One of the hardest parts about summer vacation for my kids is that their friends tend to be out of town a lot, and they get bored. In the next couple of years, I am going to have to go get a real job, so this very well could be my last or second-to-last summer I may have with them. So I have been taking them to different places in Southern California, and last week, we went to Venice Beach.
A note to parents: My kids are 13 & 11; I wouldn’t bring small children here. I hadn’t been to Venice Beach myself since before my kids were born, so I wasn’t aware that “medical mj” had become so prevalent. There were shops with “the doctor is in” signs, paraphernalia of all sorts, painted on jewelry and mentioned on T-shirts. In other words, you can’t get around it. Also, the beach here is very shallow; it makes for warm water, but if your kids like to go out and jump waves, they will be so far out, you won’t be able to see where they are. For these reasons, I do not recommend it for young children.
By the way, if you’re looking for pictures of bikini-clad girls at the beach, this isn’t the post for you, sorry. Bikini-clad women, not my thing.
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And of course, Muscle Beach….
These is a bike trail here that travels the length from Malibu down to Redondo Beach, I think. I used to ride it often before we moved out to the suburbs. The kids really want to ride it, so we’ll have to make the trek down here again later this summer with the bicycles.
Here’s the map:
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Parking is $9 (Summer of 2011). I recommend lunch at the Sidewalk Cafe – another Venice tradition!