Want to spend a day doing some super cool and unique activities you can’t find anywhere else? 

Well look no further than Venice’s neighbor to the south, the gem of L.A., and the crown of the coast, Marina Del Rey!   Whether you want sailing, fishing, paddle boarding, yachting, or any number of water based things , Marina del Rey is the jam.  Or if you are looking for leisure on dry land, they have that as well.  Fantastic restaurants, bike trails, green parks, out door concerts, are just a fraction of what is available in MDR.

Fun fact:  Marina del Rey’s the Marina is the world’s largest man-made small craft harbor with 19 marinas.  It has the capacity for 5,300 boats and is home port to approximately 6,500 boats.

MARINA PARKING:  Public Lot #4 – 13500 Mindanao Way.  Public Lot #5 – 4545 Admiralty Way and Dock 52 – 13501 Fiji Way.  Marina del Rey, 90292

View fun things to do in Marina del Rey below!

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SUGGESTED VENICE PAPARAZZI MARINA ACTIVITIES: 

  • Visit Fisherman’s Village!   Fisherman’s Village is a 1970s’ era replica of a New England seaport and ishing town. You can still 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.
  • Have a beach day at Mother’s Beach!  Swimming (no surfing), children’s playground, picnic tables, windsurfing, kayaking, free boat launch for hand-carried boats, restaurants, hotels, restrooms, showers.
  • Visit Burton Chase Park!  Burton W. Chace Park has 10 acres of lush lawn and trees that extend into the Marina’s main channel. Here you will find magnificent boat and ocean vistas.  In addition, the park offers picnic tables, barbecues, pergolas, picnic shelters, guest docks, and is host to numerous year-round events.

Marina del Rey, California. Photo by www.VenicePaparazzi.com

  • Paddle boarding is a must do activity!
  • Go Deep Sea fishing or Whale watching.  
  • Take a sailing lesson.   

  • View the sights of  Marina del Rey with Hornblower Cruises and Events.   If you want to cruise Marina del Rey, Hornblower has every option imaginable, including Marina del Rey dinner cruises, Marina del Rey brunch cruises, Marina del Rey holiday parties, Marina del Rey team-building cruises, Marina del Rey bachelorette parties, Marina del Rey weddings, Marina del Rey school events and dances, and more. Take a Marina del Rey cruise any time of the year. Planning a Los Angeles wedding? Hornblower will take care of all the details, beginning with your private Marina del Rey cruise. Need a Los Angeles boat for a party? Choose from among our beautiful fleet, and treat your guests to an unforgettable experience they can’t get anywhere else.
  • Sweat, cycle and stretch at Beyond Bikram!   Beyond Bikram located in the heart of Venice/Marina Del Rey is a hybrid studio featuring traditional Bikram Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Indoor Cycling classes all with a no risk, all reward philosophy.
  • Free Beach Shuttle to Fisherman’s Village, Waterside Shopping Center, Mother’s Beach and Venice Pier.  Enjoy the surf, sand, and surroundings of Marina del Rey in a hassle-free and relaxing way.

 

  • Waterside Shopping Center has amazing shopping!
  • Visit or join the California Yacht Club!  The California Yacht Club is among the top private clubs in the nation! For over ninety years their yachting tradition and history has beckoned those who love the water as well as those that love to socialize and live life to the fullest.
  • Eat organic or buy groceries at Rainbow Acres.
  • Watch the games at the Marina’s best kept secret Tony P’s Tavern!   The tavern is home to over 100 beers, 50 wines by the glass and eight 65″ Hi- Def TVs.   Rock!
  • Visit the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library.   The library has a large nautical collection.

Tony P's

The best places to dine in Marina del Rey!  

  • Tony P’s Dockside and Grill has the best steak, seafood, outside dining, beer selection, bar food, blood Mary! Westside #1 Sports Tavern and Happy Hour.  One of top three fish and chips, American BBQ and martinis! Weekend Breakfast with Bottomless Mimosas at Tony P’s! Great patio with Marina view! Happy Hour Mon-Thurs. 3-6 p.m. Fri.’til 7p.m.  4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, California, CA – 90292.  www.TonyPs.com

 

  • Enjoy brunch, cocktails, a California sunset, and dinner on the water in Marina del Rey with Hornblower Cruises and Events.   If you want to cruise Marina del Rey, Hornblower has every option imaginable, including Marina del Rey dinner cruises, Marina del Rey brunch cruises, Marina del Rey holiday parties, Marina del Rey team-building cruises, Marina del Rey bachelorette parties, Marina del Rey weddings, Marina del Rey school events and dances, and more. Take a Marina del Rey cruise any time of the year. Planning a Los Angeles wedding? Hornblower will take care of all the details, beginning with your private Marina del Rey cruise. Need a Los Angeles boat for a party? Choose from among our beautiful fleet, and treat your guests to an unforgettable experience they can’t get anywhere else.  Hornblower.com

 

