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California Meets Italy in Los Angeles: Venice Canals

(LA Trend) — While not as well-known as many other tourist spots in LA, the Venice Canal Historic District is a charming little spot that’s worth a stop for anyone looking to explore the hidden gems that only the City of Angels could offer.

Located between the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk and the hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the man-made Venice Canals are a series of small canals that run throughout the beachfront neighborhood. This spot is perfect for those looking for a relaxing stroll with an abundance of unique views not seen anywhere else in LA. With arching pedestrian bridges, elegant beachside houses, and plenty of ducklings cruising through the waters, there’s no shortage of charming sights for casual wayfarers. And with the large number of bridges, there are plenty of opportunities for excellent photography.

Although boat rentals are not offered on these canals, visitors are allowed to bring their own non-motorized vessel to tour the neighborhood on the water, and they can enter the canals via the launch ramp located at Venice Boulevard.

Built in 1905 by famed developer, conservationist, and water supply expert Abbot Kinney as part of his “Venice of America” development project, the Venice Canals were designed to recreate the appearance and feel of Venice, Italy in coastal Los Angeles County.

If you want to avoid the bohemian side of Venice Beach but don’t want to spend any money, strolling through the Venice Canal Historic District is the perfect way to spend an afternoon outdoors.

To get to the Venice Canals, park in the lot at the end of Venice Boulevard and walk south on the boardwalk to 25th Avenue where you’ll see a sign for the canals, along with a walkway that leads you directly to the area.

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Joe Garza is an LA-based writer and musician. With a deep passion for the arts, his interests include screenwriting, reading, composing, and playing guitar and piano.

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