More info: Venice Beach is the main beach in the Venice District of Los Angeles. It stretches from the Venice Pier up to the north end of the Venice District at the city border with Santa Monica. The central hub of Venice Beach is at an area known as Muscle Beach.
The Venice Beach community was born in 1905, developed by eccentric millionaire Abbot Kinney, who modelled the town after his favourite Italian city, complete with piazzas and canals and imported gondolas. Today Venice Beach is most famous for the quirky goings-on along its iconic beachfront boardwalk, filled with street entertainers, vendors and local characters and happenings. The Venice Beach Boardwalk stretches for a mile on the paved Ocean Front Walk, but the busiest part goes from North Venice Boulevard to Park Avenue.
Venice Beach is the 2nd-largest tourist attraction in Southern California after Disneyland.