SONY STUDIOS TOUR
10202 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (323) 520-TOUR
Step back into a legendary time and get a glimpse of Old Hollywood's Glory
days on this 2 hour walking tour. You can see where the Yellowbrick Road
once was or maybe drop in on the Jeopardy! set for a little game show trivia.
Tour Hours: 9:30AM, 11AM, 12PM, 2PM (summer only) and 3PM.
Minimum age is 12 years.
Tours start at the Sony Pictures Plaza on Madison Ave between Washington
and Culver Blvd. Free parking provided.
You are sure to recognize Santa Monica as the community featured
on postcards depicting Southern California's beautiful beaches. Nestled
between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountain range, you will
find miles of beaches as you wind your way along Pacific Coast Highway.
Or take a scenic drive down palm-lined Ocean Avenue with its hotels and
restaurants, located on a bluff overlooking the ocean.
SANTA MONICA PIER
oldest pleasure pier on the West Coast, the Santa Monica Pier features
amusement rides, arcade games, street performers, souvenir shops, restaurants,
fishing and an awesome view! There are a total of 11 rides on the Pier.
Be sure to check out the Pacific Park roller coaster with its breathtaking
views of the waves below and the giant Pacific Ferris wheel which takes
you 9 stories above the sea! Rides are priced from $1 -$4.
Ride the Santa Monica Carousel, with its 44 hand-carved horses, which has
been designated as a national historic landmark. Adults $.50, Children
Rent a fishing pole at the Bait & Tackle and fish off the end of the
Pier. No permit needed. There is a bike path that extends both north and
south of the Pier, so rent a bike or a pair of skates and enjoy!
is the historic birthplace of bodybuilding. This surfside gym
was home to former fitness gurus Jack LaLanne and Vic Tanny back in the
'50s. Stuntmen, gymnast and fitness experts came here to flex their muscles
and its popularity continues today. Test your strength on the gymnastic
rings, swings, and chin up bars. Located just south of the Pier on the
THE THIRD STREET
is located 3 blocks from the ocean and features a pedestrian
walkway with outdoor cafes, restaurants, coffeehouses, bookstores, movie
theaters, and shops lining the walk. On Wednesday and Saturday from 9AM-
2 PM there is a Farmer's Market that sells local produce and flowers.
MUSEUM OF FLYING
2772 Donald Douglas Loop North, Santa Monica, CA (310) 392-8822
Southern California has a rich aviation history. See the historic aircraft,
exhibitions, hands-on displays, and flight simulator at the museum.
Hours: 10Am - 5PM Wednesday - Sunday.
Adults $7, Children (3-16) $3, Seniors $5
runs from the Third Street Promenade to Main Street with stops
at the Oceanside hotels. Cost is $.25. Schedules can be obtained at the
Visitors Center or hotels.
SANTA MONICA VISITORS
Contact for more information on things to do.
1400 Ocean Avenue (2 blocks north of Pier), Santa Monica, CA 90401
BEACH is located just south of Santa Monica and yes, it does
have canals and gondoliers just like in Italy!. Home to sun and surf, Venice
also has a very vibrant, off-beat beach community teeming with street musicians,
skaters, t-shirt vendors, and cafes. This is a great place to shop for
inexpensive souvenirs. See and be seen at the Sidewalk Cafe at 1401 Ocean
Front Walk (at Horizon) for inexpensive American fare. Check out Abbot
Kinney Boulevard for antique furniture, vintage clothing, local art, and
Celebrities have lived in Beverly Hills since the 1920's. Long
known as the home to the rich and famous, drive along Sunset Boulevard
and turn down any one of the well-manicured side streets to see some of
the most beautiful homes in the country. You can snap a picture of the
world-famous Beverly Hills Hotel "The Pink Palace" at 9641 Sunset
Blvd (between Benedict Canyon and Beverly Dr).
On RODEO DRIVE shop the most exclusive stores in the world: Chanel, Gucci,
Yves St Laurent, and jewelers Cartier, Tiffany, Harry Winston, and Van
Cleef & Arpel.
Along WILSHIRE BOULEVARD you will find Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus,
Barneys, and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (featured in "Pretty Woman.")
Sights & Scenes Tour - 40 minute tour, 12 PM -5PM on the
Art & Architecture Tour - 50 minute tour, Saturdays only, 11AM
Departs from the corner of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way
Adults $5, Children (under 12) $1
ACADEMY OF MOTION
PICTURES ART & SCIENCES - Home of the Oscars!
8949 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, (310) 247-3000
The Academy is open to the public and features special exhibits in the
Grand Lobby Gallery and Fourth Floor Gallery. Special screenings and programs
are also offered. Call for schedule.
Open: 9AM to 5 PM Tues - Fri and 12-PM to 6PM Weekends.
- See celebrities !
9101 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 278-3699
Named after a female boxing promoter of the 1940s, this restaurant is open
for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stays open until 2 AM.
American comfort food. Moderate - Expensive.
MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO
465 N Beverly, Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 786-1000
Designed by world-famous architect Richard Meier (Getty Museum), the museum
houses more than 90,000 hours of televison and radio shows. Visitors can
look up their favorite shows and watch or listen on their own private console.
Hours: Wed to Sun 12PM to 5PM, Thursdays 12PM to 9 PM
Recommended contribution Adults $6, Students and Seniors $4. Children (under13)