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. Many visitors make a beeline for the grungy Venice Boardwalk, admittedly an iconic L.A. attraction. But there’s so much more to see beyond the boardwalk, from idyllic canals to quiet patches of sand that rank among L.A.’s best beaches. Whether you’re visiting from out of state or just across town, make sure to add these things to do in Venice to your itinerary.
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As places in L.A. begin to reopen, we’ve noted below what’s still closed. Things can change quickly, so we suggest checking in with individual locations first.