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A Visitor's Quick Guide to Venice Beach

Posted on September May 27, 2019

Venice Beach, California

Famous for its iconic boardwalk and beautiful beach, Venice offers a diverse and unique mix of activities. Whether you’re looking for exclusive or thrift shopping, relaxation or party, street performers or just a fun time people-watching, Venice Beach has it all.

Venice is one of the most interesting and popular destinations in Los Angeles for visitors, locals and celebrities. You never know what to expect when visiting – in an exciting way. Here's a list of things to do when visiting Venice Beach:



Venice Beach is one of many great surf spots in Los Angeles. We teach private surf lessons every day, all year round. Our school teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels ages 4 and up. This will be an adventure you will never forget!


The Venice Beach Recreation Center features several children’s playgrounds as well as basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. If you're looking to shoot some hoops, the center provides basketballs and other equipment. Another "must see” is the iconic Muscle Beach where Arnold Schwarzenegger lifted at back in the day.


Surrounded by palm trees, and overlooking the ocean, this iconic skatepark is located on the sand near Windward and Ocean Front Walk. The park features a variety of street skateboarding elements. Including concrete bowls similar to the empty swimming pools where the legendary Z-boys revolutionized skateboarding in Los Angeles during the 70s. The park is open from dawn to dusk, and well worth a visit even if you're not the biggest fan of watching skateboarding.


An improvisational jam session on the sand where Brooks Avenue meets Ocean Front Walk. The beat is loud and clear as hundreds of people from around the world gather at the beach to dance and play drums, shakers, congas and more.


Just a few steps from the beach, you'll find the famous Venice Canals. Inspired by Venice, Italy, this neighborhood consists of several blocks of canals that run between multi-million dollar homes. It's a beautiful and peaceful place where you can escape the craziness of Venice in just a few minutes. Visitors can walk along the canals in the area located within South Venice Blvd., Pacific, Ocean Ave. and Washington Blvd.


The people in Venice are different than the rest of Los Angeles, and if that's not enough, the Venice Freakshow it gets even crazier. A two-headed snake, five-legged dog, a bearded lady, a person eating fire and swallowing swords are just some of the things you'll get to experience here.



Los Angeles is a shopper's paradise, and if you're a true fashionista then visiting Abbot Kinney is a must. As LA's hippest area for unique shopping, you'll find a mix of modern chic and oldschool vintage stores that offer everything from surf tees and beach cruisers to exclusive labels.


The east side of the concrete boardwalk is lined with souvenir shops, restaurants and residences. Here you will find the perfect gift or souvenir to bring back home, as well as skate and surf shops, clothing stores such as American Apparel, and handmade Venice inspired decorations.



An all-organic vegan restaurant on Rose Ave is popular among locals and celebrities. Whether you're already familiar with healthy lifestyle eating, or you're a newbie to organic food, you won’t be disappointed dining at Café Gratitude.


For the ultimate Italian experience, you have to stop by C&O’s Trattoria. Famous for its never-ending supply of garlic bread, this restaurant is a local Italian favorite located near the boardwalk and Venice Pier.


Gjelina is not only known for their amazing food, but also for being a hot spot among celebrities. With a selection of pizzas, as well as many vegetarian options including kale salad, seared okra or grilled nectarines.


Joe's offers a California-French dining experience in the hip and trendy neighborhood, Abbot Kinney. With a menu that changes with the season, Joe's makes sure to serve outstanding cuisine at fair prices for brunch, lunch and dinner.


The nightlife in Venice is amazing. Experience a burlesque show, live music and dance performances, art openings and more.

High Rooftop & Lounge is a perfect place to start your night. This is the only rooftop bar in Venice, and the view is hard to beat. Located along the boardwalk, Venice Ale house offers 30 local craft beers on tap. If you brought your dancing shoes, make sure to check out Townhouse and James' Beach.