Venice Beach Boardwalk

Venice Beach Boardwalk, Los Angeles: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Venice Beach Boardwalk Reviews: 4/5

Venice Beach Boardwalk
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Piers & Boardwalks • Beaches
About
Anything and everything on this famous concrete strip - from hippies to skateboarders, you will see it all here.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: 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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Ed B
2 contributions
What a shame such a beautiful place
Sep 2021 • Couples
Had a friend at work who lived in California in the 1980’s . He would talk about all the cool people showing off their talents The weight lifters and roller skaters . I always wanted to see it for myself. I wonder when it went downhill. Yes there was a large group of people practicing yoga and people playing sports and the skateboarders but that was all overshadowed by hundreds of mentally ill homeless people . We went to sit down to eat at a outdoor restaurant but the smell from a group of homeless men was overpowering. If you want to see it go early or not at all. California shame on you.
Written September 20, 2021
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Ian P
Redondo Beach, CA31 contributions
If You Enjoy Urine
May 2021
My wife and I used to come here since we were in high school together. For years we'd walk, eat at the food vendors, see the jugglers, magic acts, and beautiful beach sunsets. Now it's filthy!
Tents everywhere, the smell of urine is overwhelming and the filth is an embarrassment to our city.
I feel sorry for the residents who spent so much money to live in a once-perfect location.
Sadly, avoid this!
Written August 17, 2021
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Carole S
1 contribution
The Boardwalk magic is back
Aug 2021
The Boardwalk magic is back. From peaceful sunrise to gorgeous sunsets, the Boardwalk is so special with its diversity, the tourist people-watching, the entertainers, the creative vendors and the skateboard park. Sure, Venice has had its challenges but compassionate common sense seems to have prevailed and that coastal Boardwalk experience is not to be missed!
Written August 12, 2021
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Gene M
Santa Monica, CA1 contribution
Not the best place to be
Jul 2021
What it used to be number One tourist attraction in Los Angeles turned to trashy, filthy and smelly place.
Written July 22, 2021
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Amber ONeal
Cibolo, TX16 contributions
Many Other Choices Nearby
Jul 2021 • Family
Once you get past all the homeless sites and trash the beach itself is nice. The surrounding area is filthy, smells awful and frankly scary. Much better off at Manhattan Beach.
Written July 19, 2021
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Michelle V
Grand Rapids, MI12 contributions
Venice Beach
Jun 2021 • Couples
I was first here in 2016. It was clean and pretty. This visit was a true eye awakening experience. I did not know the homeless people moved in. That is not a problem but the filth and trash is a shame. No reason for filth and trash everywhere. It saddened me. At the same time I enjoyed the cultural experience.
Written June 10, 2021
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Michael D
Huddersfield, UK73 contributions
Venice beach shopping
Jul 2020
Just behind the famous Venice beach there are rows and rows of shops all selling pretty much the same but all worth a look in and of course selling t-shirts and various souvenirs
Written June 8, 2021
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Priscilla C
San Diego, CA4 contributions
Filthy and stinky
Apr 2021
First time here and never coming back. The boardwalk was filthy and smelled like urine. There’s a big homeless community living along the boardwalk in tents and they are starting to hoard old furniture and stuff which makes it look very unattractive. I do not recommend this place at all. I left the place feeling disgusted.
Written April 6, 2021
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Holly M
Marina del Rey, CA54 contributions
Venice Beach exactly what I expected
Mar 2021
This was exactly as I expected. A diverse culture and all walks of life. I am giving it 4 stars because I was expecting what I saw. I was saddened to see the large amounts of homeless lining the boardwalk. However, they were not a problem. They never approached us and pretty much just stayed to themselves. I was a bit disappointed to see dog mess on sidewalks. If you bring your dog clean it up. I was also a bit frustrated at the amount of dogs not on leashes. These were not strays as they had owners close by. Lots of shops and plenty of places to grab a snack. With that said, I was a bit turned off at how dirty the store fronts were for the food. It made me not want to eat there but that was a personal preference. If you are looking to see the culture, history and enjoy people watching this is the place for you. If you want a clean, quiet place with few people then this is not for you.
Written March 28, 2021
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Kemal Celik
Istanbul, Turkey217 contributions
Lovely
Nov 2020 • Friends
As the place I was staying was close to the beach,we kept coming most of the nights for a short walk,sport and hang out.Lovely places,lovely restaurants and beautiful people.We also did a boat ride and rented kayak one day.Very nice and memorable great times.
Written December 8, 2020
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