Struck with wanderlust? I’ve been wanting to explore Venice California since the Olsen Twins released the hit 90s movie “Billboard Dad”. I love exploring the venice canals, venice beach, muscle beach, and the art! Check out my blog post on Exploring Venice, California — The Confused Millennial


I was about 8 or 9 years old when the Olsen Twins released a movie called Billboard Dad (who else remembers this gem??) and I became obsessed with moving to California… more specifically Venice… okay that’s actually a lie… I was already obsessed with moving to California from the moment I watched Full House years earlier (I swore I would run away and join the Tanner clan in San Fran). 

So a few months ago when I finally got to take a long trip out to Southern California, you can bet that Venice was on my high priority list of places to see. 

And it really did not disappoint!  I could not be more obsessed with the Venice Canals… every home was like a work of art, and totally left me feeling like I was going to bump into the Olsen twins and their “Billboard Dad” at any moment. 

The Venice Canals were built in 1905 by Abbott Kinney. These man made canals span over quite a few blocks. It’s really a site to see and this perfect little serene and artistic community will just wash you with a sense of peacefulness… A stark contrast to Venice beach which is just a block or two away. 

Venice beach is packed with people, art, music, shops, food, skateboarders, and so much more! Home to the famous “Muscle Beach” where we saw people doing gymnastics, acro yoga, and pumping iron. We stopped and watched the skater’s with the ocean in the distance and mountains framing the skyline. 

We stopped and watched the street performers who were hilarious and probably some of the funniest I’ve ever seen and grabbed some ice cream before heading over to the Santa Monica pier to watch the sunset at the top of the ferris wheel ❤ 

All my best,