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Venice Beach Boardwalk

Los Angeles, CA (Venice / Beach Areas)
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Ranked #78 of 308 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Beaches, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
Activities: Inline skating, Shopping, People-watching, City walk sightseeing
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Anything and everything on this famous concrete strip - from hippies to skateboarders, you will see it all here.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This place no doubt has been the background of a whole lot of movies and yes walking through here gives you the vibe. The place has lot to offer and there is so much to see and experience from the street arts to the shops and various activities going around it definitely has something to look forward too.

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Van Buren, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I would certainly not want to take children here. It felt very dirty no maybe where you are on the broadwalk. I was depressed when leaving just to know so many people are in dire straights even if it is by choice or illness. Knew things were a little different when there were police ever few steps along the broadwalk.

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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Ok so it's a bit old gat to visit and Sheryl crow sang about it but it's still a cool place . Take in the sun , sea and beautiful people . Chicken in a basket served on a red and white napkin . Drink a cool beer and lay back . But watch out for skaters and skateboarders !

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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74 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

What a great walk from Santa Monica pier down to Venice,great selection of shops and restaurants,soooo many weird and wonderful people,it's a must do when in L.A.Loved the street entertainment and the pop up stalls selling lots of different souvenirs.Put it on your list of must dos.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I had so much fun walking the boardwalk! Lots of things going on; plenty of vendors and places to eat. There is something for everyone here, not to mention a gorgeous beach! The freak show is worth the money - so much fun!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Doesn't look like much gas changes over the past 40-50 years. Still looks like something from the 1960-70's. I would not want to go there after dark - scary enough during the day. I would NOT recommend, unless you like that sort of life. Definitely better beach boardwalks.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We had a great day at Venice Beach. The beach was nice, not super crowded as it was October. And walking the boardwalk was interesting as usual. Some people don't prefer to take kids there. But it is real life there and a great place to have conversations with your kids about a lot of things they don't see everyday.... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Someone wrote on a review that this place is a tourist trap, and let me tell you that it is not. I had tons of fun here. You can find anything there, plus, the beach is clean and beautiful. You can take great pics in the area.

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

10.30.2014 -- seedy, shabby but fascinating if you can stomach the smell of marijuana whafting out of the numerous Marijuana clinics. But the most major troubling social aspect is the sheer number of homeless people about, amongst their possessions -- some even with multiple pet dogs in tow. Many of the street artists seemed to be living in squalor too... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It was a beautiful beach, lots of rentals, great restaurants, very congested and lots of homeless people though. Although they do not bother much, there are a significant amoutn all over the place from on the beach, all along the boardwalk, in the gazebos, etc. It's very sad even though it almost seems as if they enjoy it as vain... More

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