The Venice Beach Boardwalk is a one-mile street market and free speech zone on the paved two-mile Ocean Front Walk on Venice Beach. The busiest stretch is from North Venice Boulevard at the south end to about Park Avenue at the north end, The east-side (inland) permanent buildings, which house shops, restaurants, snack bars, hostels, hotels and residences, and private property. Everything else from the concrete boardwalk to the ocean is a Los Angeles city park, which also includes all the facilities of the outdoor Venice Beach Recreation Center.
Like the rest of the city, the Venice Boardwalk has changed tremendously since its glory days as a retreat for artists, hippies, and counterculture movements in the 1960s and ‘70s. There was even a moment where we sincerely worried that we’d lose the iconic two-mile-stretch to Silicon Beach start-ups. Yet even as the neighborhood has contended with decades-long gentrification and an ongoing homelessness crisis, the Boardwalk has retained its edge, still attracting LA’s weird and wacky to its shores.
The Venice Beach Boardwalk tops the list of things to do in Venice, California, a beachfront neighborhood of Los Angeles. It’s also one of the top things to do in Los Angeles overall, and a great beach to have fun at in general.
The iconic suspended “Venice” sign marks the entrance to the Venice Beach Boardwalk at Windward Avenue, one of the most recognizable sections of the area. If you only have limited time, this is a good place to start because you can see most of the key attractions within two blocks north and south of this point.