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Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District)
Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District)

Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District)

Venice, Los Angeles, CA

The Basics

Most LA visitors will have heard of Venice Beach, but far fewer will be aware of the tranquil Venice Canal District. First constructed over 100 years ago and renovated in the 1990s, its canals look like Europe at a squint: think picturesque bridges, aquamarine water, and leafy walkways. Founded by local tobacco magnate Abbot Kinney as a resort town, the area is now a locals-frequented oasis where you can escape from the urban bustle.

For a speedy way to explore the Venice Canals and Venice Beach, book a bike tour to zip through the city in style. Alternatively, the area is easy for independent travelers to explore on foot.

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Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
Small Group Electric Bicycle Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach
$79.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
GREAT EXPERIENCE!
MOLLY was an excellent guide - hard to replicate this experience- bike riding along the ocean, sightseeing, beauty, sprinkled w/ information about the history of the area. Definitely recommend ! The electric bike is an awesome way to travel too!
DAVID_P, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Los Angeles

star-5
Unique unmatched experience
James_H, Jun 2021
Private Tour on Historic Venice Canals
The view of the houses from the water is an entirely much better view than walking around the canals. Totally worth it to have them set you up in the canoe or kayak, as they have it completely dialed in for a smooth entry.
star-5
Beautiful date with my husband
Towanda_C, Jun 2021
Private Tour on Historic Venice Canals
The beauty of the home and the canal. Daniel was an excellent guide. His knowledge and sincerity captured the heart of the community. We loved our time on the canal. I totally recommend this tour. Be prepared to paddle your own canoe. I wasn’t. Lol
star-5
AMAZING
Austin_K, Apr 2021
Private Tour on Historic Venice Canals
awesome experience!! Tour guide was very polite and great conversation! Super friendly! 10/10 would definitely recommend!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Boat rentals aren’t offered on site, though you can bring a non-motorized vessel.
  • The Venice Canals are free for all to visit.
  • The canals that make up the Venice Canal District have changed over the years; today, there are six: Grand, Sherman, Carroll, Howland, Linnie, and Eastern.
  • Following their renovation, the canals are now home to various water birds, and occasionally attract seals.
  • Every year, the Venice Canals host a rubber-ducky race and regatta to celebrate the Fourth of July.
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How to Get There

The Venice Canals, located close to Venice Beach, are served by numerous bus lines. They can also be reached via taxi, Lyft, Uber, or other rideshare service, as well as by bicycle. Upon arrival, it’s best to explore by foot (or by boat).

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

The Venice Canals are always accessible, though are at their best during the day. If you wish to bring your own kayak or other boat, note that the boat launch ramp at Venice Boulevard is open from 9am–6pm daily.

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Wildcard

Abbot Kinney Boulevard After you’ve wandered along the pretty canals, continue your explorations along nearby Abbot Kinney Boulevard, considered one of the hippest streets in the City of Angels. Here you’ll find heavily hyped restaurants like Gjelina, trendy homeware and concept stores, markets like Artists & Fleas, and other hipster-frequented hotspots.

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