Venice Beach Boardwalk in Los Angeles

With an estimated 30,000 tourists a day, and over ten million each year, the Venice Beach Boardwalk is the second most visited destination in Southern California. The Boardwalk extends along the paved two-mile Ocean Front Walk and bustles with bars, trendy restaurants, chic boutiques, street performers, and its own Venice Beach Recreation Center.

Just under 30 minutes from LAX, this bohemian playground of fun includes ever-changing venues, a lively drum circle, a popular waterfront skate park, fortune tellers and the famous Muscle Gym. You name it, the Venice Beach Boardwalk has it!

Although it's referred to as a 'boardwalk,' it's actually a concrete pathway that separates the sandy beachfront from the residential/business area. Best known for its eccentric, quirky nature, the heartbeat of Venice features mimes, jugglers, musicians, and numerous food vendors.

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With its free-spirited seaside atmosphere, the legendary Ocean Front Promenade buzzes with activities with the busiest stretch from Park Avenue to the north and Venice Boulevard to the south.

Photo Alert: The iconic suspended Venice sign at the entrance to Venice Beach Boardwalk at Windward Avenue is a must-snap for your Instagram story.

10 of the Most Fun Things to Do at Venice Beach Boardwalk

  • Public Art & Venice Murals: Visitors may find numerous murals, sculptures, and public art sightings up and down the Boardwalk. There's the "Touch of Venice" mural which pays homage to the 1958 classic film noir "Touch of Evil" directed by Orson Welles.

    Ground view looking up at a mural of historical figures at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, USA

    photo credit: Robby Virus via Flickr

  • Venice Beach Boardwalk Walking Tours: Promenade through the famous film locations of films like Spike Lee's White Men Can't Jump. Local tours explore the Venice Beach Canals. (Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.)
  • Rent Bikes or Beach Cruisers: Soak up the sun as you coast down Venice's 22-mile Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail (that links Santa Monica to Torrance).

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  • Venice Beach Boardwalk Farmers Market: The market, open on Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., offers an assortment of local vendors selling delicious cheese and artisan food. Enjoy local organic vegetables, fruit, fish, and homemade bread. The market also hosts live music and cooking demonstrations.
  • The Old Venice Beach Pavilion: This iconic landmark, built in 1964, provides a shady spot for picnicking along the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

Pro Tip: Personal fire pits or grills placed directly on the sand are prohibited. The best spots for bonfires are Dockweiler State Beach near El Segundo and Cabrillo Beach down in San Pedro.

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  • Souvenir Shops: The Boardwalk has specialty jewelry shops, clothing boutiques and a plethora of souvenir stores to bring something home to your family and friends.
  • Venice Beach Skate Plaza: This world popular skate park was opened in 2009 by a group of local skaters. All levels of skaters are welcome. It's also fun to watch these incredibly talented athletes land their bolts!

Interesting Fact: In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, officials filled the skate park with sand.

  • Free Gym Equipment: Yes, you read that right, free! If you're missing your weekly exercise routine, have no fear, the beach has all your lifting needs. You can also run, walk, swim, surf, or play some hoops.

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  • Segway down the Boardwalk: For an even more unique experience in this funky LA neighborhood, try the Venice Segway Rentals. Experts will teach you how to ride before your self-guided beach tour.
  • Muscle Beach Venice Gym: This world-famous attraction hosts special events and tournaments, while the Venice Beach Rec Center offers volleyball, paddle tennis, and handball.View of the outdoor gym and large red at Muscle Beach on a sunny day in Los Angeles, California, USA

Fun Fact: Venice Boardwalk's Muscle Beach was once the stomping ground for famed actor and past California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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