Bordering Venice to the south is Marina del Rey … home to one of the largest small craft harbors in the world. There is great sailing year around with sailboat races most weeks. For the cruisers … Catalina Island is a short 31 miles crossing.
Venice’s wide white sand beach is a favorite family playground for building sand castles or a little body surfing.
The bike path, along the sand extends to Manhattan Beach to the south and above Santa Monica to the north just ocean-side of the boardwalk, is a very popular venue for bikers of all speeds and a few joggers.
The pups of Venice have their own playground, too. The Westminster Dog Park is just one block off the beach. There is a separate area for the small dogs.
Venice is famous for its state-of-the-art public skateboard park. Many of the best practice here regularly … it’s a great spectator sport, too.
You’ll always find a few die-hard fishermen on the Venice Pier … I have no idea what the catchings bring.
Penmar Municipal Golf Course is a beautifully landscaped par 33 executive nine-hole course. Open year-around, there is always a nice sea breeze even when it soars above 90 inland. Penmar is a walking-only course … pull carts are available for rent.
There are two small city parks … one at the Oakwood Recreation Center (left) … the other at the Linnie Canal Park (right).
Los Angeles City Penmar Recreation Center offers a variety of sports programs including baseball, basketball (co-ed/girls), girls play L.A. (13-15), soccer (co-ed/girls), tennis class, flag football, and basketball camp.