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Venice Beach Boardwalk

Los Angeles, CA (Venice / Beach Areas)
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Ranked #95 of 389 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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Melbourne, Australia
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263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It's a beach, beach front, beach walk - just like other beaches but with smell of urine everywhere and lots of homeless staying in the park and beach front. It's not a good sight. Not good for tourist and there's a public toilet here however do not wish to even go in to use it as would assume the homeless... More

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We were on our first vacation from South Africa, to the States, and Venice Beach/Boardwalk was one the the sights that we had on our list of places to "Must" visit. Especially since we see it in american music videos and movies. We were staying in Hollywood and had to take two buses to reach Venice Beach. On the second... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

After so many years of hearing about this area my wife and I wanted to make it a stop on our California trip. Well....we can say we saw it. We didn't feel unsafe but with the smell of weed in the air, many street craft/art venders who appear to live on the beach and the occasional strong smell of urine......lets... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

If you're a people watcher like me, then Venice Beach Boardwalk is the mecca that you must travel to. This free-spirited area is a mosh pit of interesting characters and unique wares. Of course you can find the requisite beach trinket shops, but mixed in you will find local artist creations, breezy handmade dresses and weird metal sculptures of The... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We rented bikes and went on the bike path To Venice ! Went past Muscle beach and on to the pier ! Soooo many homeless people sleeping in groups on the Grass and on the beach ! Feeling sad in My heart ! We just went out on the pier and rode our bikes back to SM

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Hartford, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We loved walking around Venice Beach and checking out the Freakshow, not the actual Venice Beach Freakshow (which we also enjoyed) but the ENTIRE Venice Beach Freakshow. The people watching was fantastic. Going in and out of the stores was a good time and the street performers were fun to watch. We rented bikes and rode up to the Santa... More

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brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Being winter, it was quiet but it is a great beach - no surf. Just blue sea and miles and miles of white sand. Some very strange people about and that adds to the atmosphere!

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We drove there before lunch and the traffic from LA to this destination is very very bad. We wasted a lot of time on the road. When we arrived, another problem, there's no parking space available. I didn't see anything really good, expecting, maybe better than what we have in Sydney Beaches. Just white sand, and nothing else.we decided to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I had a blast seeing the freaks had some good food watched some great entertainment burned are feet on the sand all in all a great experience

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Irvine, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have been there many times and sometimes it feels safe and sometimes it is criminal central. I really love the unique feel all the interesting things to shop for and the performance artists. You really don't see that anywhere else in the area so it is a one of a kind experience. I have gone many times and it... More

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