Recreation in Venice
Venice’s history as a recreation destination reaches back to the 1930s when pioneering fitness advocates like Jack Lalanne brought world-wide attention to breathtaking stunts and two story high human pyramids on the beach. While no longer a world mecca for fitness, opportunities for recreation are in no short supply down by the shore. Join the surfers out by the breakwater to catch some explosive waves or rent some rollerblades and take to the paved pathways that wind through the sand. If you are experienced enough, drop into the Venice Skate Park to practice an ollie or just watch from the sidelines. An abundance of opportunities await you at the Venice Recreation Center as well, including a weight pen, basketball, handball, and paddle tennis courts, and more.
Departures: Venice

Departures Venice

American neighborhoods are changing, growing and re-defining themselves. Nowhere is this more evident than in Venice, California, where one of Los Angeles' most sophisticated and affluent creative enclaves sits side-by-side with a traditional working class community. Despite all these contradictions, Venice remains a magical spot not only to the tourists that flock to its beaches year after year, but also to those—rich or poor—that call Venice their home.