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Ranked #78 of 612 things to do in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.
Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

I visited Venice Beach with my husband and teenage son - an obsessed skater! After having read reviews on here I was a little worried that we would be be met by marauding pot heads and forced to partake - nothing could be further from the truth. People have referred to the over whelming smell, I didn't smell anything - yes there are the Green Doctors but if you go somewhere canabis is is legal what do you expect! For people watchers like me Venice Beach is amazing the variety of people you see is unparalleled. It is a little disappointing that most stalls have signs saying no pictures but if you take the time to talk to the stall holders you can see they have to make a living, offer a dollar or 2 and most will happily allow a photo. We watched the skateboarders on the park - the adults were good, the kids were brilliant (scary but brilliant!). We bought some fruit for a few dollars but didn't try any other food - most smelt good and the prices weren't bad. The public toilets were awful, but I usually have wet wipes and tissues with me so this wasn't too much of an
issue. We saw no evidence I crime and apart from one drunk who swiftly departed when told to we weren't harassed. Overall Venice Beach is well worth a few hours of your time.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

We visited later in the evening after a day on Hollywood Blvd! It was nice to walk along the beach and then the little commercial area people watching! A bit of a throwback to my earlier life!

Thank Cindy W
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Definitely lively and interesting. Great to see the Jim Morrison mural nearby. I don't think you need to spend more than 2 or 3 hours visiting, though. Glad to have visited....but going by other reviews, I'm glad I didn't need to use the public toilets!!

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Venice Beach is without a doubt one of the craziest places on earth. Anything goes, and is going on all the time, night or day. It is a must stop when visiting Los Angeles if you have any fond memories of going to the circus as a kid. This is a circus like no other. I grew up in nearby Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and raised my kids in Malibu and Manhattan, so I do not consider myself a tourist when there, but I have to say I do become one the minute I step onto the Venice boardwalk. The sights, the sounds, the smells....there are no words to describe the freaks in and amongst what appear to be normal folks in the crowd. And crowded it is. Hard to walk a straight line while dodging roller bladers, even though there is a bike lane for those with wheels.
And speaking of bikes...that's a great thing to do...rent a bike and experience the whole shebang that way, stopping whenever there's something you wish to explore more. And there's plenty to explore!
There are other parts of Venice, though, worth the trip as well. Main Street is a great shopping street and there is a parking lot behind it where incredible food trucks gather on Tuesdays and that is an experience in itself. Then there is Abbot Kinney Blvd...another fabulous street for off beat boutiques, furniture, great eateries, etc....a bit reminiscent of the old days of Melrose in the West Hollywood area.
In the 60's the area was a bit depressed and many artists took over some of the historic spaces and turned them into their studios. Even Jim Morrison lived there in the abandoned Pacific Ocean Park! So Venice became a mecca for the happening artists of the time, and many still live there or maintain studios there. They are scattered all over the place in and around all the little winding streets off of Abbot Kinney or the walking lanes off Main Street. There is such an aura of history with all the old style beach bungalows...very charming and appealing if you have any hippieness left in you.
Then there are the canals...which gave the town its name...really incredible to score one of those places to live! There are teeny homes next to mega mansions, some walled in for privacy, but smack up against the neighbors anyway. You can boat through the canal system, for a view of many of them...or just walk around, crossing the many bridges, and get lost. Such a unique place to live.
I will always love Venice.

Thank MilkmaidTS
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

it's people-gawking to the max! Crowded stroll along storefronts made famous from 60s beach films and patience needed to browse the smaller shops. Impossible to get into a restaurant or bar that day but several food vendors, not very tasty and expensive but the shops weren't. Prices varied largely for the same item just a few stores away so walk around a little and do some serious gawking.The public restrooms were filthy, only 2 (a 3rd boarded up) and far between so prepare yourself. Once you navigate through the athletic zone of volleyball, skateboarders, cyclists, skaters, joggers, runners, weight lifters, rope climbers and hula-hoop fanatics, the beach itself wasn't crowded and had a much more relaxed vibe to enjoy a funky day in sunny LA.

Thank TeeheeInk
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