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15 Fun Summer Activities in Marina del Rey

Summer is here and so we bring you our handy guide of 15 summer activities in Marina del Rey. Love the water? Then, we’ve got you covered. Prefer your land-legs over sea-legs? We’ve got those activities, too. Families, couples and anyone rolling solo will enjoy many of these things to do on and off the water. The list is in no particular order. 

For other ideas, click here to read our list of the Top 5 social distancing activities in the marina. 

Planning a getaway? Click here to book a hotel room and continue your summer adventures in L.A.’s Marina. 


Most of these ideas take place outdoors. Therefore, we encourage that you wear a face covering as mandated by Los Angeles County. Be mindful of social distancing when you are near other people.

1. Sail Away on a Sunset Cruise

Charter a private yacht with a skipper for a stress-free outing on the Pacific. Bring your own food and spend a day on the water relaxing, taking in fresh air and exploring the open seas. Click button below to view a list of charters in Marina del Rey. Contact the company directly to confirm if they are currently operating.

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2. Stay in the Marina

Scoop up summer deals on hotel rooms and suites with water views for a much-needed weekend getaway. Click button below to learn more about hotels in Marina del Rey.

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3. Waterfront Dining

From open-air patios to outdoor terraces overlooking the marina, dining out can be enjoyed at any of the restaurants in Marina del Rey this summer. SALT Restaurant and Bar, pictured here, is located at the Marina del Rey Hotel. Click below for a list of waterfront restaurants.

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4. Ride the WaterBus

A favorite by locals and visitors on summer weekends, hop on the WaterBus for a scenic ride around the Marina! For 2020, the WaterBus makes six stops along the marina for only $1 per ride one-way. Bikes and strollers allowed; no pets (service animals are allowed). For routes and schedules, click on the button below.

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5. Drive your own Boat

With a valid driver’s license, you can be the captain of your own boat. Choose from an electric duffy boat or a power boat. Pack a lunch and dine on the water--a fun social distancing activity for the summer! Check on availability with Marina del Rey Boat Rentals located at Fisherman's Village.

6. Beach Eats TO GO

On summer Thursdays from 5-9 p.m., enjoy food truck fare at Lot #11 on Via Marina and Panay Way. Order online first, then pick up food to go. Masks and physical distancing required. Click button below for more information.

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7. Stand-up Paddleboarding

Fun for all ages, stand-up paddle boards can be rented from Marina “Mother’s” Beach with ProSUP Shop or Paddle Method. Or Marina del Rey Boat Rentals, offers rentals at Fisherman’s Village. For those with your own equipment, the public boat launch at 13477 Fiji Way is also open. Make sure to socially distance from others even while on the water.

8. Go Fishing

Head out to the open seas with a charter company such as Marina del Rey Sportfishing, for year-round open-party and private charter fishing excursions as well as whale- and wildlife-watching tours. Click the button below for more information about fishing in Marina del Rey.

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9. Kayaking

A fun way to explore the marina, kayaking is perfect either solo or as a pair. Companies renting kayaks have new safety procedures in place to ensure physical distancing and sanitizing of vessels, equipment and life jackets. Check out Marina del Rey Boat Rentals or ProSUP Shop. Make sure to socially distance from others even while on the water.

10. Yoga

Tap into nature by doing yoga, meditation or breathing exercises in L.A.’s Marina. Make the ocean your yoga mat by doing yoga on a paddleboard with YOGAqua. Or stretch out on the sand at Marina “Mother’s” Beach or the grass at Burton Chace Park.

11. Parasailing and Jet-Skiing

Adventure-seekers can hop on a jet-ski or take flight on a parasailing excursion over Santa Monica Bay. Make a reservation in advance through Marina del Rey Boat Rentals, and Marina del Rey Parasailing.

12. Curbside Retail Shopping

Curbside and in-store shopping is available at select stores at Waterside in Marina del Rey. Click the button below to see a list of retailers either open or offering curbside service.

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13. Biking

Scenic Marina del Rey is located along the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail, a 22-mile coastal path from Santa Monica all the way to Torrance. LA County beach bike paths are now open. Bike to your favorite restaurant and order takeout - you're getting fresh air and supporting local restaurants, too! Click the link below to download a map of the route.

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14. Burton Chace Park

Want more fresh air? Head to this beautiful 10-acre park surrounded by water. Bring your own food or order takeout for a picnic. Note: picnic tables are closed, so find a spot on the grass to socially distance from others. Other fun things to do here: Fly a kite, eat ice cream, read a book, or keep an eye out for sea lions.

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15. Beach Day

With beaches now open in Los Angeles for both recreational activity and lounging, choose Marina del Rey beaches for fun in the sun. Marina "Mother's" Beach offers plenty of space to relax on the sand and play in the waters of this calm cove. Here, you can find watersports rentals for kayaks and stand-up paddle boards as well as yoga on paddleboard lessons. Marina Peninsula Beach is located South of Venice Pier where you can walk along a paved path to the North Jetty. This area is accessible along Via Marina.

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