Marina del Rey, California. Photo by www.VenicePaparazzi.com

  • Brennan’s is great!  Fantastic food, weekend brunch, a giant outdoor patio, games, turtle races, live music an more.  Turtle Races every first and  third Thursday each month @ 9pm.  Friday Pie Day!  Fridays from 4-7pm come enjoy complimentary cheese and pepperoni pizza on our patio… accompanied by live acoustic music!  Open daily 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM.  For Brennan’s events and live music info4089 Lincoln Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292  |  424.443.5119 .  For Brennan’s menus, events and live music info:   brennansla.com

 

  • Get an ice cold brew and a burger at Simmzy’s!   Simmzy’s is the undisputed Beers, Burgers, and Bites Boss of Washington Square!   They have it all: 26 ice cold taps of carefully curated craft brew, an ultra fresh menu with  offerings including  the Big Blue Bacon Deluxe Burger, seared albacore salad, shrimp po boy, Brussel sprouts, fish tacos, and more,  as well as a super chill, friendly staff.    37 W. Washington Blvd. Venice, CA 90292.  424-835-6580.  www.simmzys.com

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  • Grab a coffee, salad, sandwich or juice at The Cow’s End Cafe, and walk the 1,300 foot Venice Pier The Cow’s End Cafe… Family Owned Since 1989   “Where the Locals Hang …and where the Local Pooch Hangs Out!”    34 Washington Blvd . Marina del Rey, California.  thecowsendcafe.com

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SUMMER MARINA DEL REY EVENTS:

Thanks to VisitMarinadelRey.com for the following fun MDR activities!

Thursdays, through Sept. 27 — Beach Eats.   Beach Eats is a weekly food truck gathering at Marina “Mother’s” Beach on summer Thursdays through September 27, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. New this year, enjoy live music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. while you picnic by the sea! Bring your own beach chair and enjoy the free show.Visitmarinadelrey.com/beacheats; 424-526-7900.

Explore the Marina with the Marina del Rey WaterBus!  Thursdays –Sundays, through Sept. 3 .  (Summer activity) Park your car and take our WaterBus for a unique water’s-eye view of Marina del Rey. Eight boarding stops throughout the Marina offer opportunities to shop, dine, and recreate in one of the most beautiful Southern California residential and tourist areas.  Bikes and strollers welcome aboard.  Treat your family and friends!  Best time ever!

Rides are just $1 each way. Service is offered Thursday–Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bikes and strollers are allowed. Sorry, no pets. Download a map at visitmarinadelrey.com/transportation; 424-526-7900

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Summer Concert Series.  Starts July 12th.   Kicking off this annual series is Opera by the Shore on July 12. Emerging opera stars from the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition will perform along the water in arias and ensembles from best-loved operas in this always-popular concert. Maestro Frank Fetta conducts the Marina del Rey Symphony. Details and season lineup at visitmarinadelrey.com/concerts; 424-526-7900.

July 13, Aug. 10 . KJAZZ Nothin’ But the Blues Cruises.  Jazz up your weekend with cool tunes from hot regional blues musicians. Hornblower Cruises & Events offers this summer series of live music cruises in the scenic Marina del Rey harbor. Dance under the stars, sip craft cocktails, and enjoy a gourmet seated dinner with your date or group. Reserve early. http://bit.ly/mdrblues; 310-301-6000.

Marina Movie Nights.  Starts July 14.  A screening of La La Land kicks off a trio of free movie nights at Burton Chace Park. Movies start at 8 p.m., but come early at 6 p.m. to enjoy a participatory dance class on theme with the evening’s film. This one is a tap class. http://bit.ly/2018flicks; 424-526-7900.

Weekend Concerts at Fisherman’s Village. Starts July 14.   Break out your dancing shoes!  Enjoy free concerts on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Fisherman’s Village. R&B from Higher Ground on Saturday, and salsa from the Susie Hansen Latin Band on Sunday. Spring and summer hours: 2-5 p.m. July’s full lineup:  http://bit.ly/july18fv; 424-526-7900.

Marina del Rey, California. Photo by www.VenicePaparazzi.com

ANNUAL MARINA DEL REY EVENTS:

  • 42nd Annual MDR Halibut Derby.
  • Weekend concerts at Fisherman’s Village.
  • Marina del Rey Summer Concert schedule.
  • Summer Concerts at Burton Chase Park.
  • Enjoy vintage yachts and restored classic cars  at the “Old Fashioned Day in the Park”
  • Snow Wonder at Burton Chase Park
  • Polar Plunge in Marina Del Rey.
  • Los Angeles Boat Show.
  • Tony P’s Dockside Grill’s Summer Beer Dinner
  • ARTsea
  • 4th of July Fireworks.
  • Annual Marina del Rey Boat Parade
  • Check out visitmarinadelrey.com for all event info.

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Marina del Rey, California. Photo by www.VenicePaparazzi.com

For additional info on Marina del Rey, visit  www.visitmarinadelrey.com  or  beaches.lacounty.gov