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Aubrey E. Austin Jr. Park and North Jetty5515 Pacific Avenue, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
This hidden gem in Marina del Rey offers a paved walkway and unobstructed views of the harbor’s main channel and airplanes departing from LAX. Savor the view from one of the park benches, which face southward toward the flight path. The paved walk is flanked by a thin ribbon of grass, perfect for taking your dog on a stroll. Walk all the way to the end to get a view of Venice Beach and the open ocean. Fishing from the jetty is allowed, with a California fishing license. (Fishing info here.) Limited parking is available in metered spots. Additionally, find County Parking Lot 13 nearby.
Burton W. Chace Park13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
This beautiful 10-acre park is a crown jewel of the Marina. Jutting out into the main channel, it offers one of the best viewing areas of the harbor. Hit the flat, paved walking path along the perimeter for a morning walk, or relax on a bench to watch the sunset over the sparkling water. Covered picnic pavilions and a smattering of uncovered tables, all with barbecue access, make for a great family gathering.
Dockweiler State Beach12001 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA, 90293
Located about 3 miles south of Playa del Rey, this inviting beach features 3.7 miles of shoreline, fire pits, an RV park, and over 2,000 regular vehicle parking spaces. The wide sandy beach lies beneath the departures flight path of LAX, offering fantastic belly views of airlines headed out over the Pacific. Lot entrance is at Vista del Mar and Imperial Highway.
Dockweiler Youth Center12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA, 90292
This multipurpose area at Dockweiler State Beach is for summer camps, special events, and community activities including an outdoor movie series in the summer. The ocean-facing building and terrace is available for private events, such as meetings, weddings, and parties.
Glen Alla Park4601 Alla Road, Marina del Rey CA 90292
This community park has a large playground and an expansive green space. A basketball court, tennis courts, and paddle tennis courts are available first come, first served. The site hosts a small farmers’ market on Friday mornings. Street parking.
Marina "Mother's" Beach4135 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
This peaceful 12-acre lagoon is easy walking distance from most of the Marina’s hotels. Staffed by lifeguards seasonally, the beach has playground equipment, sheltered picnic tables, and easy access to restrooms. These amenities and the cove’s lack of surf makes it ideal for families with young kids – an attribute that inspired its local nickname, Mother’s Beach.
Playa del Rey6600 Pacific Avenue, Playa del Rey, CA, 90293
Marina del Rey’s southern neighbor, Playa del Rey is a small, quiet community with a broad, low-key beach and a smattering of cafes, taverns, and boutiques nearby. The stretch of sand is technically part of Dockweiler State Beach, but this section is comparatively sleepy, perfect for those days when you want nothing but the sound of crashing waves to lull you into a midday nap in the sunshine. Playa del Rey is easily accessible from the Marina via the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail.
Santa Monica Beach200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, 90405
Santa Monica’s iconic amusement pier is the focal point of this tourist hot spot. From Marina del Rey, it’s easy to bike to Santa Monica Beach on the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail. Rent a bike at the Venice Pier and pedal about 3.5 miles north to reach the Santa Monica Pier area.
Venice Beach1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA, 90291
From the Marina’s northern side (closest to Washington Avenue), it’s only a half-mile walk to Venice Beach. Venice is famous for its Ocean Front Walk (a.k.a. Beach Boardwalk), bursting with lively street performers, vendors, cafes, a skate park, and the Muscle Beach outdoor gym. All of this is steps from the sand and surf. Several shops in Washington Square near the Venice Pier offer bikes and surf boards to rent by the hour or day.
Yvonne B. Burke Park4400 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
This narrow sliver of green space runs parallel to Admiralty Way in the heart of the Marina, and includes a free parcourse fitness circuit. The Marvin Braude Bike Trail runs through the park, which is named to honor Yvonne B. Burke, who represented Marina del Rey for 16 years on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. Parking is available in a pay-and-display lot at the north end, Lot #7 shown on this interactive map.