A serene spot tucked away from the overwhelming crowds at Venice Beach, the Venice Canals is a picturesque scene with a unique collection of homes and a refreshing view of calm water. The historic district was built in 1905 as part of Abbott Kinney’s Venice of America plan. (You can read more about the history of the canals on my guest post on Minor Sights.)
Although the homes are privately owned, the walkway is open to the public. It doesn’t tend to get as crowded as more mainstream sights, although it can easily feel that way when walking into people coming from the opposite direction in the narrow walkways.
People watch, appreciate the view, and soak up Los Angeles’ little Euro vibe at the Venice Canals.