Vintage Venice Reel to Real Tours: Visit the Neighborhood's Past and Present
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One of the most amazing sights in nature is that of majestic whales swimming and playing on the ocean's surface, leaping out of the water and slapping their mighty tales. On this 2.5 hour cruise off the shores of Newport Beach, you may see giant blue whales during the summer and fall months or the annual grey whale migration bringing tens of thousands of grey whales along the coast during the winter and spring months. Huge pods of several species of dolphin are very common as are the resident sea lions. You may also catch glimpses of seals, killer whales, sharks and many other marine creatures. With a 96% success rate, almost every cruise has many viewing opportunities. An added plus is picturesque coastal backdrops of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach. Learn More
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- The tour was named Best Walking Tour 2012 by <em>Los Angeles</em><em> Magazine</em>.
Venice, the beachfront district on L.A.'s west side, is known for its beaches and carnival-like Ocean Front Walk. Like on other tours, you'll see all of Venice's most popular attractions. But this unique three-hour walk also uses a century of film clips shown on an iPad and glossy 8 x 11 vintage photos to show you what was there before. Jonathan Kaplan, tour guide for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, TV writer and a Venice resident for 17 years, will take you to parts of Venice only the locals go and show you show you history that even they don't know, allowing you to watch long-gone canals, roller coasters, pleasure piers and movie stars springing back to life before your eyes while standing at the actual locations.
The tour begins and ends in front of 1601 Main Street. This is the (closed) Venice Post Office on the Traffic Circle at the intersection of Windward Avenue. The address is obscured by construction, but this is the only building on the Traffic Circle under construction.
Be sure to bring sunscreen and something to cover your head, as well as comfortable walking shoes, as we will be outside for three hours. There are no restrooms at the beginning of the tour, and there will be one break for the restroom about one hour into the tour and several points where we can stop for a snack and a drink, but bringing your own light snack and water is also a good idea. See tour website for more information, including where to park.