Walk the (Board) Walk
Few boardwalks are quite like this. Stroll through Venice Beach Boardwalk and you'll spot an eclectic cocktail of street performers, from mimes to musicians to contortionists—with a few break dancers thrown in for good measure. It's a great place to people watch. Are the visual arts more your thing? Then make sure to stop by Venice Art Walls (1800 Ocean Front Walk). If you're lucky, you can even catch a graffiti artist in action.
Flex Your Muscles (Or Just Be a Voyeur)
Welcome to a bodybuilding mecca, en plein air. Muscle Beach is densely concentrated with fitness centers, including the world-famous Gold's Gym—which counts Conan the Barbarian himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as an alum—and the outdoor weight room of Muscle Beach Gym. In fact, the towering concrete sculpture in the background of one of our Spring 2019 campaign shots—you know, the one with the flexing muscle men—is an abstracted take on the barbell, and a landmark of the area.
Sightsee on Wheels (No Gas Necessary)
Calling all skateboarders, rollerbladers and bikers! Venice is your kind of city. You can soak up the sights—from the canals (yes, this Venice has canals too) to the boardwalk and the path to the pier—alongside locals who are gliding by on their own two-, four- and eight-wheelers. Don't forget to hit up Abbot Kinney Boulevard, named after the man who founded and developed Venice—it's chockablock with buzzy shops and eateries. GQ magazine once dubbed it "The Coolest Block in America."
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Venice Beach is a thumb-stopping selfie paradise. You've got Venice Beach Skate Park, the rainbow-colored Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower, the countless mesmerizing murals throughout the city... not to mention every spot that has ranked on this list thus far. One destination that's a bit hidden away—but no less a kaleidoscopic spectacle—is the Mosaic Tile Museum, where practically every surface is delightfully covered in colorful tiles, not unlike Barcelona's renowned Park Güell by Gaudi.