So you’re in beautiful southern California and ready for a vacation on the waterfront? Marina del Rey is beautiful and ideally located, but if you’re new to the area you might find yourself missing out on all that it has to offer. Never fear, Trip101 is here! To make the best of your stay, check out each of the items on this list and craft your own beautiful, beachfront vacation from all the fun activities Marina del Rey has to offer!
1. Take a stroll down Venice Boardwalk and Beach
This famous boardwalk starts at Marina del Rey and goes all the way down to Santa Monica Pier. The boardwalk itself, complete with stores and food stands, is spread out along Venice Beach and great for romantic walks, friendly outings, or just for enjoying the sights. You’ll get a real feel of the city of LA while watching street performers, performance art, dancing, and music. Plus, there’s a ton of shops, places to eat, and sun.
Venice Boardwalk and Beach
Address: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Hours: Mon-Sat 8 am-7 pm, Sun 10 am-4 pm
Phone: +1 (310) 396-6764
Website: Venice Boardwalk and Beach
2. Visit Venice Canal Historic District
Abbot Kinney made these manmade canals as a project to try to create the atmosphere of Venice, in LA and even though they’re located in a large district in Marina del Rey, they definitely earn their name. The canals have a ton of history behind them to learn and also are just fun to walk around and enjoy. So take in the view, sit on the bridge, and bask in the different but welcome vibes, as you escape from the rest of LA.
Venice Canal Historic District
Address: Venice, CA 90292
Hours: 24 hours
3. Go for a swim at Marina Beach
Marina Beach (or Mother’s Beach) is a hidden gem, both literally and figuratively. Sheltered in the cove of Marina del Rey, it can be the perfect place to go for a romantic picnic, an evening stroll, to do some yoga, or for a playground outing with the kids.
Marina Beach (Mother's Beach)
Address: 4135 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Website: Marina Beach
4. Walk through Ballona Wetlands
Walk around a freshwater marsh trail that’s dedicated to the preservation of nature in urban LA. The marsh is open during daylight hours and perfect for those who want to learn about the history of the wetlands and conservation in general.
Address: Just south of Marina Del Rey
Hours: Dawn until Dusk
Phone: +1 (310) 306-5994
Website: Ballona Wetlands
5. Bike down Marvin Braude (The Strand)
This beautiful trail is a little farther from the Marina but it starts by the beach and goes all the way inland while showing you a beautiful and unique perspective of LA. The trail passes through Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, and Redondo Beach Pier. Plus, how can you say no to hours of beachfront views from a classic LA bike trail?
Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail (The Strand)
Address: Will Rogers State Beach on Pacific Coast Hwy to Torrance Beach
Website: Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail
6. Check out Fisherman’s Village
Fisherman’s Village is the largest man-made small boat harbor. You and the family can go shopping along the harbor, or stop by and get some cute Instagram pictures of the beautifully colorful houses and cute boats. There are also plenty of places to eat along the water, which can be perfect for that next romantic getaway (or Tinder date).
Address: 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: +1 (310) 301-9900
Website: Fisherman’s Village
7. Have a picnic in Burton W. Chace Park
This huge park has cool statues all around to explore and pose with, plus you can reserve places for your events or community events, which tend to happen often (including the summer concert series). The park also has some beautiful bicycle trails and a lot of history.
Burton W. Chace Park
Address: 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Hours: 6 am-10 pm
Phone: +1 (424) 526-7903
Website: Burton W. Chace Park
8. Embark on a romantic gondola ride with Gondolas D’Amore
This is the perfect opportunity for a romantic nighttime getaway with your special someone. The gondola rides include a private boat outing and a quiet evening on the seas you’re sure to enjoy.
Address: 14045 Panay Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Hours: 12 pm-11 pm
Phone: +1 (310) 736-7301
Website: Gondola Rides with Gondolas D'Amore
9. Have dinner on a Hornblower Cruise
Hornblower Cruises offers a variety of not only dining cruises but dancing and other entertainment options. Dress up in your favorite Titantic-esque attire, leave the kids with grandma and saunter up the gangplank to enjoy an evening of great food, amazing views, and even better company.
Address: 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Hours: Thurs-Sat 11 am-12 am, Sun 11 am-9 pm
Phone: +1 (310) 301-6000
Website: Hornblower Cruises
10. Get ready for some watersport fun with Action Watersports
Is your family the outdoorsy type? Or maybe you just really like trying new things? There’s no better place to do it than the warm, inviting beaches of Southern California. Head over to Action Watersports and rent out some kayak equipment, paddle boards, surfboards, sea bobs, and more! Then, spend the rest of the day splashing in the ocean, racing along the coast, and just generally enjoying seeing your brother fall off his surfboard, multiple times. It’s worth it, trust me.
Address: 4144 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm
Phone: +1 (310) 827-2233
Website: Action Watersports
The marina is waiting!
Grab your loved ones (be it dog, cat, girlfriend, parents, or whatever) and head down to Marina Del Rey. With such a great location and so many options to choose from you can’t possibly get bored. In fact, odds are you’ll fall in love with the place and want to come back, again and again, to explore more and more.
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