with new ways to design tours that match your thirst for adventure. With the Hollywood Tour, the coup d'etat is our stop by the live outdoor taping of a TV show, Access Hollywood, hosted by our dear friend, Mario Lopez. This is limited to Wednesdays through the end of the year until January 1, 2020 when it will be available M - F. We also offer SPANISH speaking tours.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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$130.00

All Day LA Hollywood & Beach Tour

All Day LA Hollywood & Beach Tour

This Tour is a Special Experience featuring Best Tour Guide, most informative and entertaining fun Tour in Los Angeles. Don't Leave LA Without It.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.95
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Luxury of Private Tour of Los Angeles

Luxury of Private Tour of Los Angeles

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Because Los Angeles is such an expansive city, it's easy for travelers with limited time to miss must-see attractions. On this private, full-day Los Angeles tour, get a comprehensive look at this stunning city. Let your tour guide lead the way as you're whisked to top neighborhoods and famous sights, including Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. See Rodeo Drive and the Sunset Strip, and stop for a snapshot with your favorite celebrity handprint at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$219.00
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Los Angeles

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Los Angeles

Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Los Angeles and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Los Angeles, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 30 minutes
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$272.44
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Los Angeles

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Los Angeles

Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Los Angeles and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Los Angeles, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$381.42
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Los Angeles

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Los Angeles

Capture your time in LA as you want to remember it, without worrying about blurriness, overexposure or even just a thumb over the camera lens. Choose anywhere in Los Angeles and meet up with a professional photographer for your own private session. Whether you’re remembering your honeymoon or a great family vacation, get beautifully-shot, beautifully-staged photographs at a range of LA landmarks to share with everyone back home.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$544.88
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Los Angeles

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Los Angeles

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Los Angeles and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Los Angeles, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
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$708.34
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Venice Beach hours of operation?
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Venice Beach hours of operation: Open 24 hrs daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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What's the best way to experience Venice Beach?