The 1,300-foot Venice Pier, built in 1963, was falling to pieces by the 1980s. It was closed and scheduled for demolition in 1986. Venice residents rallied to the cause, and after years of perseverance the pier was restored and reopened in 1997. The restored pier is fully accessible, with lights, benches, fish-cleaning stations, a 120-foot diameter circular end, and special cutouts for fishing and wheelchairs. The pier’s surface is cement and the rail height is 41 inches although several handicapped sections have a 28″ railing. It is managed by the City of Los Angeles, Parks and Recreation Department. Above info from Coastal Conservancy Hours: Open from 6 a.m. to midnight. l SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES : Grab a coffee or juice at the Cow’s End Cafe, and walk the Venice Pier. Enjoy the fresh air, and breath taking ocean and beach views! Stroll the end of the pier for breathtaking views Go fishing on the Venice Pier. Head to the beach! The view of the Venice Pier from the beach is breath taking! Watch the surf action from the beach or Venice Pier! Shop or window shop at Washington Square. Tons of cool stuff to be found! Take a surf or skate lesson with Maui and Sons’ qualified instructors. Rentals also available. Bike, surfboard and skate rental shops on Washington Square. Best boards and rentals at Maui and Sons. Ask for Cheryl or Mary Food and drink suggestions by the Venice Pier. 26 rotating beer taps and artisan food at Simmzy’s. Internet cafe, coffee, juice smoothies and wraps at the Cow’s End Cafe. WHERE TO PARK: Washington Blvd. Lot (Near Venice Pier and Washington Square) 3100 Washington Boulevard, Venice, Ca 90291 (By the Venice Pier) Cost of parking: $5-15 depending on time of year. Metered street parking along Washington Blvd. Click here for additional parking!