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Muscle Beach

Location: 1800 Ocean Front Walk Los Angeles, CA 90291

How to get there

North of the main lifeguard tower you'll find it on the Ocean Front Walk between the tennis courts and the skate park.

About Muscle Beach

From 1970s beach movies to Arnie appearances the image of Muscle Beach is one strongly associated with LA. Probably the most well known outdoor gym in the world it was originally opened in 1934 nearer Santa Monica Pier and then refreshed in 1951 before moving to Venice Beach after 1958. The current structure is from 1990.

Today people visit it for a unique blend of history, physical fitness, classic California lifestyle and more. Although the original beach signs are gone the outdoor exercise equipment remains and the Muscle Beach gym overlooks everything.

As you watch the bodybuilders and gymnasts do their stuff take care where you are standing as the stretch is also popular with rollerbladers, bikers and skaters. Try out the balance beams, rings and rope climbing yourself. Much of the equipment is good for kids as well as adults.

 A fee does apply to use the Equipment at Muscle Beach.

Also check out the original Muscle Beach location on Santa Monica Beach which is open and free but consists mainly of rings and bars set out on the sand.

Muscle Beach, Venice Beach

Muscle Beach area, Santa Monica

Here is Muscle Beach on the map.


Nearby Attractions

While most people visit the beach just for a day of sand, sun, surf and fun, there are actually many interesting attractions all within easy reach of the beach. So if you want to combine some activities in a day in the area, or simply want to allow some members of your group to do different things, then consider some of these nearby attractions.

Point Dume - At the end of the beach, visible as you look all the way to the left while facing the sea, Point Dume is a rocky promontory that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The point, a long bluff, forms the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay. It is most interesting as a rock climbing location as the rocking mound forms a natural climbing wall with very moderate single pitch rock climbing routes that are perfect for the beginner or training, or simply for those simply wishing to try out natural rock climbing.

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