Vintage Venice Tour

Discover Venice's hidden history with CicLAvia Explores

Vintage Venice Tour

SORRY-SOLD-OUT.pngVenice, California is where Charlie Chaplin first stepped in front of a camera, where The Eagles first stepped on a stage and where tens of thousands of people stepped onto rollercoasters and gondolas to enjoy the happiest place on earth decades before Disneyland. On July 11 join CicLAvia Explores and Vintage Venice, voted Los Angeles Magazine’s “Best Walking Tour” of 2012 and 2013, to see all these locations on your own stroll into the past along the storied streets of Venice.

Long-time resident and historian Jonathan Kaplan will bring back to life the long-gone roller coasters, canals, dance halls and party palaces that made Venice the holiday destination of the West Coast 100 years ago. Participants will view vintage photos and film clips in the spots they were actually shot, experiencing the hospitality and the heartbreak that have come to define this local neighborhood turned international destination.

The July 11 walking tour, taking place from 10AM – 12:30PM, will give participants a preview of the community that welcomes CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice Presented by Metro on August 9, when CicLAvia returns to the Westside for the first time since 2013. This special CicLAvia Explores walking tour is steeply discounted from a normal Vintage Venice tour and space is limited. Tickets can be purchased below for $15.


CicLAvia Explores is a program designed to connect Angelenos with communities in Los Angeles County through a range of engaging activities held in advance of CicLAvia car-free event days. Held year round, these activities are held 4-6 weeks in advance CicLAvia to give Angelenos a deeper dive into specific neighborhoods, businesses, and cultural institutions that are highlighted on the upcoming CicLAvia route.

CicLAvia Explores gives fans a special peek into some amazing parts of Los Angeles, and helps connect and engage local communities outside of our car-free events. CicLAvia Explores is made possible with the help of partners including local leaders, businesses and community groups.