Venice Pier, Venice Beach California Beaches

Venice Pier used to be one of three piers in Venice Beach, California, and a more amazing amusement destination than today's Santa Monica with its pleasure pier, called Pacific Pier.


Venice Pier, the 1310 foot wonder thatt'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 concerns.

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 fact.


When you speak of the Venice Pier, you need to explain which one you are referring to. Florida has a Venice Pier, as well, and though it is just over half the length of the L.A. version, anglers like to fish on it, as well. Venice Pier in California is one of over 30 municipal and regional fishing piers that visitors can enjoy for strolling, and free fishing, unless the pier specifies with signage that it is not a free fishing pier. (Most that aren't will state that a California State fishing license is required.)  Venice is fairly representative of so much of the Southern California coast.  Oil was discovered and for a time, derricks dotted the landscape and skyline.  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 all the romance of canals, boats, gondolas, hotels, amusements and joy. 

Within view of the Venice 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 that ply the open waters surrounding the pier. And to the south is the Marina del Rey harbor. For a day of piers, check out Venice Pier, Santa Monica Pier and Malibu Pier. That should could busy for a few hours.  The Santa Monica Pier has several restaurants where you can grab a sit-down, ocean view meal.

Venice Pier, Washington Blvd. and Ocean Walk Front (Boardwalk), Venice, CA 90291. Pier is open daily.

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