Top 5 Things to do in Venice Beach
No trip to Los Angeles would be complete without spending a day or two exploring the world famous Venice Beach. It is, after all, Southern California’s second most visited attraction (just behind Disneyland). We have made a list of the top 5 things to do in Venice Beach to help you get the most out of your Los Angeles vacation.
1.Venice Ocean Front Walk- a.k.a. “The Boardwalk”
The famed boardwalk is approximately a mile and a half long sandy stretch along Venice Beach just south of Santa Monica. It is adjacent to a concrete promenade lined with shops, eateries, and residences. Be wowed by the street performers, get your fortune told, find a funky shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, and take in beautiful murals along the way. The boardwalk is one of the best places in L.A. for people watching for locals and tourists alike.
2.Venice Beach Skate Park
The 16,000-square-foot skate park features a variety of skateboarding elements including a concrete bowl reminiscent of empty swimming pools where the Z-Boys revolutionized skateboarding in the 1970s. The Venice Beach Skatepark can be enjoyed for free from 9 a.m. until sunset. Safety gear, including a helmet, is required inside the park.
3.Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Abbot Kinney Boulevard is named after Venice’s founder and has been named “The Coolest Block in America” by GQ magazine. Abbot Kinney Blvd. is located just a couple of blocks from the beach and is a shopaholics paradise. Here, you will find edgy boutiques offering everything from vintage wear and eclectic designs to casual surf tees and beach-wear as well as the most modern furniture trends.
All that shopping is sure to work up an appetite, you can grab a bite at one of the many food trucks that often pull up along the street or one of the specialty cafes along the strip.
The Venice Breakwater is an acclaimed local surf spot in Venice, located north of the Venice Pier and Lifeguard Headquarters, and south of the Santa Monica Pier. This spot is sheltered on the north by an artificial barrier, the breakwater, which consists of an extended sand bar, piping, and large rocks at its end. The breakwater is the only place on the beach where waves break on both spots, making this a favorite local surf spot. Beginner and intermediate surfing lessons are offered year-round at Venice Beach (as well as Malibu, Zuma, Santa Monica, and Manhattan Beach) through the company, Go Surf LA. Lessons run about $80 for 90 minutes. Wetsuits and soft-top surfboards are included in lesson price.
5.Venice Canal Historic District
The Venice Canal Historic District is famous for its man-made canals that were originally built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his “Venice of America” plan. Gondola rides can be taken along the canals for a romantic travel tour for couples or just for sightseeing. The upscale residential neighborhood surrounding the canals is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the original old houses have been renovated, while large, modern homes also dot the landscape. Visitors can walk along the canals in the area located within South Venice Blvd., Pacific, Ocean Ave. and Washington Blvd.
People flock to Los Angeles for the abundance of activities and things to do. Venice Beach is a favorite spot for locals and makes for a great family vacation destination. Serviced by LAX and LGB (Long Beach Airport) finding flight deals into the area is usually pretty easy. MySitti has hundreds of affiliate partners to get you the best hotel room bookings for your budget. From luxury hotels to finding Venice Beach hotel deals, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out restaurant deals and coupons.
Don’t forget to knock out these top 5 things to do in Venice Beach when you visit L.A.