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Venice Beach Boardwalk

Pedestrian Plaza
Venice Beach, Venice
  • Kirill K.
    "Much better than NY's boardwalk at Coney Island/Brighton beach."(17 Tips)
    Jeremy K.
    "Great people watching, art but watch out for the hippies and bums"(20 Tips)
    Julian N.
    "few legit seaside experiences--complete with Muscle Beach"(3 Tips)
    Shaye V.
    "Loved people watching, shopping, seeing the street performers!"(3 Tips)
127 Tips and reviews
  • boardwalk
  • people watching
  • street art
  • biking
  • sunsets
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  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 9, 2012
    Take a mini boardwalk pub crawl! Start off with cheap drinks, apps and live music at the Sidewalk Café and then go to Boardwalk Café where the Happy Hour goes till close and Bud pitchers are only $7! Read more
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MartinezAugust 4, 2015
    One the most unique places I've ever been! Had a really sucessful photoshoot here and the boardwalk is always lively and entertaining! Parking can get a bit crazy during weekends though
  • S_J L.
    S_J LApril 17, 2015
    seriously one of the best people watching spot! lots of tourists & locals. fun place but bring baby wipes or sanitizer.. bathroom is grosssss~ rent a bike n ride all the way to santa monica♡
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiJanuary 28, 2015
    I love walking from Marina del rey to Venice Beach. Usually parking is all full in Venice so easier to park further down and enjoy the walk.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy all the shops & restaurants early, before all the crowds arrive. Bring or rent a bike. Take a trip down the boardwalk to The Venice Pier by MDR or towards SaMo.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GlazkovOctober 16, 2015
    You can easily spend hours just walking around here. I love it. Air, air and air. Some ocean too, but fresh air is the first reason to be here.
  • lucy K.
    lucy KemmitzSeptember 12, 2011
    a fun late morning walk as the vendors get set up. A lot of cute art and jewellery to buy. People watching and beach views. Walk, bike or roller blade down the boardwalk for an iconic LA moment Read more
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica CampbellOctober 6, 2014
    Best organic coffee in LA! Island monarch coffee (IMC). Free wifi, ample parking, great selection of non-coffee drinks, food, pastries. 10818a Jefferson blvd. culver city , CA
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaMarch 12, 2016
    Much better than NY's boardwalk at Coney Island/Brighton beach. There are a lot of different attractions for yourself!
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 8, 2012
    Strolling this famous bit of real estate is a distinctly Californian experience. Thee Muscle Beach area is rife with musicians and street performers. Great for people-watching. Read more
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Chainsaw jugglers, swamis on rollerblades, street dancers...the most amazing street entertainers in the world are at Venice Beach and it's free to watch!
  • Ahmed
    AhmedDecember 29, 2013
    You have to come early if you want to have a really nice spot on the beach. The Boardwalk and Pier are really great for sightseeing and strolling!
  • Julian N.
    Julian NamNovember 25, 2011
    via LA Mag: The boardwalk remains one of the city's few legit seaside experiences--complete with Muscle Beach, handball courts, and penny-squishing machines. And it's free.
  • Alaa "Ally" T.
    Alaa "Ally" TatumApril 27, 2010
    My favorite place in LA. Pot smoking hippies, great handmade jewelry & art for sale, the beach, graffiti wall, what more could you want? Try renting a bike or just walk around & enjoy the performances
  • Mark S.
    Mark StrattonApril 15, 2013
    Check out Gingerbread Court cute spot great shops and a great e-cig store
  • Marvin A.
    Marvin AndujarJuly 8, 2013
    Cool walk. There is a lot going on, which is great for tourists. This is a must go for everyone.
  • Nofar C.
    Nofar CohenSeptember 9, 2013
    Awesome! Go look for the guy that sells the duck tape wallets and the mini sax! affordable unique gifts
  • Neev Z.
    Neev ZaietJune 22, 2010
    To get the cheapest, nicest and best quality pieces, walk alllllll the waydown the boardwalk to a store that has two huge bongs in the window. His pieces are made of inside out glass and won't break.
  • Edward H.
    Edward HutchinsonDecember 3, 2016
    You could see anything here. Weird and wonderful, a bit of a tourist trap but always fascinating to stroll through.
    Upvoted Dec 5, 2016
  • Rachna V.
    Rachna VashisthaJuly 12, 2013
    Different, cool, and beautiful shops. Water is also very good but bathrooms are dirty. Parking is $20 but i liked the place.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 25, 2016
    The one place where LA parallels Bourbon street, LA as far as people watching and far-out characters go. Sadly no legal open containers here...
  • The Vision Council
    The Vision CouncilApril 11, 2014
    Strolling the boardwalk? UV strength peaks at solar noon, but during 10am – 2pm, sunglasses are especially essential to protect your and your family’s eyes from the sun.
