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Venice Beach Boardwalk

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Address: Los Angeles, CA
Phone Number: 888 LA-PARKS
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Great for artsy and people-watching types!

The Boardwalk is great for a nice afternoon or early evening stroll. You can catch street performers and entertainers, buy some pop art, or check out one of many shops along the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Boardwalk is great for a nice afternoon or early evening stroll. You can catch street performers and entertainers, buy some pop art, or check out one of many shops along the sidewalk (both for souvenirs and other products). I probably wouldn't recommend eating around there; I've never really craved anything along the sidewalk, and it's overpriced anyway. Parking can... More 

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Leiderdorp, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the most varied, lively and stretched/spacious beach I have ever been. It also has a great wow-factor mainly caused by the (remarkable and sometimes crazy) people walking here, and the available sport facilities, shops, restaurants, attractions and it has the greatest pier on the US west coast . I find it the mother of all beaches.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Venice beach is the perfect place to take a stroll and people watch. I didn't do any shopping, but there are tons of little shops to explore.

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Boston
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were keen to get to see the boardwalk and check out Muscle Beach. So when we got there we were very disappointed. stay in Santa Monica instead and check out the old muscle beach area much more fun.

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Fermanagh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is another tourist trap with shops selling usual tourist merchandise and restaurants with over priced food, good to see the area the best part is the beach it was beautiful. there is a lot of homeless in the area but they don't bother you and a lot of guys trying to give you FREE CDs just walk on or... More 

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Kincumber, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I walked all the way along both sides and it was great, the sights, sounds and people, such an experience.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ugh is all I can say. Strong smells of cannabis and very dirty. Typical beach type stores with cheap t-shirts and trinkets. Some curbside street entertainment. I suppose when there are volleyball tournaments it can be fun. You are either into this type of stuff or you're not. It definitely was not for me.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Venice boardwalk is fun for anyone, tourist or local. You have the beach and ocean right there, volleyball courts and a boardwalk full of restaurants and shops. While the restaurants are not amazing, they are ok for lunch. There is a great poke shack down the boardwalk closer to the beginning of it. The shops, while mostly sell tourist items,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful place to spend the day. It is a quick 3 mile walk from the Santa Monica Pier and you can meet people from all over the place in those 3 miles. Great place to pick up a cool T Shirt, see muscle beach and even watch amazing athletes play a pick up basketball game.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After seeing Venice Beach on god knows how many television programs, the actuality was a let down. It looked tatty and the air was tinged with the scent of cannabis and urine.... In truth it was a bit of a disappointment.

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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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