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Venice Beach

Outdoor Free
Beaches, Swimming, Offbeat, Touristy, Special Needs
Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA

Activity Overview

Some beaches may look and feel the same but a Venice Beach experience is like no other. Aside from the usual beach activities, you can see bodybuilders workout on the beach, cheer for skateboarders doing their tricks, and watch street performers.

Things to Do

  • Pick a spot on the three-mile beach and bring out your umbrellas plus your picnic basket. Even if there are many events happening in the area, swimming in the Pacific Ocean should still be the top on your list. The waves here are ideal for fun body surfing sessions with the kids. Walk on the beach and go shell hunting too.
  • Next, stroll on the Venice Boardwalk. You might be surprised at all the unusual things that street performers can do. Take your time in watching their performances or step into the Venice Beach Freak Show. Admission is free for kids under the age of 5.
  • Don't forget to drop by and see the well-known trademark of Venice Beach, the Muscle Beach Gym. Avail of a day pass to do your own workout or just watch from the sidelines. See bodybuilders as they lift weights and exercise a few steps away from the beach.
  • Rent bikes, skates, and Segways for your kids and do your own tour of the sidewalk. Use the 17-mile bike lane that runs from Pacific Palisades to Palos Verdes.
  • Head on to Santa Monica Pier to go fishing or to ride the Ferris wheel or carousel at the amusement park.

Venice Beach Insider Tips

  • Finding a parking slot can be tough especially on weekends. Drive here early if you want to park near the beach. Rates can go up to $25 per day on the private parking lots. One suggestion is to drive to Culver City and take the bus from there.

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