"Free street parking is available on Ocean Avenue.
Venice Beach may be the most distinctive beach town in all of Southern California thanks to its charming canals, which were built by real estate magnate Abbot Kinney in 1904 as an homage to the Venice in Italy. Unlike some other Westside neighborhoods, Venice Beach is more funky than fussy.
This walk can be particularly fun for both you and your pooch, provided it doesn’t get overexcited at the sight of ducks. If you do bring a dog, resist the temptation to remove its leash during the canal portion of the walk. Toward the end of the route, you’ll come to the Westminster Off-Leash Dog Park, where Rover can get footloose and fancy-free with his canine pals." Read more
"Venice Beach is a unique wedge of Los Angeles between Ocean Park (in Santa Monica) and the Marina Del Rey Harbor Channel. The famous Venice Beach Boardwalk is on Ocean Front Walk, an asphalt walkway that runs parallel to the back end of the wide, sandy beach. It extends south from Navy Street to the Venice Pier at the foot of Washington Boulevard. Winding through the sand is the 20-mile South Bay Bicycle Trail. The 1.5-mile promenade, built in 1905, is lined with beachfront businesses, cafes, hawkers, vendors, bodybuilders, musicians, comedians, artists, jugglers, fortune-tellers, dancers, drunks, hiking book publishers, panhandlers, spectators, and a vast array of other unique characters. The calm of the ocean is only steps away from the endless parade of people." Read more
"Initially built by Abbot Kinney to be the Venice, Italy, of the United States, little is left of the 16 miles of canals that once ran through the heart of Venice Beach, but what is left is more than a mile of beautiful waterway, lined by some of the most exclusive homes in the area. A stroll alongside the canals and over the wooden bridges makes for a nice walk only a few short blocks from the famous Venice Beach boardwalk." Read more