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Venice Beach Boardwalk

Los Angeles, CA (Venice / Beach Areas)
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As featured in 3 days in Los Angeles
Ranked #82 of 371 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
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Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Beach is beautiful but lots of homeless people. Definitely will go back! My fiance and I loved the little shops

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

If you like to people watch and see some "interesting" people selling strange things, this is the place to go. You can purchase good aura, get your vibrational plane adjusted, etc etc. I guess once in your lifetime is a good thing. Great parking lots. Lots of skateboarding to watch.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This place is unsurprisingly full of hobos, that means in broad daylight seeing people going to the toilet in public, sleeping around the palm trees and on the beach, intimidating people etc. Most worryingly, today I cycled past a guy without shoes who out of nowhere started threatening these guys on their bikes at the top of his voice, with... More

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It's a huge beach. Lots of history; not my kind of shopping, mostly touristy things ( I would prefer unique to the area things); but I had a stroke of good luck there. A lady kept insisting that I take her seat at her coffee table and it turned out to be in a café across the street from the... More

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It's great for people watching and also for looking at the lovely beachfront houses, however, you are harrassed a lot and there's nothing really there for me.

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Lake Elsinore, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Walked down the boardwalk. Lots to see. Vendors selling things, people dressed up in strange outfits. Lots of food/ice cream places to get a bite to eat or a snack. The Freak Show was for sure "freaky." Very cheap and a must see.

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La Vernia, Texas
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

Lots of shops and people selling their crafts and music. Great place to go and just watch people go by. Plenty places to eat and drink along the way.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

What did this board walk not have...hmmm...SO getting there, you get an awesome view of the graffiti all over the area, i thought it was really cool. Its bargain galore if you're looking for cheap sunglasses and t shirts. I don't think the quality of the clothing is very good though, but if you're planning to use it for a... More

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Battle, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Venice Beach is ok for a short visit. It's full of lots of 'interesting' characters, loads of shops selling tourist stuff, and live street music, which is pretty good. Not much else really. Take a wander through the back streets and there all sorts of beach homes, full of character, with attractive gardens. Santa Monica is better if you want... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Fun to troll down the boardwalk and take in the local color. Interesting performance artists that are very entertaining. Have to do it once.

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