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9 Fun Things To Do in Venice Beach


Venice Beach is a fun place to explore and enjoy. There are so many things to do, from going to the beach and riding bikes on the boardwalk, to checking out the street performances, skateboarding at Venice Skate Park or even just sitting on a bench for hours and talking with people. There's always something new happening in Venice Beach!

Go to the beach

A Woman Sitting on a Beach

Let's get the obvious one out of the way first. There are a few options for getting to the beach. You can catch a ride on one of those double-decker buses that run up and down Ocean Front Walk, but this isn't necessarily the best way to go since there are very few stops near the actual beach itself (the buses do stop at several places along Venice Beach). The other option is walking or biking from wherever you're staying in town. If you choose this route, be sure to bring sunscreen! And maybe a hat and/or sunglasses too—there's no shade on the beach itself (though there's some under palm trees at Abbot Kinney), so it's pretty bright out here during most of the day.

If it's summertime and sunny out, your best bet is probably going somewhere near Del Rey Lagoon where it'll be cooler and less crowded than Venice Beach itself. You know how to go, grab your beach towel and enjoy the sand.

Ride a bike on the boardwalk

White Hard Tail Bicycle on Brown Beach Sand during Sunsets

Rent a bike and enjoy the boardwalk. If you want to see Venice Beach as it was meant to be seen, get on two wheels! There are countless bike rental shops located along the beach and along the boardwalk. It's easy to rent one; just walk into one of these shops, tell them what kind of bike you want (and how long you want to rent it for), hand over your cash, and then ride off into the sunset. The best part about riding bikes in Venice is that there is no driving involved! This means that there is no need for gas or oil changes—just hop on and go!

Bike rentals are also great because they give people an opportunity to explore new places without having any prior knowledge of those places' layout or history. With so many different types of bikes available at each shop's rental kiosk (some have mountain bikes while others offer cruisers with baskets), there really isn't any reason not too try this fun activity during your next visit│

Take a stand up paddle board or kayak tour of the beach

Women in Bikini Walking towards Sea

If you want to experience the beach in a new way, rent a board or kayak and take it for a spin. You can find tours on Venice Beach that offer lessons, rentals and even tours for people who already know how to surf. Paddle boarding is slower-paced than surfing; this makes it easier for beginners to get used to standing on the board and maneuvering through waves. If you’re not sure which activity suits your tastes best, try both!

The affordability of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) equipment makes renting or buying SUP boards relatively easy: most shops allow customers to rent paddle boards by the hour or day at rates ranging from $10-$20 per hour depending on the shop's location within Venice Beach and its proximity to Santa Monica Bay. The cost of renting or purchasing kayaks can be similarly affordable; however, users should note that some bare bones inflatable models run as low as $20 while specialized hard-shell models can cost upwards of $1,000 full price at specialty retailers like REI.[5] For example: one such company called Kayak Connection rents single person kayaks out at half price if you book two hours beforehand through their website.[6]

See the street performances and musicians

man playing guitar and singing

You can find street performers and musicians all over Venice Beach, the boardwalk, and even on the beach. They're a great way to pass time while you're hanging out with your friends or family. Many of them are there because they love what they do and are happy to perform for free as long as people are watching.

Many people feel that these performances give them insight into local culture and history because it's often about things that have happened in Venice Beach or Los Angeles in general.

Go skateboarding at Venice Skate Park

Man Wearing Black Shirt Skateboarding

You can skateboard at Venice Skate Park, which is located at Rose Avenue and Windward Avenue.

If you're new to skating, the best thing to do is watch other people skate until you get a feel for it. It's also helpful to be aware of your surroundings—be careful not to run into anyone else who might be on the same path as you! You'll want to wear comfortable clothes and shoes so that nothing hinders your movement. The beach itself is sandy and rocky, so bring extra socks just in case one gets wet or loses traction with the ground. Don't forget sunscreen; even though it's wintertime there's still plenty of sun here!

Try a personal trainer at Muscle Beach Venice

Man in Black Tank Top and Black Shorts Holding Black Dumbbell

If you're looking to get fit, lose weight or just feel better about yourself, a personal trainer can help. They can give you advice on diet and exercise, help you set goals and track your progress. The best part is that most of them are at Venice Beach during the day so they're easy to find.

Talk to people on the bench at Ocean Front Walk

Busy Street in Venice Beach
  • The bench at Ocean Front Walk is a great place to sit and listen to people talk.
  • It's also a good place to watch the world go by, or to do some people watching.
  • The bench is also a spot where you can relax and think about things in your life that are important to you, as well as important things that are happening around the world at this time.

Check out the Venice Art Walls murals and art galleries on Abbott Kinney Blvd.

Venice Beach photo-shoot with model Lauren

If you're looking for a good way to get in touch with your inner artist, head over to Abbott Kinney Boulevard. This stretch of road has been designated as an art gallery, and you can find murals on most buildings. It's also a great place to see what's going on in the Venice Art Walls area at all times of day.

If you'd rather take it all in from behind glass, there are plenty of shops along the strip where you can do just that—you may even learn something new about yourself!

Watch the sunset from the pier

Sunset view of joggers.
  • To get to the pier, follow the boardwalk.
  • Head to the very tip of the pier and sit on one of the benches facing west in order to see a beautiful sunset over Santa Monica Bay.
  • Stay for at least half an hour after sunset, or until it gets too dark to see.
  • When you're done watching the sunset, head back towards Venice Beach so that you can enjoy all its other attractions!

Lots of fun!

If you're looking for a place where there is lots of fun and things to do, then Venice Beach is the place for you. This unique beach area offers so much more than just swimming. It's filled with tons of sights and activities that are sure to delight all age groups. There are also plenty of places to eat, drink and shop along the boardwalk while you're enjoying your time at this wonderful location.

If this sounds like it might be up your alley, then keep reading! In this article we'll discuss some tips on how best to navigate through all that Venice has to offer so that you can get the most out of your visit there.

young people talking on the street at Venice Beach

Venice Beach is one of the most exciting places to visit in Los Angeles. It has a unique culture, great people and so many things to do! We hope this list has given you some ideas about how to spend your time there.


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