Venice, California’s founder Abbot Kinney

Want to know about Abbot Kinney and Venice history?

Check out the tours, articles, videos, and websites below.

Did you know that Venice, California’s founder Abbot Kinney birthday is on November 16th?  Save the date November 16, 2019 for the 1st Annual Abbot Kinney Day!   If you want to be part of the planning committee, contact Alex directly at [email protected].

Take Detour’s audio walking tour “Venice: Abbot Kinney’s Impossible Dream.”    

Discover how Venice was created — and almost destroyed — and meet the spirit of town-founder Abbot Kinney. When Abbot Kinney bought land on the Southern California coast over 100 years ago, it was nothing but a swampy marsh. But Kinney was a world traveler and had a wild vision — to transform this acreage into his very own “Venice of America.”

Thank You to Our Partners