Here are some of the most common questions and answers on Venice, CA.
The most interesting and popular sight in Venice Beach is the beach, but it’s not the surf and sand that take center stage here. It’s the lively sidewalk scene. Venice Beach is a place where you’ll find artists, palm readers and bikini-clad roller skaters mixing with chanting, saffron-clad Hare Krishnas and wriggling belly dancers. The most interesting and popular sight in Venice Beach is the beach, but it’s not the surf and sand that take center stage here. It’s the lively sidewalk scene. Venice Beach is a place where you’ll find artists, palm readers and bikini-clad rollerskaters mixing with chanting, saffron-clad Hare Krishnas and wriggling belly dancers.
What should I see when I visit Venice Beach?
It’s really more of a sidewalk than a “board” walk, but a walk down it is the best way to explore the waterfront scene. You’ll pass street performers, skaters, artists, gawkers and vendors selling all kinds of items from incense to sarongs.
This is the place where Arnold Schwarzenegger and hosts of other body-builders have “bulked up” in the outdoor weight room. If you’d like to have your day in the sun, you can buy a day pass at the office.
A few blocks remain out of some 16 miles of manmade waterways that once graced Venice-of-America, founded in 1905 by local developer Abbot Kinney. You can walk along them in the area bordered by Washington, South Venice Blvd., Pacific Ave. and Ocean Ave.Venice Beach Graffiti Walls: The graffiti artists who gain permits to paint here exhibit a high quality of artistic flair. They’re busy at work on selected weekends.
Abbot Kinney Blvd:
The travel writing press has been touting Abbot Kinney as the newest hip spot for years, but it’s just now starting to live up to the hype. It’s a few blocks away from the waterfront, but worth a stop for nicer restaurants than you’ll find at the beach and for a browse in some of the funky boutique shops selling clothing, home decor items and other fun stuff.
What should I know when I visit?
If you photograph them street performers, it’s polite to tip them a little.
Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom is famous for its hot dogs and makes a good place to grab a bite to eat.
Walk south of Venice Blvd. to get to the pier and see the quieter side of Venice life and the beachfront lifestyle.
How do I get there and where do I park?
Getting to Venice Beach is quite simple. Take the 405 Freeway from either direction to Venice Boulevard. Exit West and drive until you reach sand. Parking is available at the end of Venice Boulevard right on the beach. Daily rates range from $3 to $10 depending upon the time of year. There is parking available between North and South Venice Boulevard West of Lincoln Boulevard. These lots are within walking distance, and free shuttle service is available.
There are also several private parking lots near the beach near Windward. These private lots can cost as much as 25 per day. Parking on the beach fills up quickly, so start your day early. On weekends additional parking is available at Westminster Elementary School. Enter on Main Street and park for only $5. This is an excellent place to park if you are going to the beach, or shopping on antique shopping on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Additional Abbot Kinney parking may be found in several lots along Electric Avenue – one street East of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Washington Boulevard, South of Venice Boulevard has beach parking were Washington meets the beach at the Venice Pier near Marina del Rey. Additional parking is available in Marina del Rey. Free shuttles are available at many lots during the summer months.