Where else in the world can you work out alongside the ocean other than at Venice Beach, aka Muscle Beach? The outdoor space flanking Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk boasts a beachside gym, skate park, gymnastics facility, and courts for paddle tennis, handball, volleyball and, most famously, basketball. Thanks to the unique ocean views, the site has been featured in countless productions. Ironically, its most famous onscreen appearance was actually shot elsewhere.
In the opening and closing scenes of the 1992 hit White Men Can’t Jump, Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson are shown playing basketball beachside, but because filming would have required the real life Venice courts to be shut down for too long a time period, temporary courts had to be created for the shoot in the parking lot located at Ocean Front Walk and Rose Avenue. However, the real life courts did make a memorable appearance in American History X.
For those who want to enjoy Venice Beach without having to exercise, the same area boasts a large bustling marketplace on the boardwalk. A short walk away is the Venice Pier, where Michael Douglas meets his end in Falling Down. Mark Harmon lived at a nearby house in the 1987 summer movie classic Summer School. Sadly, his home at 2815 Ocean Front Walk was completely remodeled and is no longer recognizable.