Connect with us

Travel

Highlights Of Venice Beach

Venice Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles just south of Santa Monica, was created in the early 20th century by a developer named Abbot Kinney, who wanted to create a centre of culture along the lines of the original. To this end he began work on a small canal system, and imported some gondolas from Italy. It didn’t end up quite the way he imagined, but still has become one of America’s most well-known holiday destinations. The area’s most popular street was given Kinney’s name as a mark of respect, and that name-change served as the impetus for its regeneration from a run-down area into one of Venice Beach’s most vibrant spots, now lined with art galleries, swanky restaurants, bars and high-end boutiques.

The town became a counter-cultural hangout in the 50s, when the Beat Generation made it their home, and also during the 60s when the Doors would live and perform here. Legendary B-movie director Roger Corman had some of his film production facilities here, and the Zephyr team developed aerial skateboarding in the disused swimming-pools of nearby Santa Monica, revolutionising the sport in the process. Quite an eventful history all-told, and no doubt the reason Venice Beach keeps packing in the tourists.

What to do when visiting? Here are some highlights you’d be mad to miss:

Highlights Of Venice Beach

Street Art – LA Style

Murals 

Venice Beach is one of the biggest hotspots for street art in the United States. Dozens of murals by artists such as Rip Kronk adorn the buildings in every neighbourhood, and make for fantastic photo opportunities. A conservation society has been set up to look after them, such is their reputation and draw for tourists. The most popular include one of a bare-chested Jim Morrison, and recently A Touch of Venice Beach, inspired by Orson Welles’ classic film A Touch of Evil starring Charlton Heston, most of which was filmed here.

Canal System 

Unfortunately just as Kinney was finishing his epic canal project, the era of the automobile dawned and now redundant, many of the waterways were filled in during the 20s to become roads. However 6 of them remain, and were recently restored. There is a fantastic community along the shores, and the best time to visit here is definitely during the summer when the trees are in full bloom and the whole place takes on a serenely beautiful aura. Explore the renowned architecture of some of California’s finest homes here, or take an enjoyable ride in a gondola.

Muscle Beach 

In the 1930s the council provided some basic acrobatic and weight-lifting equipment to the beach-users. The area known as Muscle Beach became a massively popular hang-out for keep-fit fanatics and show-offs. it has since been moved to a slightly different place, but retains its reputation. Body-builders and athletes meet here regularly to pump iron and stay flexible. Among the famous who have worked-out here among the spectators are Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Trejo. If you don’t mind the crowds then it’s a great place for a spot of morning exercise.

Drum Circle 

The drum circle has been going for several decades, beginning as an impromptu thing but now much more organised. Hundreds of participants, usually talented amateurs, gather every Sunday evening around sundown, near the skatepark. Get involved, or just settle down at a distance with a jug of wine to get into the Californian beach vibe.

Boardwalk –

Traipsing Venice Beach’s boardwalk is a must-do really. Lined with stalls selling everything under the sun, street performers, snack-joints and bars serving alcohol and juice, it’s the ultimate in LA people-watching exercises.

Companies such as Trek America will get you there, click for more information on their various tours that cross through the Californian area.

Recent Posts

Business2 days ago

Why Is Quantity Surveying Essential in Construction Industry

Quantity surveying is an essential part of the Australian construction industry. It is the process of calculating and estimating the...

Home Improvement4 days ago

How to Maintain Upholstered Furniture

No matter if you have pets or kids, maintaining your upholstered furniture is quite a challenge. Even though vacuuming it...

Business1 week ago

How Do I Find a Good Bubble.io Developer?

Finding a good bubble developer to help build your app or digital product can seem challenging. How can you choose...

Home Improvement2 weeks ago

When is a right time for home repairs?

Summer is a popular time for a renovation around the globe. While it is true that bright days and warm...

Top Alteryx Competitors Top Alteryx Competitors
Tech3 weeks ago

Top 15 Alteryx Competitors

The world has seen a tremendous rise in startups and new incorporations in the business world. Companies have great potential...

Lifestyle1 month ago

Latest Wedding Trends for 2023

If you’re planning on getting married this year, chances are you’re probably overwhelmed and confused when it comes to wedding...

Lifestyle1 month ago

Tips To Make The Most Of Your City Break In London!

London is one of the best cities in the world, known for its quintessentially British culture, great nightlife, fantastic museums...

General1 month ago

The Ultimate Guide To Packing For A Trip To London

London is one of the best cities in the world, known for it’s rich history, quintessentially British culture, the best...

Tech2 months ago

Top 15 Web Development IDEs

The web development field has seen sustainable growth throughout the years. As technology is advancing, so is the web development...

devops devops
Tech2 months ago

12 Key DevOps Programming Languages to Still Popular in 2022

“DevOps is not a goal, but a never-ending process of continual improvement.” – Jez Humble Delivering the finest of services...

Entertainment2 months ago

Festival Fashion Style Tips For 2022

Summer is well and truly here and with that comes the festival season! From the biggest stars performing on stage...

Green & Energy2 months ago

4 Tips For Making Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

Everyone is trying to make more of an effort to make their wardrobe more sustainable, but often are unsure where...

General3 months ago

7 tips on how to organize a budget-friendly move

If you are planning a move any time soon, you might be worried about all the expenses that wait for...

Metal Roof Colors Metal Roof Colors
Home Improvement3 months ago

Metal Roof Colors: How to Select the Best Color for a New Roof

Choosing the right type of material for your roof is enough of a hassle already that the question of choosing...

Health3 months ago

Simple Ways To Feel More Confident At The Gym

If you are new to the gym, or you haven’t been in a while, sometimes you might not feel completely...

Categories

Archives

Trending