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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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  • The rain we deprived of the spectacle of people doing weights on the beach, but well, yet a nice walk, beautiful views and a peculiar to visit site.
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  • We loved this part of the beach. It was fun watching the 'experts' work out on rings, tightrope, rope climbing and other apparatus there. Also watching those practicing aerobatics. The environment was...  more »
  • The is not a ton going on at "The Original" Muscle Beach (i.e. where that sign is located), but a half mile down the beach, near the busy part of Venice Beach you'll see a lot. People lifting in a fen...  more »
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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.