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Address: Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 888 LA-PARKS
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping, People-watching, Inline skating, City walk sightseeing
Description: Anything and everything on this famous concrete strip - from hippies to...
Anything and everything on this famous concrete strip - from hippies to skateboarders, you will see it all here.
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We walked here from Santa Monica, it's quite a lovely walk in the day but make sure you wear comfy shoes :) Hubby wanted to check out Muscle Beach at Venice, so we did that, if we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We walked here from Santa Monica, it's quite a lovely walk in the day but make sure you wear comfy shoes :) Hubby wanted to check out Muscle Beach at Venice, so we did that, if we go again we might even do a workout in there! There were many interesting people at Venice, street performers, artists and stores. It's... More 

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Miranda, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Did not feel safe here at all. So many homeless people around, it was ridiculous. Beautiful beach but lots of alcoholics spoiling the area. Would not walk around after dark there

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

We live here in cali....so wesdecided to find new place to go to....venice beach is the most horrible place to go...sandy beaches are all great but not when majority of the whole park in front are homeless,drug addicts, I have never felt so insecure in my life, i had to watch my six.....so many homeless people everytime they walked behind... More 

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Bangalore
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed the 30 mins i spent here - would love to go back again for a longer time. This is a vibrant place with all kinds of entertainment. Lots of shopping too!

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New Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

My suggestion...if you are in LA for vacation and you only have a week, don't waste your time at the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Go to the Getty or spend another day at Disneyland. The Venice Beach Boardwalk was a happening place in the 70's and 80's, now it is just seedy and dirty. There are two types of people at... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Amsterdam meets St Kilda. Run down, grubby, the jetsam and flotsam mingling with the muscled and the curious. I didn't fancy a tattoo, an oily slice of pizza or a cheap tatty T shirt.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Walk along the boardwalk from Washington north. There is ample parking at the end of Washington or Venice Blvd. Stop to watch the body builders, the skateboarders, and the tourists from all over the world. Eat at the Sidewalk Cafe with views of the passing scene. Stop in Small World Books at the Cafe, one of the last independent bookstores.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Scenic walk view, with people with playing different music and shops around. Really nice in the evening for leisure walk.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Clean beach, restrooms terrible, maybe becouse weekend was hot and lot of people. Nice to walk on the beachside and look at the people.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Bad food, Lots of homeless and unseedy characters walking around. Very few of the shops/stores had anything interesting. It was the same ole crap you see at all of the tourist traps. But, I can say I've been there. I won't be going back.

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Venice
Venice has always danced to its own beat as the epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along the boardwalk there are street performers and local craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings, souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders do their tricks around the skate park. All of it happens under the warm California sun with sprawling views of sand and sea. Heading east, the main drags of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Main Street are lined with boutique shops, some major retail stores, art galleries and restaurants. Here the ambiance is more relaxed and upscale than the frenetic boardwalk area. Venice is a mostly walkable (and certainly bikeable) neighborhood, full of areas to explore.
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