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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Venice Beach

We all know that Venice Beach is a funky sort of renaissance amusement park along the beach in West Los Angeles. The boardwalk is known for its eclectic street vendors, artists, musicians, muscles and some of the best surf in LA County. But did you know the following about one of our favorite summer spots?

* Venice (formerly Venice America) was founded as a beach resort by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905.

* Venice Beach has been the location of over sixty movie sets, dating back all the way to 1915.

* Over 450 oil wells used to operate in Venice, with the first oil derricks constructed in the 1920s. Oil was pumped in Venice until the 1970s.

* Venice Beach is the second most popular tourist destination in Southern California, only trailing Disneyland. An estimated 150,000 tourists walk the boardwalk every weekend. That's almost 8 million annual weekend tourists alone!

* According to Heal the Bay, Venice Beach has an A+ water quality grade at all four locations where samples are taken.

The beach is closed from 10:30pm to 5:00am. When the boardwalk is open, bring along the entire family as there is sure to be something entertaining for everyone: rent bikes, surf, play volleyball, paddle ball, basketball or simply just stroll around and enjoy the sunshine and the entertaining street vendors.

Please feel free to share your Venice Beach experiences with us and post pictures of your fondest memories.

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