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Muscle Beach

Alleged to be the home of the American fitness boom, the movement began in the 1930s. Since then Muscle Beach has become a 'must-see' on an LA trip.

TravelCurious Tip

Muscle Beach Venice was officially titled in 1987 by the City of Los Angeles with the distinguishing name 'Venice' added to the location to honor the original Santa Monica site.

Nearby Attractions

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Venice Beach
There is never a dull moment. From the boardwalk to Muscle Beach, there's excitement at every turn.
Venice canals
The origins of Venice California. A beautiful a relaxing hidden gem by the beach.
Menotti's Coffee Stop
Capturing what travellers consider quintessential vibes of old and new Venice, it's a must-stop for anyone needing a buzzy pick-me-up.
Venice Beach Boardwalk
The promenade is at the heart of the beach for all travellers - with restaurants, hundreds of shops - both pop-up and permanent, and locals who encapsulate the clashing nature of Venice Beach.
Venice Skatepark
Venice Beach is known not just for its muscly people and surfers, but also its' skaters who flock to the skatepark at all hours of the day to show off and try new tricks.
Salt & Straw
An ice cream company that's so much more than scooping delicious flavors - it's part of the movement of stakeholder driven, sustainable businesses and fits in at home in Venice.

Related Tours

Private Driving Full Day Tour of L.A.
The City of Angels enjoys a stunning location: set within a broad basin, backdropped by vast mountain ranges, dark-green forests, desert sands and the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Coast. The "City of Angels" flourished into a world-famous entertainment industry throughout the twentieth century, as people and businesses alike moved to the city to be a part of the magic - and Hollywood was born.  

This tour will show you everything LA has to offer, as you explore not only the famous entertainment district of Hollywood, but the luxurious neighborhood of Beverly Hills, the natural beauty of Griffith Park, and the bohemian vibes of Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier.

  • Enjoy skyscraper views at the Griffith Observatory 
  • Venture down to Hollywood Boulevard, stroll along the Walk of Fame, passing both the Dolby Theatre and TCL Chinese Theatre 
  • Snap pictures of the iconic Hollywood sign 
  • Continue along Sunset Strip, and walk by the Viper Room and Chateau Marmont 
  • Refuel yourself at La Brea Farmers Market 
  • Cruise through the highlights of Beverly Hills, such as The Playboy Mansion and Rodeo Drive- the best place in LA to see and be seen. 
  • Unwind at the Santa Monica Pier amusement park 
  • Conclude your tour relaxing at Venice Beach and Muscle Beach as the sun sets over the Pacific 
Your adventure begins with a bird's eye view of a city that has been described as 500 miles wide and one mile deep. Should you fancy, pop into the Griffith Observatory (please note the observatory is closed on Mondays).

Next venture down to  Hollywood Boulevard, where the Walk of Fame, the Dolby Theater and of course the beautiful TCL Chinese Theater await you. The concrete blocks in the famous forecourt bear the hand and footprints of movie legends. Find the prints of your favorite star, and then ask your guide to snap a shot of you with the iconic 'Hollywood' sign in the hills behind you. Then meander down the Sunset Strip where you happen past iconic places like the Viper Room and Chateau Marmont. 

Enjoy your lunch (food not included in price) stop at The Grove & Farmers’ Market, an LA institution where more than 100 produce stalls and restaurants cater for every conceivable foodie whim, from nutritious Californian superfood salads to gourmet burgers, man-sized steaks and fajitas. 

In this luxury district, you will see famous locations including the Greystone Mansion and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel,  where the classic ‘Pretty Woman’ was filmed.  You may even have the chance to grab a quick glance of the Playboy Mansion, Rodeo Drive, and the famous palm-tree lined streets.

A trip to the Californian coast will give you time to unwind before our final stop. Enjoy some rides at the Santa Monica Pier amusement park and then soak up the bohemian vibes of Venice Beach. There’s never a dull moment on the boardwalk, where you’ll see the colorful locals and the famous Muscle Beach.
Private Walking Tour of Venice Beach
A day in Venice Beach sounds like the perfect way to spend a day, but its' complexity of culture and dizzying streets can leave one feeling lost. The best way to relax in all the neighborhood has to offer is through a private tour with a local. On your private walking tour of Venice Beach, you will:

·      Meet your guide at Menotti’s Coffee Stop, a classic coffee shop with an old-school vibe. 
·      Immerse yourself in the laid-back beach culture of Venice, as you walk the quiet streets along the Venice Canals.
·      Visit the famous Muscle Beach, with its exhibitionists, souvenir stands and buskers.
·      Experience the bustle of the Venice Beach Boardwalk, with its eclectic mix of surf shops, galleries and eateries.
·      Marvel at agile skaters with a visit to the Venice Skate Park.
·      Gain insight into LA’s gentrification, and the neighborhood revival of Venice Beach.
·      Explore Venice’s bustling main street, Abbot Kinney, dubbed “The Coolest Block in America.”
·      Finish the tour at Salt & Straw, a fabulous ice cream shop known for their unique gourmet flavors.

Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis – each neighborhood has its own unique culture, with residents coming from the four corners of the globe, making it a true world-class destination. Venice has a healthy mix of old and new; the quintessential feel of both classic LA and ultra-modern sensibilities. Get an insider’s look into one of America’s iconic beach neighborhoods. 

Your private tour will capture the melting pot that is Venice and discover that the history of this place is as fascinating as the people-watching. There is an ‘ethical business’ feel that resides here in Venice, where even the upscale has maintained the laid-back Californian vibe. A refreshing beverage is included along the route – you and your guide will decide when and where you want to stop and indulge. Your tour finishes at Salt & Straw, where your guide will leave you to enjoy the best ice cream on the West Coast.
Private Biking Tour from Santa Monica to Venice Boardwalk
While Los Angeles may be synonymous with car culture, one of the best ways to experience the city is on two wheels. Explore the oceanfront on a bike path and take it all in as the wind whips gently around you, with the sun at your back. Along the way, you will have ample opportunity to lock your bike, grab a bite to eat, and explore some of this gorgeous area of L.A. on foot. On your private, 5-hour biking tour, you will:

  • Meet your guide at Joy Ride Bike Rentals to be fitted with your bike for the tour, near the original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica.
  • Ride to the iconic Santa Monica Pier, where you will stop for a break and photo ops.
  • Continue riding along the beach and take in the amazing views.
  • Stop at the Venice Canals, where you will leave your bike for a short walking tour of the canals.
  • Ride to the giant public art “declaration,” and park your bike once again to explore the Venice Boardwalk.
  • Enjoy the boardwalk on foot, with its street performers, body builders, great shops and eateries, and all of the eclectic, colorful chaos that makes the boardwalk one of the world’s top tourist attractions.
  •  Explore the Venice Public Art Walls, either by bike or on foot.
  •  End the tour by returning the bike to Joy Ride Bike Rentals.
You will have the opportunity to eat at either the affordable Baja Cantina or other food stops along Washington Blvd, and walk the Venice canals (bikes are not allowed on the canals.) The canals make up six waterways forming a grid, with three residential islands among them, taking you past gorgeous L.A. architecture. Explore L.A.’s famous beaches the way they were meant to be seen! This is a family-friendly way to see the highlights of Santa Monica and Venice. It is an easy 6-mile, round trip tour on flat, paved bike paths and boardwalks.

Please note: we recommended wearing close-toed shoes, and dressing in layers. 
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