The Zen Neighboorhood
After a stressful day traveling around other sections of town, the Venice Canals can be a wonderful place to slow down and unwind. With palm trees, beautiful architecture, and possibly an ice cream cone from near-by Salt & Straw, it’s impossible not to take a seat, meditate on the swimming ducks, and just chill.
Venice Canals reverie was originally conceived of by the real estate developer, Abbot Kinney, as part of his grand dream – Venice of America. In 1905 Kinney sought to recreate the appearance and feel of Venice, Italy, in Southern California by digging 16 miles to make way for his dream. Unfortunately, in 1924 the city of LA decided to turn the canals into roads (in part because of pressure from the auto industry). Today, Venice Canal Historic District is a vibrant neighborhood, filled with diverse architecture; from storybook Spanish Casitas to Domus.
Architecture: Individuality Rules
Freedom. No two houses are alike.
Venice Canals could be appreciated during daytime and nightime. December is the best month to visit due to Christmass decorations and it’s yearly boat parade. For more information regarding events please visit Voice of the Canals. Venice Canals is one of the crown jewels you can’t miss out if you get a chance to explore Los Angeles.
Don’t forget to check out
Venice of America Self-Guided Walking Tour