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Venice Beach Boardwalk

Los Angeles, CA (Venice / Beach Areas)
888 LA-PARKS
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As featured in 3 days in Los Angeles
Ranked #92 of 385 attractions in Los Angeles
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Beaches, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Activities: Inline skating, Shopping, People-watching, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Check out these videos of different characters on the boardwalk, they totally capture the spirit of the place Venice the Menace: Boardwalkin'  The... more »
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We stopped by at Venice Beach Boardwalk on our LA City tour. We spent about 30 minutes there and it wasn't that good as advertised. Different weird people walking around not good tasting food but nice view of the beach. Make sure don't stop to give money for people who are trying to sell their CDs. Otherwise, others will surround... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It's all that's been said. It's great for people watching, the shops sell tatt. Every other shop is a tattooist. Didn't feel threatened but it was during the day. I'm open minded so nothing to shock me seen more and worse at festivals, bike shows and in Amsterdam. Still had a great day a reasonable lunch and chatted to some... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

From one end to the other, the Venice Beach Boardwalk offers up quite a show. It's a fun place for people gazing, rollerblading, unhealthy snacking, muscle gawking, street performing and just plain strolling. You will probably have to work real hard to stand out in this crowd - if that's what you want to do.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We walked along Venice Beach it was a beautiful day,it was a nice walk with shops and stalls along the way.We ended up at Santa Monica Pier and got A taxi back after some shopping.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Take a walk from Santa Monica and enjoy the broad walk .. after a couple of miles you end up in Venice beach .. Official Home of Skateboarding and Golds Gym and the wacky people who inhabit the beach area ... its fruity and controversial , weed and tobacco scent the air it was different but i preferred the less... More

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123 reviews 123 reviews
100 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We came here after visiting Santa Monica Pier - jeez, what a difference! At first, when you're walking up from the main street it seems pretty cool and lively, lots of people and lots happening. But then you realise it is just quite dodgy. Heaps of homeless, sketchy-looking people, obvious drug use. It's nothing special, but at least we can... More

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Tehachapi, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a place for open minded happy people.If you are uptight or a snob and think you are better than everyone else you will not like it here.Personally I love this place.I enjoy seeing people of all colors,religions,beliefs and personal choices enjoying each others company.I stop to talk to All kinds of people.Opens up your mind.Try it.Might do some... More

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Kingsburg, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Venice beach is popular because of the movies & TV commercials they film there. I love La so nothing ever disappoints my husband on the other hand is more of Northern California man he wasn't really impressed by the whole Venice beach hoopla he wanted to see the basketball courts ok no big deal, we went to the outdoor gym... More

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Saskatoon SK
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were there on June 27th, 2014 early afternoon. We read some of the reviews but we were not concerned at all about our safety. We loved the eclectic mix along the boardwalk and actually stopped for a cold one and a small meal on the boardwalk. We walked across the smoking hot sand and dipped our feet in the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Anyone who has been to an open air concert, Brighton or Glastonbury in the uk will be aware of the eclectic mix of 'entertainment' on the boardwalk. For those who haven't yet then it's easiest for me to sum it up as (in a South Park Mr Mackey voice). Mmmmm drugs are good mmkay. Almost every shop is selling some... More

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