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The Venice Beach Boardwalk

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All photos by Venice Paparazzi  Edizen Stowell.  Venice Paparazzi.

ADMISSION FEE: Free to the public



FOR MORE INFO: Venice Recreation and Parks. 310.396.6764 or 310.399.2775

ABOUT: The World famous Venice Beach Boardwalk is not to be missed. If you are visiting the Los Angeles area, you owe it to yourself to come to Southern California’s number one visitor attraction. Stretching about one a half miles along the manicured sands of the Pacific Ocean, the boardwalk is a large part of what makes Venice unique. On the west side of the “walk” are hundreds of street vendors and performers. You can see everything from break-dancing to broken glass walking. Mimes to musicians, jugglers to jesters and everything in between make up the human landscape. You can have your fortune read, get a temporary tattoo or have your name written on a grain of rice. If souvenirs is what you are after then the boardwalk is the place to go. The Westside offers unique arts and crafts, odds and ends and one of kinds only obtainable here. Paintings, photos, rocks of various sorts and sculptures are among the popular offerings. On the Eastside are the store fronts of the boardwalk. Here you will find every sort of t-shirt under the sun. From the politically motivated to sexually charged to the plain old Venice Beach t-shirt there is sure to be one for everybody. In addition, there are tattoo and piercing stores, skate and surf shops, medical marijuana dispensaries and more. You can buy sun glasses, vaporizers, beer and shoes. This is all in addition to the large selection of restaurants, juice spots and bars. In summary, packed into its one and a half mile, the boardwalk has more diversity in demographics and retail then probably anywhere else in the world. There is reason it so famous. Come and see for yourself!


Additional info from Wikipedia. This 2.5 kilometer boardwalk has a bike path, rollerskaters and skateboard ramps, restaurants, sunglasses, and plenty of tourists. Venice beach is famous for muscle beach, where body builders work out. California Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out on Muscle Beach and made Gold’s Gym famous in the 1980s.

Visitor survivor tip: Bring plenty of $1 dollar bills when you walk along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. If you watch an entire performer’s show or appreciate an artist’s work, please leave a tip. They work very hard to make your stay enjoyable at Venice Beach.


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  • Kitwench

    This article is several years out of date. They’ve banned the vendors and performers and built 20 or so high rise hotels on the boardwalk. For shopping, and food – enjoy the conveniently located identical Perry’s every quarter mile or so. For entertainment, stare at the empty expanse of volleyball nets for empty ‘summer camp’s that didn’t pan out. If you enjoy peace and quiet, walking and bring – the World famous Venice Beach is now your cup of tea. Honestly the most boring place I’ve ever been.

    • EmaLee

      quiet?? venice boardwalk?? it’s lame now, for sure, but it’s still not quiet o_O

      • Kitwench

        They’ve posted multiple signs everywhere on the ‘things not allowed’ and the vendors and performers are on the list. :(

        • EmaLee

          everyones always gotta ruin a good thing i guess

        • EmaLee

          hey! thought i’d let you know i headed out to venis this week and there were people selling art and playing guitar. that old guy with his piano was there too. wasn’t as crazy as i remembered it being, that’s for sure, but that could also be because it was morning on a workday. maybe people started getting permits? idk.

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