Venue Details

14 Star Starred
Vintage Venice Reel to Real Tours
1601 Main Street Venice, CA 90291
424-999-8687
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Member Tips

Amanda
Plenty of places along the way to stop and pick up something.
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Kenyon At Work
Wear your most comfortable walking shoes - this is a long tour!
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Kenyon At Work
Leave time to look for cheap street parking - otherwise you'll really pay.
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Kenyon At Work
If you check ahead, you may be able to bring your dog.
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Kenyon At Work
Food stops, though, were not dog-friendly.
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Kenyon At Work
He kindly guided us to a great restroom facility inside a willing restaurant.
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49 ratings
4.7 average rating
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67 reviews
7 stars
attended Jan 25 2014

This was actually a very interesting tour and full of interesting facts and tidbits. The only reason for not rating it a 5 has to do with the fact that it is most... continued

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47 reviews
8 stars
attended Apr 28 2012

Have lived in the L.A. area for many years and have never been to Venice. This was a most interesting visit and Jonathan certainly knows his history. He was an excellent... continued

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23 reviews
21 stars
attended Sep 10 2011

Jonathan lives in Venice, obviously loves the area, and is very knowledgeable about it. Highly recommended!

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Website

http://vintagevenicetours.com

Quotes & Highlights

The tour was named Best Walking Tour 2012 by Los Angeles_ Magazine_.

Description

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 × 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.

Please note:

_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. _