Group Experiences

GROUP EXPERIENCES IN SANTA MONICA

Santa Monica is the ideal meetings, events and incentive destination for groups up to 200 people. Whether setting up a small meeting, incentive group, retreat, or organizing a conference or trade event, Santa Monica has the perfect venue for your program. We are available to assist with planning and referrals.

UNIQUE GROUP ACTIVITIES

Whether it's a guided tour through one of Santa Monica's four weekly farmers markets with one of our destination's top chefs or a fun comedy improvisation class focusing on your attendees, let our team help you plan a distinctive team building experience for your group.

CULINARY EXPERIENCES

Santa Monica offers over 400 restaurants, from casual to elegant, available to host your meeting. It is recognized for some of the best dining in all of Southern California. There are various options for offsite group dining. View group dining options that offer audio visual (a/v) or all Santa Monica restaurants.

FREE TIME ACTIVITIES

Santa Monica has a wide variety of attractions, activities and entertainment options including bike tours, riding the world famous solar-powered Pacific Wheel and a wide array of shopping districts. Experience some of these activities through virtual reality.

TASTE | Farmers Market Tour & Chef Demo: Santa Monica is home to four farmers markets. The city’s best chefs get inspiration from the country’s best farmers. You can spot local and celebrity chefs shopping for fresh, organic ingredients and join them on guided group tours and cooking demonstrations.

WALK | Historical Walking Tours: Customize your group tour and enjoy more than 130 years of Santa Monica history on foot, from its Wild West frontier beginnings, architectural heritage to the sophisticated metropolis and urban landscape of today.

SIP | Wine Excursions: Malibu wine country has more than 50 vineyards and is only 20 miles away. Sip award-winning California wine straight from the vineyard and enjoy spectacular sightseeing tours with knowledgeable guides for your group.

LAUGH | Group Improv Experiences: Laugh out loud with your group! Custom improv classes are a fun way to get your attendees up on stage.

INDULGE | Group Dine Around: Santa Monica is a leader in the local food sourcing movement. The use of sustainable, organic ingredients remains central to the cooking approaches of leading chefs around town. Discover a taste of Santa Monica’s delicious cuisine from renown restaurants to hidden treasure through group dine-arounds.

RELAX | Wellness Activities: Treat your group to beachside yoga, surf lessons or relax with some of the most luxurious and cutting-edge spa treatments.

SIGHT SEEING | VIP Tours: Enjoy guided tours highlighting celebrities, art, food and our world-famous beach.

DAYTRIPS

Set near an array of Southern California’s most exciting destinations, Santa Monica is the perfect home base for visitors planning to take a day trip to one (or more). Plus, all regions can be reached via public transportation. Here’s how to make the most of your time at some of the area’s top attractions.

MARINA DEL REY

Distance: 3 miles

What to do: The mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood, California has been renowned since the 1930s for its glitzy array of nightclubs, music venues, and colorful billboards.

MALIBU

Distance: 5 miles

What to do: Options abound for surfing, hiking, or simply soaking up the good vibes in this neighboring oceanside city, home to some of Hollywood’s elite and well loved by locals and visitors alike for its warm, sandy beaches.

RODEO DRIVE

Distance: 8 miles

What to do: This seaside community is home to the world’s largest man-made small-craft harbor and is an ideal port for launching sunset cruises, parasailing trips, or whale watching excursions. Stroll through and check out the 6,500 boats that call the Marina their home while they’re not out traversing the high seas.

SUNSET STRIP, WEST HOLLYWOOD

Distance: 12 miles

What to do: Called “the intersection of luxury, fashion, and entertainment,” the three-block stretch of Rodeo Drive between Wilshire and Little Santa Monica Boulevards is world-famous for its high-end shopping.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD, HOLLYWOOD

Distance: 22 miles

What to do: In 2016, Universal Studios Hollywood welcomed the Wizarding World of Harry Potters and it's not to be missed. Grab a Butterbeer at Hog's Head, pick up your own magic wand to take home or explore the grounds of Hogwarts castle.

KNOTT’S BERRY FARM, BUENA PARK

Distance: 38 miles

What to do: Voyage to the Iron Reef features mysterious sea creatures in 3-D animation that riders can shoot to rack up points. Plus, both the classic Calico Mine Ride and Timber Mountain Log Ride are as fun as ever.

DISNEYLAND AND DISNEY’S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE, ANAHEIM

Distance: 43 miles

What to do: Disneyland is home to classic rides like Space Mountain and Small World, but for a special experience, check out one the Disneyland After Dark nights, which feature after-hours park access, specialty entertainment, and more, all revolving around different themes like super hero night and '90s night.