Fun and Free Things to Do When Visiting Marina Del Rey

Whether you’re looking for fun on land or water, you’ll find it in Marina del Rey. Located west of Los Angeles, California, along the Pacific Coast, this beautiful area has plenty to offer. This article looks at the many events and free things to do in this exciting locale.

The Great Outdoors

Head over to Marina del Rey Boat Rentals if you’d like to hit the water. You can rent a kayak, sailboat, or powerboat here to launch off a California beach by the hour or half or full day. If you aren’t interested in being the captain of your own vessel, The UCLA Marine Aquatic Center provides sunset paddle rides, kayak rides, marine life kayak tours, and bird watching kayak tours. If fishing is your passion, Marina del Rey Sportsfishing provides morning and evening fishing tours that will put you in the prime spot to catch yellowtail bass, sea bass, and halibut.

You can get a ticket for a high-speed catamaran ride to Catalina Island for a day at the Catalina-Marina del Rey Flyer. For a romantic experience in the great outdoors, take your sweetie on a romantic 32-foot Italian gondola ride off California beach shores at Gondola D’Amore.

Unique Shopping

Within a short distance away from this gorgeous destination, you’ll find unique boutiques and stores. Villa Marina Marketplace, the largest shopping center in the area, has over 60 stores, restaurants, and movie theaters and hosts several special events throughout the year. With live music while weekend shopping, Waterside at Marina del Rey offers spectacular shops featuring jewelry, clothing, and accessories.

Festival boutiques that sit along the boardwalk of Venice Beach, which is a California beach near Marina del Rey, offer an exceptional experience. In addition to incredible boutiques, you’ll find lots of street vendors at Venice Beach selling everything from souvenirs to one of a kind art pieces. There are plenty of free things to do at Venice Beach, including bringing your dog for a walk, rollerblading, watching street artists perform, and listening to live music. If you visit at the right time, you might even enjoy a festival or other special events in this area.

Check out Main Street in Marina del Rey for surf clothing, distinctive jewelry, funny hats, and incredible artwork. With many free things to do, including people watching, you’ll enjoy a trip to Main Street.

Delicious Dining

If you’d like a more relaxed dinner experience, check out Tony P’s Dockside Grill & Tavern. With big screen televisions set to sports channels, you can sit back to enjoy a beer and a game between your favorite team and its biggest rival. For a more upscale meal, choose Glow, popular for its live music and outdoor eating areas. The Warehouse Restaurant near the harbor offers an exotic menu along with live music and salsa dance lesson on Friday nights. You’ll find live jazz music on Saturday nights.

Whether you’re interested in a festival, special events, shopping, dining, or some time in the great outdoors, you’ll find it all in this amazing vacation destination, including plenty of free things to do.

Karen Phillips writes for Visit Marina del Rey. They offer information on free things to do when visiting this beautiful vacation destination.

Looking Into the Interior of Things

Rarely today do we meet with real timeless practical wisdom of the ages. This is why I love the sage, Balthasar Gracian, and why I so love to pull his wizardry apart piece by piece to put it back together.

This is what he says toward guarding judgment until the appropriate time:

“Lies always come first, dragging fools along by their irreparable vulgarity. Truth always lags last, limping along on the arm of Time. The wise therefore reserve for it the other half of that power which the common mother has wisely given in duplicate. Deceit is very superficial, and the superficial therefore easily fall into it. Prudence lives retired within its recesses, visited only by sages and wise men.”

The following may be drawn from this saying:

We don’t always judge things correctly first time around.

The truth is often not presented first up. People have many motives for misrepresenting the truth besides being plain wrong. Non-truth can be promoted via slips, lapses, mistakes and violations–all common to ‘human error.’

Truth may ‘limp along’ finally in last position, but it always comes, eventually. It is therefore the safest position to be on i.e. the side of truth, when it arrives/is revealed.

Patience is required in extracting benefit from truth.

The ‘common mother,’ or our innate natures, has provided for our ability to wait on the truth. But first we must stop or control our desires.

Like attracts like. The superficial seek out the superficial. If we’re adept at looking deeply into things i.e. into their interior, seeing the fine print, we’ll not often stop at the superficial, initial presentation of ‘fact.’
And the final sentence sheds light on where we need to be.

The prudent live not only aware of the presence of deceit, they live in ‘its recesses,’ being part of the lattice of deceit but very much apart from it. They do this because they know they can’t escape deceit; it’s inevitable in this world. So they gird themselves in it to protect themselves from it. And from this standpoint they can simultaneously be as cunning as a snake but as pure as a dove (Matthew 10:16).

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Steve Wickham is a registered safety practitioner (BSc, MSIA, RSP) and a qualified, unordained Christian minister (GradDipBib&Min). He also has training and leadership Diplomas. His passion in vocation is facilitation and coaching; encouraging people to soar to a higher value of their potential. Steve’s key passion is work / life balance and re-creating value for living, and an exploration of the person within us.