Day Trips

Day trips around Los Angeles is easy when you stay in Marina del Rey. We’re close to everything in Los Angeles — just 15 minutes north of LAX and a short drive to many of L.A.’s top attractions including SoFi Stadium, Downtown L.A. and Hollywood. Read below for some of the best day trips to nearby areas. *We listed attractions near Marina del Rey by distance (closest to farthest from MDR). 

Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park

Santa Monica

Distance from Marina: Approximately 4 miles / 6.5 kilometers

Santa Monica Pier’s Pacific Park has everything from arcades and carnival games to riding the roller coaster and bumper cars. Here, you can find surfers riding waves or enjoy sweeping views of the Los Angeles coastline. You can easily bike 4 miles along the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail from Marina del Rey. Or, take the Circuit electric shuttle, rideshare or drive a car. 

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Abbott Kinney and Venice Boardwalk

Distance from Marina del Rey: 1.5 miles / 2.4 kilometers

For a more eclectic L.A. shopping experience, this walkable neighborhood in Venice just north of Marina del Rey is filled with independently owned boutiques and art galleries perfect for a day’s exploration. Sip refreshments at chic cafes or wine bars in between your trip. While in Venice, check out the bodybuilders at “Muscle Beach,” and pause for a photo op at the Venice Canal Historic District. Circuit provides transportation to this area with service offered daily, 12:30-9 p.m.

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Golf driving range with screen at Top Golf El Segundo

Top Golf El Segundo

Distance from Marina del Rey: 6.5 miles / 10.4 kilometers

Whether you’re a newbie at golf or on your way to the Masters tournament, this impressive venue featuring fun golf games in a high-tech driving range will keep you entertained and perhaps motivated to work on your swing. While playing games, you can order food and drinks from their full-service bar and restaurant or you can retreat to their swanky lounge for more drinks and games. Kids and adults of all skill levels are welcome. Reservations are highly recommended for this newly opened location.

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SoFi Stadium

Distance from Marina del Rey: 8 miles / 12 kilometers

The new home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams football teams is a state-of-the art indoor-outdoor stadium located on a 298-acre development in Inglewood. Check out our insider tips (click here) if you’re staying in MDR and heading to SoFi Stadium. Did you know they offer guided tours of the stadium? Click here for more information.  

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Beverly Hills

Distance from Marina del Rey: 10 miles / 16 kilometers

If the words shopping and Rodeo Drive are on your must-do list in L.A., then plan a day trip to this luxury shopping mecca. Marvel at luxurious hotels, sprawling estates, and upscale restaurants. You’ll also find numerous luxury spa and salon options, many of which require reservations far in advance.

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Getty Museum and Getty Villa

Distance from Marina del Rey: 10 miles / 16 kilometers (Museum); 9 miles / 14.5 kilometers (Villa)

The J. Paul Getty Museum in northwest Los Angeles and its sister, the Getty Villa in Malibu, should top any art-lover’s itinerary. These two institutions—both offer free admission—house international paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography from its beginnings to the present. The Los Angeles location boasts a sprawling campus with expansive gardens and an overlook. The Villa is prized for its focus on Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. 

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Hollywood / West Hollywood

Distance from Marina del Rey: 12 miles / 19 kilometers

Home to movie studios and the iconic Hollywood sign, you can spend a day looking for your favorite stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Perhaps catch a movie at the El Capitan Theater or TCL Chinese Theater located in the heart of Hollywood? Head to Hollywood & Highland Center, which has an overlook on the restaurant level with a fantastic view of the Hollywood Sign. West Hollywood is a destination in its own right, offering trendy dining, famous comedy clubs, and other nightlife.

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Downtown Los Angeles

Distance from Marina del Rey: 14 miles / 22 kilometers 

Explore major event venues including the Arena and Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy Museum, The Broad Museum, and Olvera Street. Several popular ethnic neighborhoods are located nearby; try authentic dining options in Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Historic Filipinotown, and Koreatown.

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Universal Studios Hollywood

Distance from Marina del Rey: 24 miles / 39 kilometers

Go behind the scenes of favorite films and television shows at this Los Angeles theme park. The adjacent CityWalk entertainment district offers tons of dining and shopping, as well as nightclubs. 

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Pacific Aquarium exterior building

Aquarium of the Pacific

Distance from Marina del Rey: 26 miles / 41 kilometers

The Aquarium of the Pacific is home to more than 12,000 animals and features animal exhibits along with educational programs for people of all ages. Enjoy up-close encounters, harbor tours, and intimate moments near sharks and rays as well as playful penguins and other tropical species. 

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Mickey Mouse in front of castle at Disneyland Anaheim, attraction near Marina del Rey


Distance from Marina del Rey: 38 miles / 61 kilometers

Experience the wonder of the Magic Kingdom at the one and only original Disneyland Park. Meet your favorite Disney characters, enjoy the nightly parade and ride vintage thrillers like the Matterhorn Bobsleds or Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Tea Party spinning cups. Make sure to check out new attractions at the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed land. 

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