Updated for 2024
Marina del Rey is a small coastal community located four miles north of Los Angeles International Airport. It’s the perfect setting for outdoor activities and you’ll find so many things to do with kids.
11 Fun Family Activities in Marina del Rey
13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
This small outdoor area is reminiscent of a New England waterfront town. Many of the shops have closed over the years, though a few stores and restaurants do still remain. Young children will enjoy the chance to spot different wildlife, as will have fun watching the boats and kayaks. During the summer months, Fisherman’s Village hosts free musical concerts on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Mother’s Beach (aka Marina Beach)
4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Locals call it “Mother’s Beach,” because this beach is a good spot to bring young children to, without any worry of large waves. Here you’ll find a children’s playground, picnic tables, and “gentle beach access” so kids can splash and play. Once known as a polluted beach, the area and water have been cleaned up with a new filtration system and now receives an A grade from Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card.
Burton W. Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA
The Burton W. Chace Park is the largest park in Marina del Rey. You’ll find picnic tables and barbecues, multi-purpose rooms, and 10 acres of greenery. The Park hosts special events throughout the year, including free summer concerts. For cycling enthusiasts, the Park is also located on the South Bay Bicycle Trail (which extends from Pacific Palisades to Torrance).
Lloyd Taber – Marina del Rey Library
4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
When you need a break from fun in the sun, head to the Lloyd Taber – Marina del Rey Library. (It’s part of the Country of Los Angeles Public Library System). In recognition of its location, this branch offers a special “Nautical Collection” for those interested in small boats. The Library also hosts special events, including regular children’s story times. Though small, the Library boasts impressive Marina views. (The Library is closed on Sundays).
Stand Up Paddleboarding
4601 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
There are no shortage of things to do in Marina del Ray, and SUP (or Stand Up Paddleboarding) is certainly a fun choice. There are several places to rent from or get lessons. Check the Marina del Rey Visitors Bureau website for all the options.
Marina del Rey Certified Farmers’ Market
corner of Via Marina and Panay Way (next to The Cheesecake Factory)
Each Saturday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, your family will be tempted by all the offerings at the Marina del Rey Farmers’ Market. You’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, prepared foods, handcrafted items, and more.
Yvonne B. Burke Park
4350 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
The Yvonne B. Burke Park isn’t like “regular” parks. Here, you’ll find a fitness circuit with plenty of signs describing related exercises. You can pick and choose among stations to create the workout you want. There’s also a bike path (the Marvin Braude Bike Trail) running through the park. In fact, the Bike Trail runs from Pacific Palisades to Torrance and provides great views of Marina del Rey.
Waterside, Marina del Rey
4700 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
It’s one-stop-shopping at the Waterside, Marina del Rey. Here you’ll find a variety of stores (including a supermarket) and restaurants. There is something for everyone in this upscale plaza.
Marina del Rey WaterBus
13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA
The summer season for the Marina del Rey WaterBus begins in June! But plan ahead to take the family on this not-just-for-tourists-ride. The WaterBus offers eight different boarding stops throughout the Marina, offering access to different dining, shopping, and recreation activities. One-way tickets are $1 each, and strollers and bikes are welcome on board.
Marina del Rey Parasailing
13717 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA
If you’ve got older, thrill-seeking kids, consider a family parasailing adventure. Marina del Rey Parasailing offers rides at either 500 or 800 feet, and can accommodate two or three people at a time. Minimum age for participants is 6 years old. You’ll be treated to incredible views of the Santa Monica Bay! Reservations are required.
Related: Kayaking in Marina del Rey
Ballona Creek Bike Path
(park at Fisherman’s Village to access the bike path at the end of Fiji Way)
The Ballona Creek Bike Path begins in Culver City and travels to Marina del Rey. Ride as far as you’d like, based on your family’s preference and skill level. And while you’re out and pedaling, be on the lookout for a number of different birds you may see.
Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).
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