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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: Inline skating, Shopping, People-watching, 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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Eclectic mix of characters and culture

Only a few kilometres down the road from the opulence of Santa Monica, the Venice Beach boardwalk encapsulates the essence of independence and alternative lifestyles that makes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
29 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Eclectic says it best. You never know what you will see or hear here. There are many shops and some great boardwalk restaurants as well. A fun place we take all of our out-of-town guests to.

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We went in the evening when the sun was setting. Even my teens did not feel comfortable with all of the large groups of kids walking around and the blatant pot smoking. We wanted to walk down to the Santa Monica Pier but they did not want to walk back down the Venice Boardwalk at night, so we left. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

You can't miss Venice Beach. What a fantastic place to be. I'm used to the vibe we have in the beaches in Israel. Music, Beach games, Venice Beach is a whole other level, it has sport lots, street shops and street shows, along with the music and beach games. Beautiful ocean, you just have to be there.

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Ettalong Beach, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We strolled down the boardwalk early in the morning after just landing in L.A. it was clean and already busy with friendly locals. We stopped at one of the many cafes to face the boardwalk for breakfast and watched as the vendors set up and the boardwalk came to life. It is colourful and full of many interesting people and... More 

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Oamaru
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Only a few kilometres down the road from the opulence of Santa Monica, the Venice Beach boardwalk encapsulates the essence of independence and alternative lifestyles that makes this area so intriguing. Some sights that I'll never forget were plenty of 'doctor's surgeries' selling 'medicinal marijuana'; muscle bound and shredded guys young and old working out on the public gym facilities... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I'm a California native who grew up going to Venice Beach, regularly, so I knew what to expect. Not much has changed in the way of venders selling their wares, little shops offering touristy things, people (the strange, the beautiful, the ugly, and the entertaining). There were quite a few vendors/shops offering medicinal marijuana, which could be smelled every few... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

amazing beach with lots of interesting attrsctions. its always buzzing with people and truly a unique place to chill out. loved it very much.

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Longmont, Colorado
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240 reviews 240 reviews
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

You have to approach this walk with an open mind because anything goes! Love the colors and the sights and sounds of this real life circus! Yes, there really is a sideshow too! People watch and you'll see everything - and I mean everything. We walked to Santa Monica Pier and it was fantastic...so enjoy the California lifestyle....

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Tullahoma, Tennessee
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This place has not changed much in the 27 years since my last visit. Interesting characters, quaint shops, and hip eateries, are all yours to experience. Always a pleasure to visit here.

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Burnaby, Canada
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179 reviews 179 reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Had a lovely stroll down here with wifie. Beautiful beach with lots of restaurants to choose from. Beautiful weather and lots of beautifully tanned people, I felt like a white asparagus.

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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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