The Venice Canals offer a completely different side of the famed beachfront neighborhood. Take a stroll through these three canal-lined blocks of Dell Avenue—hence the name, Venice—and you’ll discover an idyllic scene: arching pedestrian bridges, charming beach houses, bunches of ducklings and the occasional paddle boarder. Though you won’t find boat rentals anywhere along the canals, you can bring your own non-motorized vessel to tour the neighborhood at water level (enter via the launch ramp at Venice Boulevard).
Look past the T-shirt shops and street performers and you’ll find enough things to do in Venice that are downright pleasant and—dare we say—borderline charming.
For starters, you might wonder: Is Venice Beach actually worth visiting? We’d say yes, with a few caveats. Many visitors make a beeline for the grungy Venice Boardwalk, an admittedly iconic L.A. attraction, but a kind of disappointing one. There’s so much more to see beyond the boardwalk, from idyllic canals to destination-worthy Venice restaurants to patches of sand that rank among L.A.’s best beaches—and for all those reasons we’d say the beachside neighborhood is ultimately worth your time.
Whether you’re visiting from out of state or just across town (which thanks to L.A. traffic can feel like you’ve crossed state lines), these are the things to do in Venice that we recommend adding to your itinerary.
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