5 Things to Do in the Fall in Marina del Rey

L.A.’s Marina is an ideal Southern California getaway during the fall season. The coastal gem remains hidden between Venice Pier and Manhattan Beach Pier, not far from Venice and Santa Monica. Here, visitors can enjoy safe, social distancing activities such as walking along the promenade and watching boats and sea lions cruise along the harbor. Adventures on the water are also available such as kayaking, sunset sailing, whale watching cruises and more. As we head into cooler months in Los Angeles, we put together 5 things to do in the fall in Marina del Rey.

1. Al Fresco Dining

Cozy fire pit tables. Dramatic sunset backdrops. Waterfront views during brunch. The marina offers so many options with its myriad outdoor dining patios such as Cast & Plow, pictured here. Click to see a list of restaurants offering outdoor dining in Marina del Rey.

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2. Book a Staycation

Staycations are a safe, easy way to enjoy a break while discovering your backyard. When you're ready, book a staycation and wake up to a view like this one at the Marina del Rey Hotel. Note: All hotels in Marina del Rey have implemented strict safety measures as outlined by experts and public health officials.

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3. Support Local and Shop

Grab a cup of your favorite fall-flavored drink and walk through the shops at Waterside to support your favorite retail stores. While there, check out The Marigold Mercantile, formerly Rainbow Acres (same owner, just rebranded) and some expanded outdoor dining spots like Sugarfish and California Pizza Kitchen, too.

Don't forget to peruse the aisles at the weekly Farmers Market on Saturdays, from 9-2 p.m. Senior shopping hour starts at 8 a.m. Click here for more information about Farmers Market.

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4. Sunset Paddle

The vibrant sunsets during the fall are even more mesmerizing when you're on the water. Rent paddle boards and go with a small group for a sunset paddle in the marina with Paddle Method, ProSUP Shop or YOGAqua.

5. Whale Watching and Nature Cruises

Fall and winter season is the best time for whale watching as humongous gray whales are migrating between their feeding grounds in the Arctic and the warm lagoons off Mexico. Marine life and whale-watching tours are available year-round out of Marina del Rey. Make reservations in advance. Limited capacity onboard.

Marina del Rey Whale Watching offers tours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. Weekends 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Click button for more information.

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