Explore more than 130 years of Santa Monica history in approximately 2 hours and 6 blocks. Learn about Santa Monica from its Wild West frontier beginnings to the sophisticated metropolis of today.
Take a closer look at the civic leaders whose vision built the growing city, and experience downtown’s diverse architectural heritage, including:
Docents lead guided tours every Saturday at 10 am. Meet at 9:45 am at Hostelling International, 1436 Second Street (between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard). Reservations are suggested.
Group or private tours may be booked by leaving a message at 310-496-3146 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance.
Self-guided Tour booklets with maps and information about 24 historic sites are available for $3 at the following Santa Monica Travel and Tourism sites: Main Visitors Center (2427 Main Street), Visitor Information Cart (1300 block of Third Street Promenade), and the Palisades Park Kiosk (1400 Ocean Avenue). Click here for information on these centers.
This tour is sponsored by Downtown Santa Monica Inc., a public-private management company that promotes the economic stability, growth and community life within Downtown Santa Monica and the Third Street Promenade.