Old Venice Avenue is what separates Venice from so many small beach communities. Venice is not just another in a row of beach suburbs. It is a small town maintaining its identity as the world grows around it. Main street is a Palm tree lined boulevard with small shops, restaurants and a park with something for everyone. Yes some of the stores are filled with typical tourist fare but there are also art stores, clothing stores, specialty shops and some great sidewalk cafes. Stores are open in the evenings during 'the season' from January through April when the snow birds come down to escape northern winters. You can window shop all year and there are two ice cream shops always open late and plenty of park benches along the way. The small park downtown now has a water feature that kids can run through on hot days. It is only a bit over two blocks long and if you want a longer walk Venice Beach is just four blocks down along a beautiful tree lined boulevard. The huge oaks are hung with Spanish Moss and the palm trees nearer the beach are the seasonal nesting area of flocks of parrots.