Venice Pier, Washington Blvd. and Ocean Walk Front (Boardwalk), Venice,
CA 90291. Pier is open daily.
Venice once had 3 piers. The current
Venice Pier was one of
three piers in Venice Beach, California, and a more amazing amusement
destination than today's
with its pleasure pier, called Pacific Pier. Three piers were built
during the time that builders had to
convince people to move to the beach.
Like its neighbor to the south (Naples,
a neighborhood of Long Beach), Venice
was designed with pleasure in mind.
It was supposed to be like an Italian
city with canals, gondolas,
hotels, amusements and joy.
Venice Pier, the 1,310 foot wonder
that's survived storms, weathering and a few earthquakes during its
current lifespan (built in 1997), was reopened in 2006 after yet another
devastating blow had closed it due to structural compromise.
Venice Pier in California is one of
over 30 municipal and regional fishing
piers that visitors can enjoy strolling
and fishing for free.
Within view of the pier is Santa Monica Pier to the north. A public
parking lot next to the pier that
charges a flat rate, street parking
throughout the neighborhoods and blocks
away are your options in this area. On
clear days you can gaze at and enjoy the
stunning Santa Monica mountains. Closer
and in view are surfers surrounding the
pier on their surfboards, waiting for
the next great ride.
When say "Venice Pier,"
you need to differentiate which one you are referring to. Florida has a Venice
Pier approx. half the length of the L.A.
version. Anglers like to fish on it, as well.
People love fishing in L.A. You
don't have to know what you are doing, and you don't have to catch
anything. But you do have to maintain an attitude that being outdoors in
the Southern California weather is just fine. The Venice Pier actually
provides areas that wheelchairs can pull up comfortably to fish, in
For a day of piers, check out Venice Pier, Santa Monica Pier and Malibu
Pier. The Santa
Monica Pier has several restaurants where you can grab a sit-down, ocean