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Venice canals

The origins of Venice California. A beautiful a relaxing hidden gem by the beach.

TravelCurious Tip

The Venice Canal Historic District is a district in the Venice section of Los Angeles, California. The district is noteworthy for its man-made canals built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his Venice of America plan. Kinney sought to recreate the appearance and feel of Venice, Italy, in Southern California.

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.
Abbot Kinney
Just minutes from Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a mile long strip of the latest fashion, art and food.
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.
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.
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 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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