Many of the streets in Venice were once canals. What is left is just a fraction of once abundant waterways, which were laid out by the City’s founder Abbot Kinney to be a miniature version of Venice, Italy. Stroll the canals with your loved one(s) Take a brisk walk or jog along the canals. Take a picture on the bridge with the canals in the background. Don’t forget to hash tag #VeniceCAFun Take the Detour tour, and learn the story of Venice’s Founder, Abbot Kinney and the early history of the V! Abbot Kinney’s Impossible Dream tour led by Venice Paparazzi‘s and VisitVeniceCA‘s Edizen Stowell Insert from Wikipedia! “The Venice Canal Historic District is a district in the Venice section of Los Angeles, California. The district is noteworthy for its man-made canals built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his Venice of America plan. Kinney sought to recreate the appearance and feel of Venice, Italy, inSouthern California. The canals are roughly bounded by Eastern Court on the east, Court A on the south, Strongs Drive on the west, and Court E on the north. There are four east-west canals (Carroll Canal, Linnie Canal, Howland Canal, and Sherman Canal) and two north-south canals (Eastern Canal and Grand Canal). The beautifully lit canals with gondoliers and arched bridges drew widespread publicity and helped sell lots in the development. However, as the automobile gained in popularity, the canals were viewed by many as outdated, and the bulk of the canals were filled in 1929 to create roads. By 1940, the remaining canals had fallen into disrepair, and the sidewalks were condemned by the city. The canal district remained in poor condition for more than 40 years, as numerous proposals to renovate the canals failed due to lack of funding, environmental concerns, and disputes as to who should bear the financial responsibility. The canals were finally renovated in 1992, with the canals being drained and new sidewalks and walls being built. The canals re-opened in 1993 and have become a desirable and expensive residential section of the city. ” VENICE CANALS EVENTS: Fourth of July Rubber Ducky Contest Venice Bridge Lighting Venice Canal’s Boat Parade For more info on the Venice Canals, visit www.venicecanalsassociation.org PARKING LOTS: South City Parking Lot: 2100 Ocean Front Walk. Venice, Ca 90291. (End of Venice Blvd. approximately 4 miles from the 405 freeway) Washington Blvd. Lot: 3100 Washington Boulevard, Venice, Ca 90291 (By the Venice Pier) PRIVATE AND STREET PARKING AVAILABLE There are also private parking lots near the beach near Windward Ave. These private lots can cost anywhere between $5-$15 per day. Parking on the beach fills up quickly, so start your day early. COME EARLY TO FIND STREET PARKING. Read the signs to avoid parking tickets _____ Also, check out the Ballona Lagoon in Marina del Rey! Great for hiking, exploring or jogging! Ballona Lagoon is a tidal channel situated in the City of Los Angeles on the Silver Strand Peninsula, adjacent to Marina del Ray Harbor. Click here for more info!