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Do you love visiting the Los Angeles area in California, but would like to do something new in LA? Venice Beach is a place you must check out at least once in your lifetime! This past year, my son graduated from USC with his Batchelor’s degree, and we were so excited to celebrate with him. A few of our family members were coming and we wanted to be able to stay together, so we rented a house in the Venice Canal Historic District.

When renting airbnb or VRBO, we have found that it’s worth it to find a really unique and fun place. Venice Beach is about 30-40 minutes of driving from downtown LA and only 7-8 miles from LAX. Having our own space to hang out and make memories together was wonderful!

We got a place right along the water front of the canals. Along the canals, there are so many unique houses to daydream about. Here are a few of my photos from our many walks along the canals!

Do looking at these photos make you feel like you’re in Venice, Italy? The developer that designed these canals over 100 years ago wanted to bring a bit of Italy to Southern California. Back in the day, this was the ultimate place to visit. There were imported gondolas and gondoliers from Italy, amusement parks, foreign exhibits, a miniature steam railroad, and more. It’s not like that today, but still such an interesting place to visit.

The area covered by canals used to be three or four times the size of what it is now. The former canals have been filled with cement, but there are still four main canals. There are sidewalks and great pedestrian bridges all throughout the canals, which make it a perfect place to explore.


I always love a good beach day! Venice Beach is pretty unique. It is a huge area with many public outdoor amenities. There are skateboard parks, weight lifting stations, tennis courts, racket ball courts, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, bike trails, and more. If you like spending time outside, this is the perfect place for you!

Another exciting part of Venice is Muscle Beach. Muscle Beach is a popular place for bodybuilders, including Arnold Schwarzenegger at the peak of his bodybuilding career. At Muscle Beach, you’ll find a large facility with weight lifting equipment, as well as exercise stations outside for public use. A large fitness competition is held here each year. While we were there, there was a crossfit competition. Some of you may want to participate, but I think it’s more fun to be a spectator.


Here’s the view of the road between Venice Beach and Santa Monica. I would say that Santa Monica certainly feels a bit higher-class but Venice is a fun place to visit at least once.

If you’re an avid cyclist and are looking for some good urban pathways, be sure to come here! As you can see, there is plenty of room for pedestrian and bike traffic. This would also be a great place to rollerblade

My hubby and I had a great time on our bike ride! It was so nice to be out and about, and even better to enjoy the beautiful scenery together. The bike paths made it so easy!