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Original Muscle Beach, Santa Monica

(3.3/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
Admire gymnasts and acrobats showing off their tricks at Original Muscle Beach. Established in the 1930s, the beach first got attention when legendary bodybuilders Joe Gold and Vic Tanny started lifting the weight equipment. Today, the weight equipment is at Venice Beach, but gymnasts and acrobats still come here to train. Bring your camera, but be sure to ask before snapping shots of the athletes in action. Work out when and for how long to visit Original Muscle Beach and other Santa Monica attractions using our handy Santa Monica vacation builder.
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  • Sky people!!!! I had just come from NY and still found the place dirty. I think that in the past had its charm but nowadays!! A place with many beggars and drug users, and a constant urine odor! And it was cold, 6 degrees and the smell was unbearable. Has several public toilets and it seemed that the homeless live there. Has some sport courts and some outdoor academies as well rusted. I didn't feel insecure, although I haven't seen cops. The smell was the same that bothered me. I don't recommend.
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  • I love this place! Very happening place! If you want food, fun, or just sight see this is the place! 
  • Aw, c'on, this is a Venice must see high point. Been there for eons. So while you're walking, biking, or skating, why not take some time out out to watch some sweaty people lifting some weights? 
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  • Great atmosphere, full of people working out and doing acrobatic routines. This is also the quieter side (beach) of the Santa Monica Pier as the other side is quite busy.
  • My first time to see North Pacific Ocean. It worths a walk down to see such beautiful views and feel the wind blowing through the hair.
  • Lots of equipment to do a great variety of exercises with. Great place for kids to play and nice place for athletic adults to show off their strength.
  • Magical place to visit! Acrobats have been coming here since the 1930's to practice right on the beach. So much to see and do!
  • Completely Iconic, essentially a large fitness playground where all are welcome to give everything a try. Locals and visitors alike seem friendly and willing to help out / join in.