Activities By the Water


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.


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 access a downloadable PDF of a comprehensive map, including parking and restroom facility indicators. Many leisure cyclists break at the Marina’s Fisherman’s Village (13755 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. The village is also home to Daniel’s Bicycle Rentals & Sales. A few of our local hotels have rental bikes available for their guests; inquire with your hotel concierge or front desk.


13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

Observe the Marina’s variety of birdlife with a free guided tour of egrets, great blue herons, least terns and more. Begins at Burton Chace Park Community Room. Reservations Required. Freelance self-touring also encouraged. See seasonal schedule as it becomes available.

Burke Marina Walk Promenade

This wide, paved path meanders around the Marina, perfect for a leisurely stroll with views of yachts and paddleboarders on the harbor. The promenade also is an easy way to walk between the hotels and restaurants on Admiralty Way — makes it easy to plan a progressive dinner, sans car!

Burton Chace Park Walking Club

13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

Get your exercise while taking in the beautiful view of the Marina del Rey harbor in this free one-hour walking club. Every Tuesday and Thursday (year-round) from 10:30 am – 11:30 am in Burton Chace Park.

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. There are several restaurants, and a smattering of shops and galleries. You can also rent a boat, go parasailing, or take a harbor dining cruise on the weekends. Free weekend concerts year round.

Hang Gliding

12623 Gridley St. , Sylmar, CA, 91342

Windsports Soaring Center. Spend an afternoon soaring over Dockweiler State Beach, just south of Playa del Rey and minutes from the Marina. After a short orientation by pros, strap into a modern hang glider and soar away, with as many as ten flights in your first lesson.


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.

North Jetty Promenade and Marina Peninsula

Visit this narrow strip for spectacular views of the Marina’s main channel. The lovely adjacent neighborhood offers a path parallel to the Grand Canal, footbridge to the beach, and an inviting oceanfront walk.

Pier 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.

South Jetty Promenade

Spot the wetland’s great blue heron, study the collegiate rowing team graffiti along Ballona Creek channel, and take in the great views of the main channel, ending up at the pedestrian bridge to Playa del Rey Beach.

Spa del Rey

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! Spa del Rey is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey.


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. Court rentals are available for guests and non guests of the hotel. Contact the Concierge Desk

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

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 & End of Washington Boulevard

At the foot of venerable Venice Pier, enjoy lovely views of the shoreline and a lively beach scene. Then walk from there along Washington, a cozy district offering an appealing variety of bars and restaurants, shops and great people watching.