Your Guide To California’s Historic Venice Canals
I’m sure you’ve heard of Italy’s famous Venice Canals but did you know Southern California has it’s own version of the famous canals?
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The historic Venice Canal District is located just steps from the Pacific Ocean but this place will transport you to Europe.
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Developer Abbot Kinney had a vision to bring the beauty of Europes Canals to California to help sell lots in his early 1900’s development.
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“Venice of America” opened with great fanfare on July 4, 1905. Garnering the nickname “Coney Island of the Pacific”.
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To reach the canals park on Ocean, Dell or Washington, or the paid parking lot next to the Venice Boardwalk at Washington Blvd & Ocean Front Walk.
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Some of the canals here were filled in & converted into roads as cars became popular in the 1930’s. The 6 remaining canals are a historic part of LA.
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The canals fell into disrepair, but in the early 1990’s they were renovated. The canals were drained, while new sidewalks & walls were built.
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To enjoy a glassy mirror like water reflection here plan your visit first thing in the morning after a beautiful California sunrise.
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Water enters the canal through sea gates that open & drain during low tide. They close at high tide, trapping the water before repeating this process.
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Every 3 days when the water drains here the canals are less glamorous so check this website - “voiceofthecanals.org” for current tide information.
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Located less than 4 blocks from Venice Beach make time to stop at these canals if you’re in the area.
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Thanks for joining me today, for more of my favorite CA spots see all my Jumpropes or visit FlyingDawnMarie.com for full blogs post & YouTube videos.
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