The free-spirited, colorful and bohemian Venice Beach attracts tourists from all over the world. Why? There's endless options of things to do in this ever buzzing beach town that welcomes all styles and tastes! I've narrowed down the ones you cannot miss on your next visit to LA.
Venice Beach is the 2nd largest tourist attraction in Southern California, only after Disneyland! So how do you get a clean shot of the beach without a lot, and I mean, A LOT of people in the background? Remember this: Early bird gets the worm!
The Venice Boardwalk is filled with everything and anything you can imagine... and more. This beachside promenade is one of the most visited attractions in the area and one that you have to visit if you're a first timer in Lalaland.
Among lots of street art, vendors, performers, bodybuilders, shops and eateries, there's a vibrant atmosphere here unlike any other place in town. I highly recommend visiting during the day, as the place can look sketchy at night. The boardwalk has a bike path that goes all the way to Santa Monica and it's one of the coolest ways to explore around.
When walking down the Venice boardwalk, you can't miss Muscle Beach. World famous not just among bodybuilders and Arnold Schwarzenegger fans, this is an attraction of its own.
Also, the Venice Skate Park has served as location for many movies, TV shows and is definitely a crowd pleaser. You get a free pass - yes, it's free - to watch some of the best skateboarders in California doing gnarly tricks all day.
If you don't snap a picture by the iconic Venice sign, did you even visited Venice?
The Venice sign is one of Los Angeles most recognizable backdrop! You have just about 30 seconds to take a picture under the sign before the traffic light opens.
Location: 80 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Street art plays a big role in Los Angeles and one of the nicest things about the wall murals of Venice is that they're constantly changing. You can find murals all the way from the beach boardwalk to Abbott Kiney and beyond. It's fun to just explore around and come across something new every time.
Here are some of my favorite murals found in Venice throughout the time:
The Venice canals are man-made canals, built back in 1905 by developer Abbott Kinney, who wished to make this town the American version of its namesake. The canals that remain nowadays are part of a really nice walkable pathway along expensive houses and pretty views.
Abbott Kinney Blvd
My favorite place in Venice. Some of the best brunch spots I've ever been to are located here, as well as popular shops and hipster stores, galleries, art, art, art. Abbott Kinney is 1 mile long and I recommend parking and walking around the laid back yet sophisticated destination who is SoCal's place to see and be seen.
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