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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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Definately a one of a kind experience!

Venice beaches features on our TVs more times than one could count therefore it is something that must be crossed off ones to-do list. However, it is not for the faint-hearted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

The boardwalk itself was incredibly crowded. It was full of people selling homemade trinkets off blankets and people approaching you to show you tricks or sell things. Towards the end of the main boardwalk the crowds thinned out; once this happened it was more enjoyable. I don't always mind crowds, but in this case there was little else with any... More 

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Wollongong
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Venice beaches features on our TVs more times than one could count therefore it is something that must be crossed off ones to-do list. However, it is not for the faint-hearted - crowded, crazy, over-the-top, filled with peculiar characters, market stalls selling everything and anything, street performers performing everything from the mundane juggling tricks to truly talented artworks and more... More 

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Calgary
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

went to boardwalk in December 2014 was surprised how downhill it has gone since 2012. lots of homeless and what seems like runaways. we did a quick walk up and decided we saw enough and headed to Malibu Canyon, that was nice

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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you are thinking of this walk as a Time Machine that magically will bring you back to the '60s and '70s, or even the '80s colors & muscle beach, you are in for a sad face. Still, if you have a good imagination you can close your eyes, and picture Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison meeting there during the... More 

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Kountze, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Made mistake and took our teenage grandkids there. Not a place for grandkids or sensible adults either. Filthy music and filthy place.

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Hope Island, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a strange walk this is. If you really want to see the locals at their most interesting then take a stroll along the beachside pathway. Some quirky little cafes, shops and stalls not to mention Muscle beach.

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Austin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I suppose this is a place that you should cross off your list, but know that it's full of 'characters' and awful smells - lots of homeless and those begging for either handouts or for you to buy their stuff. Also lots of 'doctors' wanting to 'prescribe' marijuana.

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Plano, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I see Venice Beach all the time on TV and had to see it first hand. I was sadly disappointed. We started on the south end that looked very nice with some appealing beach front restaurants, and then as we walked north it turned into a rather seedy place -- a lot of homeless people (so unfortunate), street performers who... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Go on a Sunday morning between July - September. Its busy and vibrant, with every sort of Broadwalk entertainer you can imagine. The little boutiques sell everything from fake tattoos, to beads of every sort, to the usual hip-hop, touristy sunglasses, sun hats, long flowing skirts, shorts, 'T' shirts etc. Don't forget to look out for the over-sunned and over... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We decided as a family to visit Cali, we regret spending time at Venice Boardwalk. We were walking around 8pm and we didn't not feel safe. A lot of homeless was around and it wasn't much fun. Reminded me a lot of Bourbon Street. We won't be visiting again.

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Address: Address: Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 888 LA-PARKS
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Venice

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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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