TRAVELNovember 21, 2022

15 Exciting Things to do in Venice, California

15 Exciting Things to do in Venice, California

If exciting was a place, it would definitely be Venice, California!

With popular attractions like the Venice Beach Boardwalk to Panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Venice is for sure a top travel destination for many.

The popular neighborhood is located in Los Angeles, California between Santa Monica and Marina del Ray. It derives its name from the popular Italian City, Venice and also because of its canals which were built by Abbot Kinney in 1905.

The neighborhood is popular among tourists, local visitors and creatives because of its diverse culture, oceanfront boardwalk, Venice Beach, chic shops and eateries along Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

If you're looking to maximize your time in Venice, California here's a list of 15 exciting things that you need to do.

1. Take a stroll or enjoy a picnic on Venice Beach

A stroll down Venice Beach should definitely be on your to do list when visiting Venice, California. Be sure to explore Venice Beach by digging your toes in the sand while enjoying the cool ocean breeze. You can also organize for a fun and relaxed picnic with a loved one.

Not only is Venice Beach clean, but the sand on the beach varies in texture, some of it is soft and some of it is coarse with sea shells.

You're probably wondering, can you swim on the beach? Yes you absolutely can! However the water tends to be a bit cold.

2. Experience a luxurious stay at Resthaven LA

Resthaven LA is located at 522-524 Rialto, Venice, California in the upscale neighborhood of Venice, CA. The property is a Black-owned luxury vacation rental and is perfect for people looking to experience luxury travel, on company retreats, on their honeymoon or simply looking for a new adventure.

This home sits on 3,400 sq. ft., has 4 beds and 4.5 baths. Its close proximity to popular tourist attractions such as Muscle Beach, Ocean Front Walk and the Venice Fishing Pier makes it the perfect home for travelers looking to explore the city. It is also located less than half a mile from Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney Boulevard and less than ten miles from Los Angeles International Airport.

If you're looking for a luxurious, safe and private vacation rental where you can relax and unwind, Resthaven LA is the perfect vacation rental for you.

Resthaven LA offers the ultimate membership for an extraordinary life of travel. The 3 membership options that you can choose from are:

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Among the perks that you get to enjoy with this option include complimentary 3 nights and 2 days visit across all U.S. based properties and no annual membership dues.

Global Entry

With this membership option, you get to enjoy complimentary 3 nights and 2 days stay across Resthaven properties worldwide and no annual membership dues.

Global Entry, Monthly Financing

Among the perks that you get to enjoy with this option include no FICO requirements and no prepay penalties.

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3. Enjoy a casual stroll along Venice Beach boardwalk

Attracting millions of visitors each year from all over the world, Venice Beach Boardwalk, also known as Ocean Front Walk, is among the most popular places to visit in Venice Beach. The boardwalk is a pavement that stretches three miles; and more than a mile of the pavement is made up of chic cafes, beautiful shops, vendor booths and enthusiastic artists and entertainers.

The area is also dog-friendly and you can take a stroll with them as long as you keep your pet on a leash and ensure that you don't cross over to the beach section.

4. Enjoy skating on Venice Beach Skate Park

Located along the Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach Skate Park is one of the most iconic skateboarding locations in the area. The park was built in 2009, and it is a symbol of the skateboarding culture in Venice.

The 16,000 square foot photogenic location surrounded by palm trees is located a few steps from the shore and is usually full of daring and enthusiastic skateboarders showing off their skating tricks.

If you're a skater, be sure to visit the park and take part in the action. If you're not into skating , you can simply watch from the sidelines and even shoot a video or two for memory's sake or to post on your social media accounts.

5. Break a sweat at Muscle Beach

Muscle Beach is a well known outdoor gym for people who enjoy bodybuilding and weightlifting. You won't miss it when walking along the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

If you're looking to break a sweat, this is the place to be. Fun fact, back in the day, Arnold Schwarzenegger trained here when he used to participate in bodybuilding competitions. Other famous people that have worked out here include Vic Tanny, Dave Draper, and Jack La Lanne.

