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Venice Beach Boardwalk

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Address: Los Angeles, CA 90291
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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Experience it Once

Yes, this is probably the Times Square of LA but go just once to say you've been there. Has all the SoCal stereotypes - Muscle Beach, lifeguard towers, off the wall people... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yes, this is probably the Times Square of LA but go just once to say you've been there. Has all the SoCal stereotypes - Muscle Beach, lifeguard towers, off the wall people, tourist traps. The residences along the beach have some interesting architecture. A madhouse during the weekend but that's to be expected.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Avoid this place at night. Shops are all full of the same drug paraphernalia and cheap touristy souvenirs. Parking should be free but it isn't.

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Signal Hill, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to people watch. You can find all sorts of people there...interesting ones. Need I say more? Go check it out for yourself. But please be careful with your wallet or purse. Though nothing happened to me but given the crowd I would be watchful. Other than that, it's an interesting place, right by the beach.

Thank SLoh_11
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even in the winter a wonderful walk at the beach, wonderful weather, excellent view, sundown at it's bes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Walking up and down the broad walk is pleasant with the huge beach to one side and the weird and touristy shops on the other. Lots of people watching to do ! Some good street artists. And of course Muscle beach which is just an outdoor gym for very musclely guys to show off !

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I enjoyed the experience, but I'd be wary of bringing any type of timid family or young ones. Many neat touristy shops and kiosks to purchase trinkets and stuff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful beaches, with an incredible atmosphere and a real sense of California's west coast culture. The walk from the Venice Canals, all the way up to Santa Monica pier is long - but 100% worth doing if you're able.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun place to visit! There's so much to see and you never know who or what you may encounter. The skate park is one of my favorite spots to people watch. I have been advised by some locals not to visit at night, but just like any other big city, I'm sure you'll be fine as long as you watch... More 

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Harrisburg, Pa.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The boardwalk is filled with makeshift stands selling various "art" pieces. It is hard to distinguish between the starving artist and the homeless. I would skip this for another attraction.

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Bunbury, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This boardway has a. Lot of action happening all day and night. There are a lot of shops and stalls selling everything from food ,clothes and souvenirs.

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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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