Start: TRAIL ONE
Venice, originally called "Venice of America," was founded by Abbot Kinney in 1905 as a beach resort town. Truly inspired by Venice, Italy, there are several blocks of canals that run between multi-million dollar homes. Today, Venice is known for its canals, beaches, and the circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, mystics, artists and vendors. You will be visiting 5 spots in this trail and it shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes to complete it. But, hey, don't rush! We want you to have fun, so take your time.
Linnie Canal Park 200 Linnie Canal, Venice.
You will find the code on a small sign about protecting the ducks in the canal, just across the road, complete the secret code below:
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The area covered by canals was approximately three to four times as large as today. The entire area between Abbot Kinney, Pacific, and Venice Blvd. were canals. As the automobile gained in popularity, the canals were viewed by many as outdated, and the bulk of the canals were filled in 1929 to create roads. The canal district remained in poor condition for more than 50 years, as numerous proposals to renovate the canals failed due to lack of funding and environmental concerns. The canals were finally renovated in 1992 and have become a desirable and expensive residential section of the city.
Take a stroll here with your camera. You can marvel at the diversity of architecture. Humble bungalows stand proudly next to Spanish style mansions. Cape Cod specials neighbor flat-roofed postmodern homes. It’s quite a mishmash of styles, tastes, and personalities. No two houses here are alike. It’s brilliant.