6. Enjoy fishing at Venice Fishing Pier

The Venice Fishing Pier is located close to the Venice Beach parking lot on Washington Boulevard. To fish here, you don’t require a fishing license and the pier is open to the general public.

So get your fishing rods and catch some fish! Once you're done, you can also chill and watch surfers on the Pacific Ocean trying to catch the waves.

7. Visit the Mosaic Tile House

All art lovers assemble! Mosaic Tile House is a private home that is owned by artists Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran. It is among the best hidden gems in Los Angeles. The home is fully covered in colorful tiles and mosaics, both inside and out and is quite a sight to behold.

It is important to note that the home is only open to the public every Saturday between 12 and 3 pm, and guests have to make a reservation by email first.

8. Take a walk along the Venice Canals

This is one of the attractions on Venice Beach that should not be missed!

Developed by Abbot Kinney in 1905, The Venice canals offer guests an idyllic scene and they give you an idea of how things were over 100 years ago when Venice was a beachfront resort town.

You can take a stroll along the arching pedestrian bridges, admire the beautiful beach houses, and come across a bunch of ducklings. There usually aren't rental boats along the canal but you can carry a non-motorized water vessel and tour the neighborhood.

In 1990, The Venice Canals were added to the National Register of Historic Places and are considered as among the top places to visit in Venice.

9. Dine and shop at the chic Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Abbot Kinney Boulevard is named after Abbot Kinney, the founder of Venice Beach, who spent most of his wealth creating the neighborhood in the U.S. It has since grown to be among the most popular places to visit in California.

If you're looking to splurge a little on shopping and dine at beautiful chic hotels, then Abbot Kinney Boulevard is one of the places that you must visit.

With a collection of elegant boutiques and fine restaurants that are well loved by foodies and local celebrities, you are assured of some mouth watering

food and a great shopping experience.

10. Enjoy cycling or skating on the bike path on Venice Beach

For the adventurous travelers, bike riding or skating on the bike path on Venice Beach is the perfect activity for you. The most popular ride is from Venice to Santa Monica Pier and back. Also, you don't have to have your own bike or skates, you can simply rent one and enjoy your adventure.

The Marvin Braude trail stretches over 22 miles and on your ride to and fro, you'll get to enjoy the stunning view of the Pacific Ocean.

11. Immerse yourself in Local Art

Venice is a multicultural place and the population is made up of many eccentric artists and creators. This has in turn caused an increase in the number of art galleries and exhibitions.

A popular piece of art in Venice is the Venice Public Arts Walls that is located on the Venice Pavilion building. This wall features graffiti art that dates back to the 1960s all the way to the early 2000s. This public art space is a representation of the artistic history of Venice and is also a great place to snap some gorgeous pictures for the Gram.

12. Go on a Self-Guided Walking Tour of the Venice Murals

Through this tour, you're able to learn about the history of Venice, enjoy sites of interesting architecture as well as other forms of contemporary art.

13. Get a new read at Small World Books

Small World Books is a bookstore that offers people a wide range of reading materials by established authors and also local authors. If you prefer purchasing books by local authors, you can easily do so by browsing through the local author selection.

This cozy bookstore is conveniently located on the Venice Beach Boardwalk and guests can enjoy the beautiful beachfront view from outside the store.

14. Enjoy the breathtaking Venice Beach sunset

Nothing beats an alluring and magical sunset by Venice Beach. In fact, it is said that among the most beautiful sunsets experiences are the ones by Venice Beach. So grab your loved ones and enjoy the golden hour.

Some top spots where you can catch the sunset include the Venice Fishing Pier, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey and the Venice Canals.

15. Take Photos of the iconic Venice Beach Sign

If you want to snap a few photos to keep in your memories folder or for your social media, head over to the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Windward Avenue, and you'll find the famous “Venice” sign.

The sign that's there today is a replica of the one that was put by Abbot Kinney in 1905. It is so popular that the Venice Chamber of Commerce holds the trademark for the sign.


Venice is a pretty eccentric and exciting place to visit in Los Angeles County. With the many attractions and fun places to visit, you and your loved ones are guaranteed to have an amazing experience.

If you're wondering if you should take a trip down to Venice Beach California, the answer is most certainly!

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