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Los Angeles Attractions Near Marina del Rey

We bring you our list of 7 popular Los Angeles attractions near Marina del Rey. Read below if your Los Angeles trip includes one or two of these attractions.

Los Angeles traffic can be challenging. Therefore, it’s important to choose a location that gives easy access to your desired attractions. Luckily, Marina del Rey is a perfect place to make your home base when visiting Southern California. Located just four miles north of LAX and two miles south of Santa Monica, Marina del Rey is more relaxed compared to its neighboring towns. Plus, the seaside town is conveniently located near major freeways. 

Check out these popular So Cal attractions near Marina del Rey. We listed it in order of closest to farthest from L.A.’s Marina. 

**Per Los Angeles County Public Health (Sept. 7, 2021), starting Oct. 7, 2021, anyone heading to a theme park within Los Angeles county, including Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain, will have to show proof they have been vaccinated or received a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arriving. 


Santa Monica Pier

Distance from Marina: Approximately 5 miles

Play everything from arcades and carnival games to riding the roller coaster and bumper cars at Pacific Park. Watch surfers catch waves or enjoy sweeping views of the Los Angeles coastline from the pier. This popular attraction can be reached by bike, Circuit electric shuttle or car from the Marina.

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Universal Studios Hollywood

Distance from Marina: Approximately 24 miles

Did you know Universal Studios Hollywood is the only authentic, working movie studio and theme park in the world? Carve out a minimum of one day to discover rides and shows such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Jurassic World - The Ride, Despicable Me: Minion Mayem and the world-famous Studio Tour, a fun tram ride that takes visitors past sets from films like War of the Worlds, Psycho, Jaws and others.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Distance from Marina: Approximately 25 miles

The newly reopened studio tour kicks off with the "Storytelling Showcase," where you learn about the rich history of the studio and its films and television productions. The tour ends with the "Action and Magic Made Here," featuring props, costumes, and recreated sets from the D.C. Universe and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

Distance from Marina: Approximately 26 miles

Home to more than 12,000 animals, the Aquarium of the Pacific features animal exhibits along with educational programs for people of all ages, including numerous opportunities for up-close encounters, harbor tours, and watching fish including sharks and rays as well as playful penguins and other tropical species.

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Knotts Berry Farm

Distance from Marina: Approximately 33 miles

With dozens of world-class thrill rides, shows and family attractions, there is something for everyone at Knott's Berry Farm. Here you can spend the day taking on mammoth coasters, as well as experiencing Old Western adventures and of course, getting a hug from the world’s most loveable beagle – Snoopy.

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Distance from Marina: Approximately 38 miles

The Happiest Place on Earth is just a car ride away from the Marina in Anaheim. As Walt Disney’s very first theme park, Disneyland opened its doors in 1955. Disney fans can enjoy classic rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, and It’s a Small World as well as myriad stellar shows, parades, and plentiful meet-and-greets with characters throughout the day. Plan your day(s) exploring nearby Downtown Disney and Disney California Adventure Park.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain

Distance from Marina: Approximately 38 miles

Known as the “Thrill Capital of the World,” the 260-acre theme park is located in Valencia, which is north of Los Angeles. Six Flags Magic Mountain features world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games, and attractions for the entire family and was voted by USA TODAY readers as America’s Best Theme Park. This location is a bit more inland so check the weather before you go, especially during the warm summer months. Luckily, Hurricane Harbor next door (their water park) is open late May through the summer.

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