Our 4 Favorite Things to Do in Marina del Rey
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Our 4 Favorite Things to Do in Marina del Rey

Sarah Kesterson

The beginning of summer is the perfect time to spend time exploring new places and activities. Marina del Rey is a fantastic place to get out and enjoy finding something new. Whether you want to get out on the water, explore the local area, or find a café where you can enjoy a view of the bay, there’s an option here to suit anyone’s tastes. Here are our four favorite things to do in Marina del Rey.

Kayak and Paddle Board Tour with Sea Lions

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The kayak and stand up paddle board tours are a great way to get out and see the beauty of Marina del Rey firsthand. The tour begins on a sailboat that takes off from Mother’s Beach. From there, you can hop on your kayak or paddle board and paddle your way towards the main channel of Marina del Rey. A guide provides information about kayaking/paddle boarding techniques and safety, as well as about the local wildlife and environment. You have the opportunity to see a variety of marine life, including sea lions, dolphins, and birds! In addition, you can admire all the extraordinary boats surrounding the Marina. This tour is a great way to take in all the sights of Marina del Rey while enjoying a fun outdoor activity with your friends or family. Learn more about it here.

Cruise on a Private Sailboat Tour

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Grab your closest family and friends for one of our most favorite (and one of the newest) things to do in Marina del Rey: a small-group sailboat tour! You’ll board the storied vessel in the “marina” part of Marina del Rey. After receiving your complimentary Champagne, Captain Joe will take you out into the bay. Cruise up the coast (catching sights of Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, and even the luxurious Malibu) while chatting with your loved ones and listening to an expertly curated playlist, specially made for your trip. Keep your eyes peeled for migrating whales, surfing celebrities, or for our sunset cruise offerings, even some impromptu fireworks. Hey, you never know what you’ll find on the ocean! Secure a spot on the waitlist here.

Stroll the Venice Canals

Our 4 Favorite Things to Do in Marina del Rey
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The Venice Canals are a taste of Europe right here in California. Inspired by Venice and created by Abbot Kinney over 100 years ago, this maze of canals sports picturesque water views, unique pedestrian bridges, and beautifully landscaped walkways. Only blocks from the Marina, the Venice canals offer a bit of serenity for those looking for a peaceful afternoon stroll away from the busy waterfront. Surrounded by gorgeous houses and lots of greenery, the canals also make for great photo opportunities. The many pedestrian bridges make it easy to explore the area and appreciate the natural beauty of the Venice Canals.

Explore Fisherman’s Village

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For those of you looking to explore the area away from the beachside, you can take a walk through Fisherman’s Village. Fisherman’s Village was designed to look like a New England fishing town and sits just on the southeast side of Marina del Rey. Fisherman’s Village consists of an assortment of shops, restaurants, and cafés. Normally, there are bands and live performances throughout the Village every weekend. There are also a variety of brunch and dinner cruises that depart from Fisherman’s Village every week. Take a stroll along the waterfront to enjoy stunning views of the harbor front or enjoy a meal and a cup of coffee at one of the cafes. Many of the eateries here boast gorgeous views of the bay from their outdoor seating.

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