Here is a whole list of free and not free things to do!

Spend the day at the beach with your loved one!  

Admission is free! This is the thing that makes Venice the most special place on earth. This three-mile beach is manicured daily and the lifeguards are on duty, so grab a towel and head down to the sand.  Surf, swim, body board and splash around in the Pacific Ocean. Go for a deep sand run or power walk in ankle deep water. Sunbathe & relax. Keep an eye out for dolphins. Volleyball courts also available.  Or, grab a Frisbee or a ball for some catch.  Marvel at the planet’s largest ocean or meditate into your own universe, either way the beach has the perfect spot for everyone.


Treat your loved one to a surf or skate lesson with Maui and Sons’ Surf and Skate Shop!


Here is a message from Maui and Sons!  Our surf shop offers everything from surf lessons and board rentals to board shorts, rash guards, and everything in-between. Whether you’re renting a board, taking a surf lesson or purchasing a t-shirt, when you’re at the Maui & Sons Retail Surf Shop we care about the experience you have. We are open 7 days a week 8:30ish am – 8:30 pm.  For more info:

Watch a Venice, California sunset!  

Perfect for dates!  Admission is free.  View some of our favorite sunset photos and viewing locations here!


Cruise the coast with your loved one! 

Ride or skate the path all the way from Venice to Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Playa del Rey, Pacific Palisades or Palos Verdes!  The bike path that runs along the sand in Venice is 22 miles long and extends from Palos Verdes through Pacific Palisades, with a brief in-land detour. Its smooth concrete surface is great for bicycles, roller skates and skateboards alike.  Need a skateboard?  Shop local at  Maui and Sons!

Cocktails and a 360 degree view of Los Angeles at High Rooftop Lounge! 

It’s always going off at High Lounge.  High is the only rooftop bar in Venice, which means you can count on epic sunset views year round. On any given night, their live local DJs set the chill vibes and our bartenders keep the drinks flowing.

You probably don’t need any more reasons to swing by. But just in case you’re still not sold, OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards named High Lounge the Best Ambiance, the Best Hot Spot and the Best Scenic View in Venice. That’s alotta “bests.”

Photo courtesy of Hotel Erwin

Read poetry with your loved one at  Beyond Baroque’s Poetry Walls.

 The words of Jim Morrison of the Doors, Manazar Gamboa, Philomene Long,  Exene Cervenka of the Punk Rock band X, actor Viggo Mortensen, and others are engraved in the concrete walls of the LAPD substation and three public restrooms exterior shower walls.  Click here for more info!

Gift the gift of Venice!  Adopt-a-Bulb on the Venice Sign.    

When Abbot Kinney officially introduced the world to Venice-of-America in 1905 he did it in style.  Across Windward Avenue at Pacific (then Trolley Way), 3-foot high letters glowed to electric life and spelled out the place to be on that 4th of July – in VENICE.  Historic Windward Avenue with its Italianate architecture and colonnade began life as the entrance to the wonderful amusement pier.  Today it remains our gateway to the remarkable scene known throughout the world as Venice Beach.   Click here for more info
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Go to the theater!  


Walk the Venice Canals!

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.   Click here for more info!

Dine at James Beach!

James’ Beach  is a Venice Beach  institution.  An iconic restaurant and bar now celebrating 23 years, a ½ block from world famous Venice Beach and the Pacific ocean.  James’ Beach has over the years earned a loyal following of lovers of American Comfort food,  great drinks, an award winning wine list plus marvelous people watching.  Los Angeles Times food critic, Irene Virbila reviewed that the straightforward cuisine, friendly service, and beach ambiance made James’ Beach “as comfortable as a favorite sweater.”  Paintings of the Venice life of the two owners are exhibited next to romantic, comfy dining room booths.

Locals and visitors seek out James’ Beach  for legendary food from locally sourced ingredients, natural meats and sustainable seafood including the famous Fish Tacos from the movie “I Love You, Man; generous cocktails like a spicy prickly pear margarita from the patio bar (with a palm tree growing out of it);  weekend brunch  on the tropical patio; a popular “5 to 7” happy hour and one of the best weekend bar scenes on the Westside.

For more info or to make a reservation, visit

Celebrate LOVE  w/ Hama Sushi!

Established in 1979, Hama Sushi can be traced back in time to being one of the first sushi restaurants on the westside. Known for it’s unique ambience and casual setting, Hama brings the freshest and friendliest service. Locals, tourists and newcomers can all enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine with unique fusion dishes.

Located on the circle of Windward/Main street, a block from the famous Venice Boardwalk, Hama has been a part of Venice Beach’s history for the past forty years.

For more info or to make a reservation, visit

Say it with Dinner at Canal Club

Named for its location a block away from the famous Venice canals and for its neighborhood centric, vibe; for over 20 years the Canal Club has been a uniquely Venice destination.

Canal Club is also located across the street from its sister restaurant, James’ Beach, the first restaurant created by restaurateurs James Evans and Daniel Samakow. “James’ Beach celebrates the familiarity of American comfort food; so when we opened across the street we wanted to celebrate the exploration of other cuisines found in Los Angeles, mainly Latino and Asian. We do so with an emphasis on sustainable, local and quality natural ingredients.” – James Evans

For more info or to make a reservation, visit

Dine with a marina view and sunset at  Tony P’s Dockside Grill!  

Voted by local newspapers and T.V. Stations! Tony P’s Dockside and Grill has the best steak, seafood, outside dining, beer selection, bar food, blood Mary! Westside #1 Sports Tavern and Happy Hour. One of top three fish and chips, American BBQ and martinis! Weekend Breakfast with Bottomless Mimosas at Tony P’s! Great patio with Marina view!

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Who’s looking for love? Adopt! 

Check out NKLAMuch Love Animal RescueBeach City Kitties Found Animals Foundation, or Please list any other adoption centers below.

Already found your furry true love? 

Treat them at Bruno’s! Bruno’s Venice is a local boutique & carry only the best for your dog and cat! DELIVERY throughout Los Angeles. 2012 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, 90291.

Get a room!  

Enjoy a weekend or night at Venice Breeze Suites, Hotel Erwin, or The Cadillac Hotel.  

Explore Venice with this Venice Beach Fun list!

No trip to Venice is complete without visiting each of the listed attractions and unique neighborhoods that make up our city!   Print out the Venice Beach Fun Checklist and Map


Check out and the Venice Paparazzi’s Venice Beach Fun list for more things to do on V day!