Capturing the Rhythm of
Downtown Santa Monica
Santa Monica Centric
Downtown Historic Walking Tours return in-person

Downtown Walking Tours are back! Discover downtown Santa Monica's architecture, history and culture with the Santa Monica Conservancy's team of highly-rated docents. From Art Deco to Victorian and Romanesque Revival, you'll explore the various styles that fill the streets of our city.


Learn about the start of the modern movie industry, visit a lavish Art Deco hotel that attracted Hollywood celebrities with its speakeasy and see where Jim Morrison played his first show. The walking tour covers about 6 blocks in 2 hours and is open to all ages. The tours are limited to 10 people.


"There's so much story to tell. It just fills me with enthusiasm and a kind of a joy when I'm telling that story and I think all the other docents feels the same way." – Kay Pattison, former docent


Built in 1931, the Georgian Hotel quickly attracted a stylish clientele and Hollywood celebrities with its lavish design and speakeasy. Photo: The Georgian Hotel


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. Convenient paid parking is available directly across the street in Garage #6 at 1433 Second Street. Approach the parking structure from Broadway as only right turns are allowed into Garage #6.


Walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and water are recommended.


Purchase tickets and learn more about the Walking Tour and other programs from the Santa Monica Conservancy by clicking HERE.


Group or private tours may be booked by leaving a message at 310.496.3146 or sending an email to [email protected] at least two weeks in advance.


Story cover photo: Stephanie Plomarity for Santa Monica Travel & Tourism