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10 Ways to Celebrate Dads and Grads in MDR

In Los Angeles, there are plenty of reasons to gather with loved ones. In June, it’s Father’s Day, graduations, and the end of the school year, just to name a few. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to celebrate without the usual L.A. frenzy, look no further than Marina del Rey. This charming seaside escape offers the ideal backdrop for creating special memories. Keep reading for 10 fantastic ways to celebrate dads, grads, and everything in between in Marina del Rey!

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1. Plan a Weekend Getaway

Honor the dad or grad in your life with a getaway to Marina del Rey! Begin your vacation by checking into stylish, resort-style hotels with stunning views of the water, sunset, and sailboats. Ready to find your perfect stay? Click below to explore the best accommodations in Marina del Rey.

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2. Enjoy a Weekend Brunch on the Waterfront

Take advantage of patio season and book a table at waterfront restaurants in the marina for weekend brunch. Treat Dad to his favorite sweet and savory breakfast and lunch dishes, then walk it off along the promenade and watch for sailboats and sea lions in the harbor. Click button below for our waterfront dining guide.

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3. Party on a Dining Cruise

Dress up and hop aboard a dining cruise for an unforgettable Father's Day or graduation celebration! Sip cocktails on the open-air top deck, soak in the stunning water views, and relax as the yacht glides through the harbor. Plus, this on-the-water experience is suitable for all ages. Ready for your perfect cruise experience? Click button for more information.

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4. Soar above the Pacific

Take Father's Day or graduation to new heights with parasailing in Los Angeles! Opt for a 500' or 800' adventure departing from Marina del Rey and soar above the ocean for a breathtaking view. Make reservations in advance by calling 310-306-2222 or click button for more information.

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Marina del Rey Duchess Pub

5. Celebrate on Ducchess Pub

Toast to the father or scholar in style aboard Marina del Rey's latest sensation: the Duchess Pub! With room for 26 passengers, this pedal-powered pontoon boat offers harbor tours for all ages. Equipped with 12 pedaling stations, a roomy backbench, top-notch sound system, and dazzling party lights, it's a floating fiesta waiting to happen. Bring your own snacks and drinks aboard and get ready for a two-hour open boat mixer tour starting at just $79 per person—or opt for a private tour starting at $1,106 plus tax and fees. Click button for more details.

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6. Reel in the Fun

Celebrate Dads or grads with a sportfishing adventure with the crew! Jump aboard an open-party fishing trip and set sail on Santa Monica Bay, ready to reel in halibut, yellowtail, sea bass, and more. Click button to learn more about sportfishing yacht charter options!

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7. Ultimate Escape Room Fun

Gather your squad for an exciting adventure in Marina del Rey's Ultimate Escape Room! Race against the clock to solve puzzles and unlock clues before time runs out—it's the ultimate test of teamwork and wit. Ready to embark on your thrilling escape? Click the button for all the details!

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8. Paddle in the Harbor

Mark Father's Day, graduations, and the start of summer by renting kayaks and stand-up paddleboards in L.A.'s Marina. Explore the harbor's tranquil waters, soaking in the picturesque views and enjoying quality time with family and friends. Rent from the following outfitters at Mother's Beach: Paddle Method, ProSUP Shop, or YOGAqua. You can also rent from Marina del Rey Boat Rentals,at Fisherman's Village. We recommend making advance reservations for rentals.

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9. Rent a Boat

Set sail for an unforgettable celebration! Hire a skipper to navigate while you party on the open sea with family and friends. Prefer adventure? Opt for a deep-sea fishing excursion or a thrilling whale-watching tour. If you want to captain your own vessel, rent a powerboat or a cozy electric duffy boat by the hour. Ready to dive into more details? Click the button below for a list of yacht charters based in the Marina!

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10. Two-Wheeled Adventures

Whether you're celebrating Father's Day, a graduation, or simply soaking up the California sun on a gorgeous summer day, renting bikes and cruising along the coast is the perfect adventure for all. Enjoy the scenic views as you pedal along the waterfront. Complimentary bike rentals are available at some of the local hotels; or rent bikes and equipment at either Daniel's Bikes at Fisherman's Village or Perry's Cafe along the oceanfront boardwalk. Click button to download the bike trail map.

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