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Outdoor Recreation - By The Water

Ballona Wetlands

Hundreds of acres of salt and freshwater marsh are being restored in this eco-friendly tribute to nature at the Marina's southern edge. Self-guided trails are available for strollers, and organized tours offered a few times a month – see Schedule.

Biking

Marina del Rey is well known for its incredibly scenic section of the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail. Download a comprehensive map, from Torrance Beach to Will Rogers State Beach, with point-to-point mileage, public facilities, and a specially featured prospective of Marina del Rey. Visit Daniel's Bicycle Rentals & Sales for a wide range of hourly and daily rental styles, overnight rentals & soft ice-cream! 13737 Fiji Way (Fisherman's Village); 310-980-4045 for seasonal hours.

Birdwatching

Observe the Marina’s variety of birdlife with a free guided tour of egrets, great blue herons, least terns and more. Begins at Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Reservations Required. Freelance self-touring also encouraged. See seasonal schedule as it becomes available.

Burke Marina Walk Promenade

Stroll the harbor along this wide-paved promenade that meanders for over six miles throughout the Marina to soak in the sea air and scenic yachts.

Fisherman's Village

Fisherman's Village is a replica of a New England seaport and fishing town. You can stroll the quiet harborfront to enjoy views of the Marina. There are several restaurants, and a smattering of shops and galleries. You can also rent a boat, go parasailing, or take a harbor dining cruise on the weekends. Free weekend concerts year round.

North Jetty Promenade and Marina Peninsula

Visit this narrow strip for spectacular views of the Marina's main channel. The lovely adjacent neighborhood offers a path parallel to the Grand Canal, footbridge to the beach, and an inviting oceanfront walk.

Self-Guided Walks

Whether you have an hour or a day, it’s easy to explore the Marina through a series of self-guided walks created by the visitors bureau. Learn a little history while discovering hidden treasures in six neighborhood ‘experiences’. Download the guide now or drop by the Visitors Center for a free copy.

South Jetty Promenade

Spot the wetland’s great blue heron, study the collegiate rowing team graffiti along Ballona Creek channel, and take in the great views of the main channel, ending up at the pedestrian bridge to Playa del Rey Beach.

Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk

Stroll the boardwalk for loads of fun in the sun and free entertainment. With sidewalk vendors and performers, shops, beachfront cafes and famed Muscle Beach, it's most lively on weekends–and a favorite with visitors and locals alike for its freewheeling atmosphere.

Venice Canals

Inspired by Venice, Italy, magnate Abbot Kinney created a maze of canals, quaint pedestrian bridges and lushly landscaped footpaths over 100 years ago. Come explore this cozy neighborhood’s unique charms, just blocks from the Marina.