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Adventure Starts Here
May 15, 2018

Let Big Blue Bus (BBB) take you on your next Los Angeles adventure!

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With convenient stops near beautiful beaches, fun local attractions, and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, there's always something new to discover on BBB! Explore, play and unwind when you leave your car at home and ride BBB to exciting destinations throughout Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

To help get you on your way, here are some fun activities that are easily accessible on BBB, and great for all ages:

Jump to a destination:


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

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Get there on: Route 3 or Rapid 3

Going on a weekend getaway? Skip the traffic and crowded, paid parking lots by riding BBB to LAX. Take BBB to LAX City Bus Center then catch the free Lot C Shuttle bus directly to your terminal. For more information, visit: bigbluebus.com/lax.

Marina del Rey

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Get there on: Routes 3, Rapid 3, or 18

Officially established in 1965, this small coastal community located just south of Venice Beach has many waterfront activities to offer visitors. Take your friends or family members out for a relaxing day in Marina del Rey.

Things to do:

  • Dine with sunset views on one of the Marina's dinner cruises.
  • Rent a paddleboard and navigate your way around the calm cove protected waters.
  • Listen to live music at Fisherman's Village every Saturday and Sunday afternoon; check the Marina del Rey Visitors Bureau website for the current lineup.

Venice

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Get there on: Routes 1 or 18

Popular for its carefree attitude and laid-back style, Venice is a vibrant beach town with a variety of activities. Avoid searching for parking on the busy streets and lots, and let BBB take you there.

Things to do:

  • Take a stroll through the picturesque Venice Canals, while admiring the charming houses and pedestrian bridges.
  • Shop the fashion-forward stores of Abbot Kinney, and stop at Blue Star Donuts for a quick snack break.
  • Go with the flow of the bustling Venice Boardwalk while taking in its street performers, skate park, and famous Muscle Beach.

Santa Monica Pier

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Get there on: Routes 1, 2, 3, Rapid 3, 5, 7, Rapid 7, 8, 9, Rapid 10, or 18

Opened in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier is one of Santa Monica's most iconic and Instagramable landmarks. With Playland Arcade, Pacific Park rollercoasters, restaurants and a beautiful ocean view, the Pier is full of fun activities for the whole family.

Things to do:

  • Take a free Historical Walking Tour to learn about the Pier's 100+ year history; offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 12 pm starting at Pier Shop.
  • Rent a Breeze Bike and ride along the boardwalk.
  • Check the Santa Monica Pier website for all upcoming events.

Shopping

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Get there on: Routes 5 (Century City), 18, 41, or 42 (Montana Avenue)

From the Westfield Century City Mall to the Montana Avenue Shopping District, use BBB to help fulfill all your shopping needs.

Things to do:

  • Sign up for a cooking class and learn how to make signature Italian dishes at Eataly in Westfield Century City Mall.
  • Walk the 10-block stretch of Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and pop into the many local boutiques.
  • Catch some of your favorite classic films at the independent Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue.

UCLA

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Get there on: Routes 1, 2, 8, Rapid 12, 17, or 18

Whether you're a student, local or visitor, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is a world-renowned public university with a scenic campus perfect for an afternoon getaway. In addition, the surrounding Westwood neighborhood offers entertainment for everyone, with restaurants and the historic Fox Theater.

Things to do:

  • Escape the city and find relaxation in the seven-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden.
  • Enjoy made-to-order ice cream sandwiches with fresh baked cookies at Diddy Riese in Westwood. 
  • Bring a picnic and enjoy the sun on the grass near the famous Janss Steps.

Downtown Los Angeles

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Get there on: Rapid 10 (weekdays only)

The imaginative Walt Disney Concert Hall and neighboring Broad Museum are two architectural and cultural institutions that offer a variety of events in Downtown Los Angeles. Whether you are going to a show or seeking out new and old attractions, Downtown Los Angeles is easy to get to on BBB.

Things to do:

  • Line up early at the Broad Museum for free entry to see Eli Broad's incredible collection of art.
  • Try the local food stalls at Los Angeles' historic Grand Central Market.
  • Roam Olvera Street's Mexican Marketplace and discover the rich cultural history of Los Angeles.
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