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The beach is my happy place. So when I had a free day on a recent trip to Los Angeles, I knew exactly where I was headed.
While I usually visit nearby Santa Monica, I decided to expand my horizons and head a little further south to Venice Beach. One of the most popular California beaches, Venice Beach is home to breathtaking scenery, a random assortment of people, and a quintessential, laid back SoCal vibe. To take full advantage of your time, here are the top 5 things to do in Venice Beach, California.
Visit the Graffiti Wall
Venice Beach is famous for Venice Boulevard. The Boulevard is full of shops, street performers, and artists. My favorite part of Venice Boulevard is the graffiti wall. Just off the sidewalk, surrounded by glorious sand and palm trees, the graffiti wall is a living piece of art. Graffiti artists continuously pain over it, creating new, vibrant, colorful additions to the sandy shore.
Watch the Skateboarders
Right next to the graffiti wall is the skate park. Amateur and professional skaters ride through the park, amusing passerbys with their different antics. While some of them are just starting out, a few of them have some serious tricks up their sleeves.
Work Out at Muscle Beach
Arnold Schwarzenegger is responsible for making this part of Venice Beach famous. Muscle Beach is a simple, outdoor gym, full of different equipment geared towards body builders. If you’re not interested in working out, you can definitely give your eyes a show watching these amazingly buff humans.
Wander Around the Canals
Part of the charm of Venice Beach is not located at the actual beach. Just a few short blocks away, you can slip into a neighborhood modeled after the canals in Venice Italy. The houses and landscaping are simply beautiful (I could have explored the gardens all day long) and it’s fun to walk along the water and over the bridges. You feel transported to a whole different place.
Enjoy the Beach
No trip to Venice Beach would be complete without a walk along the sand. It gets super crowded in the summer, so make sure you stake your place early if you want to sunbathe. Otherwise, there’s nothing quite like taking a leisurely stroll along the water with this as your backdrop.
And that’s why I call it my happy place.
Have you been to Venice Beach? What were some of your favorite things to do? Share them in the comments below.