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VENICE CHECKLIST!  Things to do and see in the Venice, California area!

No trip to Venice is complete without visiting each of the unique neighborhoods and attractions that make up our city!  Take a look at the map  included on this brochure to find & visit each one of Venice’s amazing destinations.


1.  WALK THE VENICE BOARDWALK:  Street performers, artists, tourists locals, restaurants and bars, shops, souvenirs, and more! There is something for everyone on Venice’s world famous Oceanfront Walk.

2.  GO TO THE BEACH: Surf, swim, body board and splash around in the Pacific Ocean. Go for a deep sand run or power walk in ankle deep water. Sunbathe & relax. Keep an eye out for dolphins. Volleyball courts also available.

3.  VISIT ABBOT KINNEY BLVD.: This trendy boulevard, named for the city’s founder, is full of hip boutiques, amazing restaurants and bars, coffee shops, art galleries,and beautiful people.

4.  ENJOY ROSE AVE.: Unique restaurants, cutting edge fashion & more. 2A

5.  HANG OUT AT WASHINGTON SQUARE: Great restaurants, bars, shops, and people watching are the main activities in this neighborhood.   3H

6.  VENICE PIER: The pier starts at the end of Washington Blvd. Walk to the end for a breathtaking view, go fishing or watch the surfers!  5H

7.  HISTORIC WINDWARD AVE: Home of the Venice Sign, Venice’s oldest bar the Townhouse, Robert Graham’s Venice Torso, Venice’s famous colonnade, and murals including “Hobnobbing in Venice” and “Kinesis”. E4

8.  STROLL THE CANALS: Many of the streets in Venice were once canals. What is left is just a fraction of once abundant waterways, which were laid out by city founder Abbot Kinney to be a minature version of Venice, Italy. H2

9.  VISIT THE VENICE ART WALLS: View “self guided tour” list for more info.D5 BIKE PATH: The bike path that runs along the beach spans 17 miles, from Pacific Palisades to the Palos Verdes peninsula. No pedestrians on path!  E5

10.  GO TO THE VENICE RECREATION AND PARKS CENTER: Venice’s ocean front recreation is known the world over! From the iconic Muscle Beach Gym to the basketball courts, no trip to Venice is complete without a day in the park. Recreation & Parks office offers: handball, basketball, boxing bag rentals free with valid I.D. Paddle tennis racquet rental $5 with valid I.D., instructors also available. Courts are first come first served. Park closed: 12am-5am 1800 Oceanfront Walk . 310.399.2775 or 310.396.6764   D5


  • MUSCLE BEACH GYM: Outdoor gym with free weights, machines, power rack, powerlifting bumpers & more. Bodybuilder Hall of Fame also found here.   Open daily: 8am-7pm. $10 day pass. Weekly pass $50. Year pass: $190 F5
  • BASKETBALL COURTS: 3 regulation & 1 stadium size court. F5
  • CHILDREN’S PARK: Two play areas with swings and slides. A5 & E5
  • BOXING AREA: 6 speedbag platforms, 2 heavy bag areas. G5
  • GYMNASTIC AREA: Also know as the “sand pit” includes two rings set, high & low parallel bars, balance bar, horizontal bar, and 2 climbing ropes. G5
  • SKATEPARK: 27,000 sq. foot park. Two bowls, snake run, rails, stairs. D5
  • SKATE PLAZA: rails, mini-wave, transitions. D5
  • ROLLER SKATE PLAZA: Live D.J. and dancing every weekend. D5
  • HANDBALL COURTS: 4 three wall courts and 3 one wall courts. F5
  • PADDLE TENNIS COURTS: 11 courts. G5


11.  TAKE THE SELF GUIDED CULTURAL WALKING TOUR.  Venice’s streets are home to the work of many artists. Follow the gold stars on the map to check some of Venice’s street art, history and attractions.  Click here to view map!

  • The Venice Sign: When Venice of America opened for business and fun back in 1905, there was the Venice sign, glowingly strung across Windward Ave.In 2007 it was recreated. E4
  • Venice Torso by Robert Graham E3
  • 20’ Ceramic Sculpture by William Attaway  E5.
  • 60’ V-Sculptue by Mark di Suvero. E5
  • Ballerina Clown sculpture created in 1988 by Jonathan Borofsky. A3
  • Binocular Building A3
  • The Venice Beach House  by L.A. architect Frank Gehry.  H5
  • Visit or paint at the Venice Art Wall.  Also known as the Venice Graffiti Walls.   The Venice Art Walls are located on the sand in Venice Beach. These historic walls were originally part of the Venice Pavilion that was built in 1961. Artists with permits can paint on the walls.  E5
  • Check out the Beyond Baroque Poetry Walls:  The words of Jim Morrison of the Doors, Manazar Gamboa, Philomene Long,  Exene Cervenka of the Punk Rock band X, actor Viggo Mortensen, and others are engraved in the concrete walls of the LAPD substation and three public restrooms exterior shower walls.E5
  • Check out the Tour of Venice Murals created by the Social and Public Art Resource Center
  • Keep your eye out for these amazing Venice Murals!
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger – mural by Jonas Never F4
    • Jim Morrisson -mural by Rip Cronk F4
    • Venice Kinesis– mural by Rip Cronk E4
    • Venice Beach House– mural by Rip Cronk D5
    • Portrait of Abbot Kinney (A tribute to Venice’s founder is 50’ x 20’) – mural by Rip Cronk G4
    • A Touch of Venice mural by Jonas Never. E4
    • Endangered Species by Emily Winters C5.
    • Look out for additional street art by Chase, Isabelle Alford Lago, Jules Muck, and more.



  1. Visit High Rooftop Lounge!  Full bar atop Hotel Erwin overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Venice!  High is the premiere Venice Beach open-air rooftop lounge, where the nightly sunset is the main event.  1967 Pacific Ave. (By the Venice Sign) E4  
  2. Visit Danny’s Venice to view historical images and artifacts of Venice, the original 1906 Venice Gondola, & Rip Cronk’s “Hobnobbing in Venice” mural.  An eclectic eatery offering a mix of California cuisine and comfort food favorites.  E4
  3. Eat and drink on the Sidewalk Cafe’s outdoor patio.  This is the best place to people watch on the Venice Beach Boardwalk.  1401 Ocean Front Walk.  4D
  4. Drink at the Townhouse -Del Monte Speakeasy!  Venice’s oldest bar was once a prohibition speakeasy!  52 Windward Ave. E4
  5. Get a tattoo!  Tons of tattoo shops along the Venice Boardwalk!
  6. Buy some art.  Visit a local art gallery, the Venice Boardwalk, or attend the Venice Art Crawl (pop up events by the Venice Boardwalk)


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