Whether passing through on a layover or visiting for the entire weekend, you’ll be happy to know that there are endless things to do in Marina del Rey. From coastal dining and luxurious spa treatments to beachfront bike rides and on-the-water activities, here are some of best ways to spend your time in LA’s Marina.
IF YOU HAVE TWO HOURS …
Marina del Rey is equally relaxing and engaging. Any of the following activities will get you into the fresh air for a short while and treat you to scenic views.
- Enjoy a waterfront picnic in Burton Chace Park. This green space has a perimeter walking path with views of passing sailboats and other watercraft, as well as picnic tables and barbecues. Time: Up to you.
- Experience the stand-up paddleboarding craze with hourly rentals available through Marina del Rey Boat Rentals, Pro SUP Shop, or the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center. Time: 1-2 hours.
- Daniel’s Bicycle Rentals in Fisherman’s Village rents by the hour, so you can enjoy a quick ride on a segment of the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail, or just pedal around the Marina. Time: 1-2 hours.
- Jetski, kayak, or captain your own electric boat with hourly rentals available through Marina del Rey Boat Rentals. Time: 1-2 hours.
- Taste the Marina’s culinary offerings in any of our popular restaurants that boast harbor views, outdoor terraces, and acclaimed chefs. Time: 1-2 hours.
- Explore the neighboring Ballona Wetlands, home to more than 200 species of wildlife. One- or two-hour docent-led tours are available on select weekend days (inquire for details), or go at your own pace on a public walking path that traces the perimeter. The nearby Ballona Discovery Park offers interpretive exhibits about the local habitat. Time: 1-2 hours.
IF YOU HAVE FOUR HOURS …
In a half-day, you can start to dig in to Marina life. Enjoy the sunshine and sparkling harbor views on one or more of these excursions.
- Hornblower Cruises & Events offers the only public dining cruises in the Marina. Depending on the day and time of your visit, consider a brunch or dinner sailing with musical entertainment. From spring through early fall, Hornblower adds to the lineup with sunset cocktail cruises on Wednesdays, timed so you can watch the California Yacht Club’s Sunset Series Regatta. Time: About 3 hours.
- Get a bird’s-eye view of the entire Los Angeles coastline on an excursion with Marina del Rey Parasailing (March-October). Choose from 500 or 800 feet. Time: About 2 hours.
- Pedal along the 22-mile Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail, which winds through Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and other seaside towns to the north and south of the Marina. Hourly or full-day rentals are available from Daniel’s Bike Rentals at Fisherman’s Village. Time: Up to you.
- Shop ‘til you drop at Waterside, the Marina’s outdoor shopping center, or take a quick jaunt to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, which is lined with funky boutiques and restaurants. Marina del Rey’s Free Ride service can shuttle you to and from Abbot Kinney.Time: Up to you.
- Bike or walk to nearby Venice Beach and enjoy the carnivalesque Boardwalk scene with street performers and beachfront cafes. Head a little more north and play in Santa Monica with popular shopping and dining attractions like Third Street Promenade. Time: Up to you.
IF YOU HAVE A FULL DAY …
You’re the ultimate leisure traveler! You could easily pair a couple of activities from the quick-stay sections, or indulge in one of the following signature sightseeing opportunities.
- Charter a private skippered yacht and sail along the Los Angeles coastline. Enjoy views of popular landmarks like the world-famous Venice Beach Boardwalk or the Santa Monica Pier’s amusement park.
- Join an open-party fishing trip into Santa Monica Bay for an ultimate deep-sea experience with Marina del Rey Sportfishing. If you’re visiting in winter, this same vendor offers whale-watching excursions. Time: 5-9 hours.
- Hop-on Hop-Off Starline Tours picks up at Fisherman’s Village (among other Marina stops). This is a perfect starting point for a narrated tour on the Green Line, which includes Marina del Rey, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica. Hop off at your leisure to explore, then catch the next bus (they’re every 30-45 minutes) back to beautiful Marina del Rey. Time: 1.5-hour loop (without disembarking).