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Venice, the famous funky beach town, bares its colorful, eclectic soul for all to see.

Stroll along the pedestrian path or take the designated skate/bike paths along the oceanfront to experience Venice’s street performers, artists, muscle men, vendors and bizarre characters who create an atmosphere like no other.

Munch on a hot dog, pick up a souvenir, build a sand castle or go for a dip in the Pacific. Lunch anyone? Washington Boulevard has some great coffee shops, bars and restaurants.

Murals and unusual architecture are scattered throughout Venice. Ask any local where to find the gigantic mural of Jim Morrison from the Doors, the Binocular sculpture and the controversial “Ballerina Clown” building front.

The canals were opened in 1905. In the 1960s, they were home to artists, musicians and beatniks. The ‘70s residents enjoyed more of a party atmosphere, particularly during the Linnie Canal Downwind Boat Races. In the ‘90s, L.A. refurbished the canals, hip gave way to affluence, and a peaceful residential community was born. For a peaceful day’s end, take a walk along the canals.

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marko Aug. 17, 2009 @ 8:51 a.m.

having lived in both santa monica and venice, this is clearly the worst description of venice i have ever read. obviously the writer has never been there.

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Josh Board Aug. 17, 2009 @ 9:46 a.m.

From the few times I've been there, this description works for me. I'd love to hear yours though, Marko.

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 17, 2009 @ 11:29 a.m.

Venice is pretty cool.....they have a bad homeless problem a bad RV parking problem.

The Venice Boardwalk is by far the most popular in Los Angelkes county-ask anyone who has seen the chainsaw juggler or skateboard grandma. Or that guy who used to do the robot back the 80's.

The canals from the early 1900's are mostly gone, filled in back in the 40's and 50's, but the ones that are left are really cool, nice stroll down.

Lots of movies get filmed in Venice-who remembers "Roller Boogie" with Linda Blair???? In the late 70's when that show came out roller skates were the fad in Venice and everyone was skating.

Venice High was where "Grease" was filmed. "Point of No Return" with Bridget Fonda was also filmed in Venice, as have numerous music videos (Y&T's "Summertime Girls" was always my favorite).

I love Venice, but it is certainly not the place it was 20 or more years ago. No more $150 a month apartments near the beach.

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