This is Venice Beach? What a dump. If you like cheap, funky t-shirts, carnival food and pot then this is for you. This isn't the place to bring kids unless you don't care about them. The beach itself and the bike path and skatepark is nice but that's all. There's homeless people everywhere smoking their pot and have mini villages set up on the grass.They don't really bother anyone but it just looks so bad. There's medical marijuana shops galore with the smell of pot everywhere.Cops just seem used to it and turn the other way.The food is cheap crappy carnival type stuff. The shops aren't even worthy of buying a overpriced postcard. There's also those annoying street performers who do silly stunts then demand money. The area is interesting for people watching, there's plenty of that. The only thing that looked like doing was going to the Freak Show.It's $5.00 to get in but we passed as we saw enough of that for free while walking around. We walked here from our hotel so I can't comment on parking. The best way to see Venice Beach is rent a bike and ride along the great bike path, and keep riding right past this area up to Santa Monica Pier where they care about the area.
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