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Venice Beach Boardwalk

1800 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles, California 90291 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Wed 12a-12a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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“The infamous Venice Beach Boardwalk!”

You haven't seen it all until you've seen Venice! There is a sandy three-mile beach here, but that is not what attracts visitors. You go to Venice to shop and gawk. During the summer season and on weekends, there is street entertainment at every intersection along Ocean Front Walk. Street performers include instrumental musicians, singers, jugglers, acrobats, mimes, comics, magicians, prophets, fortune tellers, and other assorted entertainers.

You will see people with tricolor hairdos, painted faces, weird tattoos, and outlandish clothing--or lack of it. The Boardwalk is a virtual sidewalk circus, a walk 'n' rolling skin show. There are lots of funky shops, too, if you want to eat out of the ordinary or buy an unusual souvenir or T-shirt. There are courts for basketball, handball, shuffleboard and paddle tennis. Muscle Beach is a special area where fanatic bodybuilders pump iron in a public show of strength. The Venice Chamber of Commerce maintains an Event calendar while other sites contain historical information.

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Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 515 Reviews
  • 371 Helpful
June 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

The boardwalk is a must go place. Sure it can be kinda touristy, but it's also full of local color, with plenty of real people who live and work here doing their thing. Loads of freaks and weirdos of the awesome fun variety. Lots of odd little shops, tattoo parlors and junky street grub. Then theres the beach, all the amazing beach houses, oh and muscle beach!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Plvogel

  • 98 Reviews
  • 30 Helpful
May 13, 2015
Rated 4.0

Fun and exciting to go if you've never been to LA before. Venice Beach is a colorful mix of interesting characters, seedy tattoo shops, and cheap food joints. A really nice beach, usually very full of patrons and relatively clean. The boardwalk itself is kind of grimy, and full of vagrants and vagabonds. Also a close bike ride to Santa Monica and the major shopping districts in Venice.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Greek_nomad

  • Road Warrior
  • 401 Reviews
  • 202 Helpful
October 04, 2014
Rated 5.0

Venice Beach Boardwalk seems as if its calling tourists from all over the world to unite!!

There are shops of all kinds and the shop holders don't leave you alone not even for a second.Until you realize and load the information of the shop you just passed by to your mind, you get "attacked" by the next one!!

We as a family are very social so we loved walking there!!! Prices depend on all products but you can easily make a bargain!!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lyndonp

  • 10 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
September 24, 2014
Rated 3.0

The boardwalk was ok. Definitely worth walking as there are some classic characters to see up and down it. The only major problem I had with it is eventually you just keep passing stalls/stores selling the same goods as ones passed already. Was worth the long trek though and recommend it just to see what Venice has to offer

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
FezLuvsU

  • 15 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
September 16, 2014
Rated 4.0

One of my favorite beaches. Still doesn't top the Santa Monica Boardwalk on my list, but still really fun :)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Stephen Rees

  • Road Warrior
  • 273 Reviews
  • 239 Helpful
September 05, 2014
Rated 4.0

Not my favorite place in L.A., but an area you've got to visit nonetheless. I'll always remember the "doctors" in green lab coats trying to sign me and my friends up for medical marijuana, as well as the incredible array of different characters assembled along the boardwalk.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 628 Helpful
July 07, 2014
Rated 5.0

I love Venice Beach Boardwalk. It's incredibly quirky and electic. If you're in L.A. definitely hit it up for the people-watching alone. It's got a great vibe, really positive and fun. And, seriously, the testosterone at muscle beach is palpable. Good bars, good eats, and great shopping.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
sjogren

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 22, 2017
Rated 2.0

I took My daily morning run and yesterday it was on the famous venice Beach Broadwalk. It was sooo many homeless people and they smokde a lot of weed....It might be better later during the the day :)

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Reviewed by
Vernmiller

  • 13 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 01, 2016
Rated 5.0

I have to say this place has it all, almost! Bike rentals with paths on the beach, very clean beach with soft sand, action everywhere. The only bad experience I had was with the restroom, not all were dirty though. I say if not going for the day, plan to stay at least 2-3 hours. Oh and be kind tip the street shows you stand and watch, $1. Or $2. Dollar they are entertaining you or don't watch!

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Reviewed by
thecompgal

  • 13 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 19, 2015
Rated 4.0

An artsy place to go. Lots of local talent & a variety of sights!

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Venice Beach Boardwalk

1800 Ocean Front Walk
Los Angeles, California
90291 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
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