|The canals of Venice Beach (courtesy, Wilderness Press)|
Boundaries: Abbot Kinney Blvd., Pacific Ave., Washington Blvd.
Thomas Guide Coordinates: Map 671; H6
Distance: Approx. 2 miles
Parking: Free street parking is available on Ocean Ave.
Venice Beach is probably the most distinctive beach town in all of Southern California, made all the more unique by its charming canals, which were built by Abbot Kinney in 1904 as an homage to the city's forebear in Italy. Here you'll find none of the snootiness that you might encounter in Malibu or Palos Verdes; Venice is undoubtedly more funky than fussy. That's not to say that the people who live there, particularly in the neighborhoods that line the canals and the oceanfront, aren't affluent. But Venice is still more affordable than next-door Santa Monica, and one might argue that it has a good deal more personality, as well.
Note: This walk can be particularly fun for both you and your pooch, provided he doesn't get overexcited at the sight of ducks. If you do bring him along, resist the temptation to remove his leash during the canal portion of the walk. Toward the end of the route, you'll come to the Westminster off-leash dog park, where Rover can get footloose and fancy-free with his canine pals.
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