In the late 1800s, a developer named Abbot Kinney set out to turn the Del Rey peninsula into a bustling resort area in likeness of Venice, Italy. By the early 1900s, this fantasyland featured such attractions as a miniature railroad and manmade canals with gondolas. Since then Venice has continued to serve as a place of amusement, although the '60s changed the tone a bit. The Venice boardwalk is now lined with outrageous street performers, funky clothing shops blaring trance music, and a gigantic mural of Jim Morrison. Venice's Muscle Beach and seaside skateboard park are now urban legendary. The Abbot Kinney area of Venice is more subdued and upscale, with galleries, gastropubs and boutique shopping. The remaining canals and bridges are some of LA's most picturesque hidden gems.
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Getting Around Los Angeles
The best way to get around Los Angeles is by car. There is an excellent public transportation system available as an alternative, but generally L.A. is best covered by car. No one walks in L.A., except on the beach.
Nearby Airports
  • Los Angeles International Airport-LAX
  • Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) LA/Ontario International Airport-ONT
  • John Wayne Airport-SNA
Airport Taxis
  • $60 LAX to Downtown
Things to Do and See Near Venice