Activities By the Water

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Ballona Wetlands

Ballona Wetlands

303 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA, 90293

Hundreds of acres of salt and freshwater marsh are being restored in this eco-friendly tribute to nature at the Marina’s southern edge. Self-guided trails are available for strollers, and organized tours offered a few times a month – see schedule.

Biking

Biking

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Scenic Marina del Rey is located along the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail, a 22-mile coastal path between Will Rogers beach at the north end, and Torrance beach at the south end. Click this link to download a map of the route, including parking and restroom facility indicators. Many leisure cyclists break at the Marina’s Fisherman’s Village (13737 Fiji Way), where on weekends you can grab an ice cream cone and listen to free concerts on the plaza. Likewise, you can park your vehicle at the village (pay lot #1) and ride from there. Daniel’s Bicycle Rentals & Sale is also located at the village and offers hourly and daily rentals. A few local hotels have rental bikes available for their guests; inquire with your hotel concierge or front desk.

Burke Marina Walk Promenade

Burke Marina Walk Promenade

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

This wide paved path meanders around the Marina and offers unobstructed views of boats in the harbor. Enjoy a stroll along the promenade from any waterfront hotel to restaurants on Admiralty Way – the path makes it easy to plan a progressive dinner, sans car.

Burton Chace Park Walking Club

Burton Chace Park Walking Club

13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

Get some exercise while taking in the beautiful views of L.A.’s Marina at the waterfront Burton Chace Park. The club is free to join and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays (year-round) 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the park.

Fisherman's Village

Fisherman's Village

13737 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

Fisherman’s Village is a replica of a New England seaport and fishing town. You can stroll the quiet harborfront to enjoy views of the Marina, passing sailboats, and wildlife. There are several restaurants, the Marina del Rey Historical Society’s exhibit space, and a smattering of shops. Free live music is offered on the plaza on Saturday and Sunday afternoons year-round (weather depending); find the current lineup in our events calendar. The village is the boarding place for Hornblower’s year-round dining cruises and Marina del Rey Parasailing (closed November-February), as well as one of the Marina’s destinations for hourly and daily rentals of sailing and power boats, jet skis, kayaks, and paddleboards. Parking is available onsite for $1 per 20 minutes with a daily max of $15; two hours free with validation.

Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding

12501 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

After a short orientation by pros from Windsports Hang Gliding, strap into a modern hang glider and soar over Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey, located just minutes from the Marina.

 

Marina Athletic Club

Marina Athletic Club

4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

Weekly beach bootcamp on Marina (Mother’s) Beach. Also offers private training, semi private training, corporate training, and self-defense.

Marina del Rey Farmers Market

Marina del Rey Farmers Market

14101 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

Held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locals gather in this beachside setting to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, sample bites from vendors, enjoy sweet desserts, and admire hand-crafted gift items and floral arrangements. The Marina del Rey Farmers Market is held County Parking Lot #11, located at the corner of Via Marina & Panay Way, next to The Cheesecake Factory. Parking is available for $1 per hour.

North Jetty and Marina Peninsula

North Jetty and Marina Peninsula

Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

Visit this narrow promenade for spectacular views of the Marina’s main channel. From this vantage point, you can observe airplanes taking off from LAX and flying out over the Pacific. The adjacent neighborhood (the “Silver Strand”) offers a walking path that parallels the Grand Canal, a footbridge to the beach, and an inviting oceanfront path. Limited metered parking is available along Via Marina at Pacific Avenue. L.A. County Parking Lot #13 at 4601 Via Marina has additional spaces and a pay-and-display kiosk.

Pier & Jetty Fishing

Pier & Jetty Fishing

Find your next catch in the Marina. Licensed fishing is permitted at the north and south jetties, as well as Venice Pier, which doesn’t require a license. Licenses and bait are easy to buy at West Marine and/or Marina del Rey Sportfishing’s bait dock (located at Fisherman’s Village).

Sisley Spa

Sisley Spa

4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Luxurious spa featuring eight treatment rooms, manicure/pedicure stations, and a eucalyptus steam room. Massage treatments, body scrubs, facials, nail services, and more! Sisley Spa is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey.

South Jetty Promenade

South Jetty Promenade

Walk from Fisherman’s Village on Fiji Way and follow this promenade (also the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail at this point) all the way to the ocean. Immediately south is Ballona Creek, then Playa del Rey and Dockweiler Beach. Keep an eye out for a great blue heron in the adjacent Ballona Wetlands. Take in the sunset and views of sailboats leaving the harbor for Santa Monica Bay.

Tennis

Tennis

4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Enjoy a game of tennis with incredible views of the marina and boats as your backdrop. Non-hotel guests are able to use the courts if they are registered for lessons with Elite Raquet Sports.

Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk

Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk

Stroll the boardwalk for loads of fun in the sun and free entertainment. With sidewalk vendors and performers, shops, beachfront cafes and famed Muscle Beach, it’s most lively on weekends–and a favorite with visitors and locals alike for its freewheeling atmosphere.

Venice Canals

Venice Canals

Inspired by Venice, Italy, magnate Abbot Kinney created a maze of canals, quaint pedestrian bridges and lushly landscaped footpaths over 100 years ago. Come explore this cozy neighborhood’s unique charms, just blocks from the Marina.

Venice Pier & Washington Square

Venice Pier & Washington Square

The Venice Pier is easy walking or biking distance from the north side of the Marina. Much quieter than the nearby Santa Monica Pier (which houses its own amusement park), the Venice Pier is a wonderful place for a quiet stroll to take in beach views or a quintessential sunset. A parking lot is located on-site; in the key summer months, it usually fills early. Rent bikes at the pier from Perry’s and hit the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail—head north to explore the Venice Beach Boardwalk and Santa Monica. Washington Boulevard dead-ends at the Venice Pier, and the final block (locally referred to as Washington Square) is chock-full of restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops. Turn onto Dell off of Washington to find the famous Venice Canals.