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Weight lifters still strut their stuff at this outdoor gym where, in the 30s, 40s and 50s, crowds would gather to watch young men and women honing their bodies, some of whom, like Vic Tanny and Jack LaLanne, went on to fame in the fitness world.
When you are at Venice Beach, you of course need to stop by Muscle Beach, even though it's not that much to see. Expected to see much more people showing off and much more "show", but the times we were there normally there were only...More
We love to come here when we go to the Santa Monica Pier!! My kids and grandkids love spending time on all the equipment! They challenge themselves to see how much they have improved from the last time we were there!
A beautiful beach. Very bohemian. Interesting to watch the skate boarders who take their sport very seriously. Great to watch the surfers on the lovely beach. Feel they are missing a trick here , would have expected some nice bars and restaurants along the walk...More
If you are into watching creepy guys work out, this is for you. Not really sure of the point of working out on the beach except for narcissism - but it’s a free show and cheap thrill for the tourists. Symbiosis! What’re else can exhibitionists...More
Giant jungle gym for adults. Great to see several people showing of their skills and talents however there were a lot of shady and homeless people. Saw one guy doing drugs right in front of everyone walking by. Did not feel scared as plenty of...More
There is so much pot smoking and homeless people that all i smelled was pee & pot. I absolutely loved the skateboard park-so fun to watch. Spent a solid 2 hours there. But the rest of the boardwalk was kinda sketchy. The beach was clean...More
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.
No breakfast at muscle beach, just a place to work out and or see fitness ! Try the pier, but only has trendy food .
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Will I have enough time ?? (5 Replies)
I'm booked on a weeks holiday with a group of friends in June to Vegas, however whilst im not that far away I'd love to visit LA, I understand it will be quicker to catch a Southwest Airlines flight to Burbank rather than hire a car an drive to LA, as I've only one night an two days free from my Vegas holiday, I know LA is huge and ideally I'd love to spend a week there but my question is will this give me enough time just to see a few sites that I've set my heart on :-) 1. The walk of fame...More
December 28, 2014|
You can get the Hop on Hop off bus to take you to some of these places. The walk of fame is outside your hotel's door and takes only a few minutes to see. The Hollywood Sign can be seen from your hotel or the mall next door at the viewing station. It's not something to visit. You really should think about getting a car since you have so little time, but yes you can visit Muscle Beach and Rode Drive and Viper Room easily in a day. What kind of shopping center did you want to visit? Vegas is...More
Glenfield, New Zealand
Sneaky ways to get another trip to Vegas... (8 Replies)
What sneaky ways have you used to get your spouse/partner to let you book another trip to Vegas?? I was sitting at home last week all depressed as I knew it was going to be another year or two at least before I came back to Vegas. We've been the last two years, all the way from NZ, and have a family wedding in Thailand, and had booked Christmas in Hawaii this year. Even the thought of these two trips couldn't excite me enough to stop thinking of Vegas... So, what did I do?? Well, I know...More
March 09, 2014|
Why not cut a few days out of Hawaii and head to Vegas from there. It's not too far away.
Trip report- baseball & great food (5 Replies)
My husband and I traveled with our two boys- ages 3 1/2 & 2. We had both been to LA a few times and had seen most of the big attractions. I was excited for great food (i had every meal for four days planned out where i wanted to try- best are mentioned below) and my husband was interested in the stadiums. Here are some tips/info from our trip. The traffic is terrible. No matter where you go/what time of day- always allow extra time (double the time) to get there or you may end up...More
August 23, 2011|
The trick to traffic is location, timing and data. Yes, Santa Monica and the westside are very difficult. The drive to Anaheim from Santa Monica is no fun, particularly if you take a direct route via the 5 or 405. Timing is important even outside the rush hour. For example, the 5 is consistently bad north and south between the 91 and the 605. To deal with this, have a cell phone with real-time traffic information. The freeway grid is large. Take advantage and follow the green lines. Don't get...More