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Santa Monica Conservancy - Downtown Walking Tours

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Address: 1436 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2302
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+1 310-496-3146
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Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A Walk Through History

A short walk through the heart of downtown Santa...

A Walk Through History

A short walk through the heart of downtown Santa Monica reveals more than 130 years of fascinating history,tracing the city's transformation from a Wild West frontier town to the urban ,internationally known beach community of today. The two hour tour offers insights into the history, architecture and culture that gives Santa Monica's unique identity.

Tours are held every Saturday at 10 am, and docents will arrive approximately 15 minutes beforehand to check in guests. Meet at 1436 Second St. The cost is $10 for the public and $5 for Santa Monica Conservancy, LA Conservancy, and Santa Monica City employees.

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Informative tour

The tour covered Santa Monica's history, architecture, culture, and so many fun details. Knowledgeable and interesting guides gave me a better appreciation for the history and... read more

Reviewed September 25, 2016
Evansville, Wisconsin
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Evansville, Wisconsin
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Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

The tour covered Santa Monica's history, architecture, culture, and so many fun details. Knowledgeable and interesting guides gave me a better appreciation for the history and buildings that influence Santa Monica.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Had a great walking tour of Santa Monica yesterday. For only $10 I went on 3 hour tour of downtown and learned about the history of the city and the architecture. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting. Our guide was very friendly and informative. My favorite part was the speakeasy :)

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Pleasant Hill, California
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

I've been to Santa Monica many times but never saw its past. I always experienced Santa Monica as a "Berkeley South." All this changed when I took the enjoyable and informative two-hour Walking Tour. Thanks to a very knowledgeable docent, I learned a great deal about Santa Monica history and architecture. It was a great way to spend a Saturday... More 

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Anderson, Indiana
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Reviewed June 19, 2007

My husband and I recently took this walking tour of downtown Santa Monica. It was a lovely shining morning and this two hour stroll visiting some of the city's signature buildings and learning about the culture and history that formed this area was most enlightening. Any visitor who has a couple of hours will find this worthwhile. Our Docent, (... More 

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