Venice is the #1 tourist destination in California and has one of the top ten boardwalks in the US as it offers an unforgettable cultural experience with great photo ops! From famous Muscle Beach, Dogtown's Skate Park, basketball court, bike paths, Graffiti Walls, murals, famous movie locations and studios, historic landmarks, exciting street performers-chain-saw jugglers, fire-breathers, break-dancers, roller skaters, Rastafarian drummers, guys walking on glass and surfers. From funky and bohemian to trendy and posh-there’s definitely never a dull moment here as the shops, restaurants, bars and art galleries of Abbot Kinney are nearby-aptly named the hippest street in America by GQ Magazine. Generations of my family are from Santa Monica where I grew up hearing stories from old-timers-but I've always preferred the quirky characters of nearby Venice beach. I love to share my knowledge of the area from hidden gems like the beautiful gardens alongside the Venice canals and walk streets to the secret speak-easies, brothels, and local legends such as Charlie Chaplin, Jim Morrison, Arnold Schwarzennegger and Marilyn Monroe. Drinks at the end of the tour is an option if you are over 21
My family grew up in nearby Santa Monica and I love to share the local lore, legends and landmarks. I work out at muscle beach, have done stand-up comedy, studied film and love to point out all of the local movie locations, famous celebrity homes and haunts. I come from a family of artists, worked in local galleries and love to point out hidden murals. I’ve led tours for a decade including the Venice Art Crawl and as VP for the Venice Historical Society with clients that have included Google and LA city council members. Let me show you the best photo opportunities at the beach in Los Angeles!
A map of Venice with local businesses, restaurants, etc.
I usually meet guests by the historic Venice sign on Windward Avenue. This is the hubbub of Venice-much like it was over 100 years ago when this was part of the Venice Lagoon and canals leading to the famous pleasure and amusement pier and boardwalk. It's close to Muscle Beach, the skate park which was once the rollerskating capital of the world, the basketball park where many movies have been filmed, the picturesque canals and Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Walking Photo Tour of Venice Beach