Party Earth Review A carnivalesque 1.4-mile pedestrian walkway bursting with frenetic weirdness, the Venice Boardwalk is one of LA’s prime gawker destinations. A whirlwind of activity keeps shutterbugs busy, while tourists crowd around storefronts... ... read full review
Ocean Front Walk, between Navy Street to the north and Washington Boulevard to the south
Venice, CA 90291
24/7, though most of the retail businesses close around sunset.
Venice, Los Angeles –
A carnivalesque 1.4-mile pedestrian walkway bursting with frenetic weirdness, the Venice Boardwalk is one of LA’s prime gawker destinations.
A whirlwind of activity keeps shutterbugs busy, while tourists crowd around storefronts to peruse the cheap knickknacks, postcards, handicrafts, t-shirts, and knock-off sunglasses.
Savvier locals, on the other hand, spend their time soaking up the sun at the open-air cafés and beer gardens or making the rounds of the various tattoo parlors, smoke shops, and marijuana doctors.
Boom boxes and impromptu drum circles provide the beat for the walk itself, where bikini-clad rollerbladers glide by painted performers, cyclists enjoy their own parallel track, and joggers dodge the maze of hustlers and panhandlers.
Both sunbathers and transients set up camp on the grassy patches along the beach side of the walk or on the wide sandy beach itself, while more athletic types skateboard, spike volleyballs, shoot hoops, surf the breakers, or get a day pass to Muscle Beach to work on their massive pecs.
Abuzz with activity during the day, the area dies down around sunset when the vendors close up shop and a seedier air prevails.
Locals and tourists of all types and ages.
Street performers, musicians, street ball hoops, periodic weightlifting competitions.
Countless restaurants and cafés along the boardwalk and side streets. Jewelry dealers and artists set up shop on the grass along the boardwalk. Assorted public parking lots and street parking throughout the area.
Access to the boardwalk is free. Food prices range from modest to upscale.
Anything goes. Most people are in beachwear.
Any afternoon. Most energetic on weekends. Busiest in summer, but the crowds flock here year-round.
The best daytime drinking spots include the beer garden at On The Waterfront Café (205 Ocean Front Walk) and the outdoor patio at The Venice Whaler (10 Washington Boulevard). The swanky bar at the High Rooftop Lounge (1697 Pacific Avenue) offers one of the best sunset views in town. The lively Townhouse Bar (52 Windward Avenue) features a popular burlesque dancer show on Wednesday nights.