Take in an endless parade of colorful bohemia at one of the best people-watching sites in the country.
Since its founding in 1905, Venice has cycled through multiple incarnations. It started as an American replica of the Italian city of the same name (complete with miles of canals and imported gondolas). After that it was known as a beachside resort town and the “Coney Island of the Pacific,” with an amusement pier, miniature railroad and high-flying aerial-trick-performing aviators. Visitors still stroll along some of the renovated historical canals, but it’s hard to beat Venice Beach and the two-mile Ocean Front Walk (also known as the Boardwalk) for their dizzying array of sensory delights and curiosities. From the gladiator types pumping iron at Muscle Beach to the artists hawking their wares to the street performers displaying their talents, the Boardwalk is a psychedelic swirl of humanity, entertainment, commerce and creativity.
- A few blocks from Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney Boulevard is an impossibly cool stretch of boutiques, galleries and eateries, populated by breezily beautiful people who look as if they stepped right out of a fashion spread.
- A long-established but perennially cool Venice hot spot, CHAYA Venice is just a few steps off the Boardwalk and offers upscale casual Japanese fare, a cool bar scene and top-notch sushi.
- A jaw-dropping example of the bohemian flair for which Venice is famous, the Mosaic Tile House is covered almost entirely in colorful, ornate tile. Full tours are available on weekends by appointment, but even a drive-by viewing is sure to be memorable.
If You Go
1800 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291
Beach area is open 5 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
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Where to stay
Radisson Suites Hotel Anaheim – Buena Park is the perfect getaway location for your family to explore the Anaheim area. The property is less than one mile from both the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, and also offers complimentary shuttles to the nearby Disneyland Resort.
Radisson Hotel Chatsworth’s pristine location provides you with easy access to the best of Southern California, while also being just outside of the big-city bustle. The hotel offers a secluded courtyard, fitness center, outdoor pool, Caprese Restaurant and Lounge, 24-hour business center, and free parking.
Offering views of Disneyland Park’s spectacular fireworks show from the comfort of our outdoor heated pool, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Anaheim CA is an unbeatable location for your trip to the park. The hotel is also only five minutes from Angel Stadium, across the street from the GardenWalk, and close to the Anaheim Convention Center & Arena.
Located only 11 miles from Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Resort, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson John Wayne Airport, CA is a prime location for any family looking to visit the resorts. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to John Wayne Airport, outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, business center, and free hot breakfast.