Touting one of the largest manmade harbors in the country, Marina del Rey is a waterfront playground full of activities perfect for team-building and group excursions.
Charter a private vessel and hit the open waters of the Pacific on a deep-sea fishing excursion with Marina del Rey Sportfishing. Coordinate friendly competition among your team with a mini sailing regatta with Blue Water Sailing or Blue Pacific Boating. Build team spirit with group rowing lessons from the Whitehall Spirit Rowing Club or through the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center. Let loose in the Marina channel on rented jet skis, kayaks, or power boats from Marina del Rey Boat Rentals. Soar above land on an exhilarating parasailing excursion with Marina del Rey Parasailing. Entertain groups and mingle with locals on a sunset cocktail or blues cruise with Hornblower Cruises & Events.
If land-based fun is more your beat, you'll still find plenty of outdoor options. Plan a relaxing nature walk and bird-watching expedition along the south jetty, which borders Ballona Wetlands – a freshwater marsh filled with birds and other wildlife. Group tours and hands-on restoration projects are also available at the wetlands. For a more active jaunt, round up the team for a bike ride or power walk along the 22-mile Marvin Braude coastal bicycle trail that winds through the heart of the Marina and hugs the beaches to the north and south.
For groups wanting to explore the surrounding area, look no further than the next town over – artsy, eclectic Venice Beach. Turn your conference into a tourist adventure by visiting the illustrious Ocean Front Walk, where you'll be entertained by artists, street performers, and other characters. Groups can take in the world-famous Muscle Beach and participate in a pick-up game of basketball on the beachside courts. A softer outing can include a stroll through the picturesque Venice Canals or a jaunt along hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard – a shopping district lined with funky boutiques and trendy eateries. Continue your adventure into Santa Monica, where groups can kick back at happy hour in one of many local watering holes, shop in unique boutiques, or let loose at late-night entertainment venues.
Additional Marina Del Rey Information/History
Once a large estuary, Marina del Rey is one of the largest manmade harbors in the United States. Even though it's only 807 acres (half of which are underwater), the community is bursting with waterside eateries, boutique shops, outdoor recreation, and entertainment. On any given day, visitors to Marina del Rey can take in an outdoor concert, board a 32-foot luxury gondola, explore walking trails, charter a yacht, or parasail above the harbor.
One popular gathering place is Fisherman's Village, a New England seaport-themed destination that includes a few full-service restaurants as well as walk-up casual eateries. The Village also hosts weekend concerts on the plaza, and it serves as the boarding place for several water-based activities and bus tours headed for other neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
The stylish Waterside center is home to dozens of upscale shops, restaurants, and spa services. For more shopping, visitors are just a few minutes' drive from Venice's boutique-driven Abbott Kinney Boulevard as well as Santa Monica's famous Third Street Promenade.
Marina del Rey is also home to 10-acre Burton Chace Park, a scenic public place that juts out into the main channel and features a multi-purpose room, picnic areas, pergolas, guest docks, and barbecue areas; free concerts and movies are offered in the summer months at the park. One of the last remaining marshes in Los Angeles, Ballona Wetlands, is available for group tours and hands-on restoration activities, and a public walking trail is open daily.
Marina del Rey boasts more than a dozen group-friendly waterfront eateries in close proximity to the community's hotels, serving innovative cuisine to please every palate. In fact, the community features more than 60 restaurants within a two-mile radius. Restaurant options include Cafe Del Rey, which serves sophisticated California Mediterranean cuisine in a romantic, waterfront setting. Whiskey Red's serves California cuisine in a tropical setting, complete with full-service event planning for group gatherings. Tony P's Dockside Grill serves generous portions of steak, seafood, and pasta in a cozy, harbor-facing setting, and the Warehouse Restaurant – one of the first businesses to open in Marina Del Rey – serves delicious steaks, chops, and fresh fish in a whimsical, fun Polynesian atmosphere. Finally, the legendary Killer Shrimp, known for its signature spicy shrimp dish, is an edgy 5,000-square-foot eatery graced with intimate booths, family-style tables, and private dining space. The California contemporary Chart House restaurant offers up seafood and steak for up to 215 with a waterside view.