Services, Stuff To Do

AMF Bayshore Lane

AMF Bayshore Lanes

Cold Bud in bowling pin bottles. Questions? If you’re looking to bowl in Santa Monica, this is the place. There are lots of lanes and a bar. Which is pretty much all any bowler needs. Unless you’re a kid, then there’s burgers and chips and soda and candy.

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Beach Volleyball Nets (Ocean Park)

Beach Volleyball Nets (Ocean Park)

Beach volleyball is big in southern Cal and the stretch of sand between Hollister and Ocean Park Blvd features a bunch of nets. They’re free, just show up and claim a net. But bring your balls. And know there may be a league or special event monopolizing several nets. If your serving arm goes dead, there’s often a pick-up roller-hockey game across the bike path.

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volleyball nets at santa monica pier

Beach Volleyball Nets (Santa Monica Pier)

Public beach volleyball nets adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier and Lifeguard Station. There’s always a game going on…and nearly always open courts. Words of Warning: Do not come here if you’ve got a problem with lithe lifeguards frolicking in the near nude.

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drum circle on-deck circle

Drum Circle On-Deck Circle

In the hours leading up to a full-fledged drum circle there’s often a warm up—a drum circle on-deck-circle—taking place on a beach-side grassy knoll near Ocean Front Walk and Breeze Ave. There you’ll find an assortment of rhythm-crazy revelers, conga players and bongo beaters. Lots of folks who march to the beat of a different drum as you’d expect at a Venice Beach drum come together.

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Exhale Center for Sacred Movement

Exhale Center for Sacred Movement

Sacred franchise is more like it, though it must be noted, this location has some of the most experienced and accomplished instructors in this city or any other: Eric Schiffman, Saul David Raye and Seane Corn, to name a few. The Main Street Venice studio offers a range of yoga classes in a range of yoga styles, as well as a goodly assortment of yoga clothes and accessories..

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Gold’s Gym

Gold’s Gym

If you can’t get your pump on at Gold’s maybe you just don’t deserve to be called gym bunny anymore. Joe Gold’s original Ocean Park gym is history. But this Venice replacement still boasts some of the biggest names — and bodies — in body-building. Come for the workout, stay for the show.

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chess

International Chess Park

Santa Monica’s outdoor chess facility is Washington Square Park west — only at the beach with an ocean breeze. And within steps of Hot Dog Stick. Geek heaven. Lots of chessboard-inlayed tables mean you can always get your game on here. Plus, there’s generally a lot to feast your eyes on while waiting for your rival to decide on his or her next move. Don’t forget your sunblock.

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Muscle Beach Venice

Muscle Beach Venice

Muscle Beach Venice is located two blocks north of Venice Blvd on Ocean Front Walk in the Venice Recreation Center, Earth. Where some of the over-buff creatures there actually come from is a matter for the Star Council.

While it’s often referred to as Muscle Beach these days, the recreation center’s weightlifting/bodybuilding facilities are not the site of the original Muscle Beach (the Muscle Beach of yore, which is a few miles up the beach near the Santa Monica Pier).

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Nite Spa

Nite Spa

I hear nice things about Nite Spa, though I haven’t yet had the pleasure. The concept is alluring…

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Oakwood Recreation Center

Good for the ‘wood, from jungle gyms and kiddy swings to sports fields with bright lights for night games.

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