  • Fatma G.
    Fatma GencOctober 19, 2015
    Don't try to bicycle on the board walk on saturdays and sundays 🙈 just walk and enjoy your hyperlapse shots
  • Lizzie D.
    Lizzie DezranNovember 12, 2011
    hold on to ur belongings! haha still nice to walk during summer time! street shows, Get a Henna tattoo or a ring toe! lots to see and lots to buy!
  • lomography
    lomographySeptember 30, 2011
    Venice Beach has always been synonymous with gleaming water, bikini-clad beauties, and muscles. Why not spend a day snapping photos of muscle-bound guys lifting weights at “Muscle Beach”?!
  • Tara R.
    Tara R.August 20, 2013
    Afternoon gets super crowded, don't even think of biking it! Stick to the nearby bike path. Great for people watching.
  • Naily G.
    Naily GJune 8, 2015
    Best place for people watching, if you think I saw it all, go there you might be surprised.
  • Fifi S.
    Fifi SomaMarch 11, 2015
    All the freaks really did roll down the hill. Great little historical place. They have weed too
  • Tanya G.
    Tanya GoodmanAugust 24, 2010
    Rode bikes there last weekend. (Bring sunscreen!) What an eclectic group of people. great for weather, and people watching. Stay for the sunset. Amazing.
  • Catalina S.
    Catalina SoriaJuly 15, 2013
    Park at the boarder of Santa monica & Venice for better parking options. And wear comfy shoes!
  • UCLA
    UCLAJune 4, 2012
    Take Line 1 on the Big Blue Bus (exit Lincoln and Rose) to the Venice Boardwalk where you can peruse the shops, buy a touristy shirt or join a drum circle.
  • Valentine's Day Movie
    Valentine's Day MovieFebruary 2, 2010
    Rent a two-seater bicycle and pedal your way down the boardwalk to see the Venice drum circle and local artists. Pose in front of the ‘Starry Knight’ mural for a great photo opp! #vday
  • Jorge B.
    Jorge BarraganMay 13, 2013
    Great plan for Sundays to walk and enjoy the artistry on the streets
  • Now )OHNNY is
    Now )OHNNY isAugust 20, 2011
    When going towards beach look at bike path and make sure there's no bikers you will get hit or yellled/cussed at
  • Majed A.
    Majed Alashari1 week ago
    Nice area to walk in during day but avoid it at night. Parking is available at 10$
  • Lisa Z.
    Lisa ZamoraJune 26, 2016
    Wow! Was there a lot of marijuana smokers. :) Walk the boardwalk and the pier and it was a beautiful day today with my son and my daughter.
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayMay 12, 2015
    Great people-watching - could hangout at the skate park for hours!
  • Papereater E.
    Papereater ElisabetSeptember 19, 2013
    Take the good with the bad! Lovely local artists, chotchkies galore, miles of beautiful beach :]
  • Can .
    Can 😉August 4, 2013
    Great place fully of attraction babeee don't forget to take ur camera :))
  • Brittany W.
    Brittany WilsonApril 20, 2011
    A classic LA staple! Avoid the weekends and go during the week for a more enjoyable trip!
  • Jaysyn L.
    Jaysyn LongoriaMay 7, 2010
    probably one of the most interesting experiences you'll ever have in Cali. Make sure to take in a sunset here...absolutely breathtaking.
  • Rita
    RitaApril 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't settle for the first price the merchants tell u. Some places are just outrageous, walk a couple shops down same thing will b 10 bucks cheaper
  • Michael M.
    Michael MorganJune 28, 2013
    Get yourself a bicycle and ride around!
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DunnApril 27, 2012
    If you enjoy people watching, look for Sandy Dumpling. Classy and Sassy.
  • Amber E.
    Amber ESeptember 26, 2014
    buy some sunglasses, look at some muscle men, get something pierced, drop your camera in the ocean
  • Sarah .
    Sarah 💄3 weeks ago
    The artists and all the different people walking around make this place so awesome.
  • Kim M.
    Kim MartinsenJuly 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Summer crowds make this a stop and go run route. Best to wait till an hour before sunset.
  • Mel
    MelApril 27, 2012
    Freaks not only come out at night, but the day. A woman approached me & by my guess was on drugs would not leave and tried grabbing me / tugging at my arm as I passed by. Fun, but be careful.
  • Harlan R.
    Harlan RayOctober 19, 2015
    Great tour into the heart of the art and expression scene of Los Angeles.
  • Dustin W.
    Dustin WryeAugust 23, 2011
    Go down the beach towards Santa Monica. Not nearly as run down and you can avoid the homeless. Still the same old beach you see on any coastal city.
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