One of the eseential LA experiences is iconic Venice Beach. We were excited to see Muscle Beach & the basketball courts where White Men can't jump is filmed (I couldn't think of any recent movies). At first it was enjoyable since Venice is a culture of its own and you can be free to be whoever you want there. But as the day went on more people came out to sell stuff mainly to buy drugs and it definitely got over stimulating. I would say check it out for a little while & then gap it before everyone tries to sell you their burned CDs and other random stuff. There are many arts stalls and various little shops to check out and you see how it is stuck in the 90s. But its walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier and the beach is right there too.