August 7th, 2018


September may be just a month away and school may be starting up before you know it (next week!), but trust us, summertime is showing no signs of slowing down. The sun is shining bright, the temperatures are perfection and the outdoor fun is beckoning more than ever. There are a ton of summery activities in play in and around Marina del Rey, including some you may not have dived into yet! Here are a few for your to-do list before autumn sneaks on the scene.


If you aren’t already spending at least SOME of your summer weekends by a sparkling pool (like one of the gorgeous pools at the Marina’s best waterfront communities), then you’re big-time missing out. So here are some of your best options for refreshing summer dips!

Sunday Boat House at the Marina del Rey Hotel is happening every Sunday through September 2nd and it’s definitely a scene—which yes, comes with a side of major pool fun. If you’re looking for some grown-up fun in the sun, this is it. Noon to 6 pm—no cover charge.

The beautiful, oceanfront pool at Annenberg Community Beach House is such a great spot for lazy, hazy summer days—it’s kind of amazing that it’s a public facility. Enjoy the crystal blue water every day from 10 am to 7 pm until September 3rd. They also have an Adult Sunset Swim (18+ over) from 7 pm to 10 pm on August 10th(and another on September 14th)—kind of a cool date night idea, right? Entrance fee is $10 for adults/$5 for seniors (60+)/$4 for youths (17 and under).

The Plunge in Culver City is another awesome nearby facility that’s not too far from the Marina and features all kinds of swimming options, including lessons, lap swims, exercise classes, and recreational swimming and diving. The recreational swims are open Monday to Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30 pm; Fridays from 7 pm to 9 pm; and Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. If you want to drop-in for a swim, the cost is just $4—or you can get 15 electronic visit passes for $50 (or $35 for residents of Culver City).



Keep your eye on the ball and your back swing strong because your tennis hour has arrived. There are plenty of courts nearby where you can take lessons, volley for a while, or play a serious match! Here are a few prime tennis spots to check out:

Find your inner Serena or Nadal with tennis lessons from Ojakian Tennis at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey. You can check their website for the complete schedule but here’s a sneak peek: Cardio Tennis, Beginner Clinic, Adult Clinic, Community Class, Sunrise Sunday and the daily (except Saturday) Tennis Workout. Drop-in prices range from $15 to $35. If interested, follow these instructions for registering.

Clover Park near the Santa Monica airport is a pretty great park that just happens to have two lighted tennis courts! The best part? They’re free to use with no reservation required…just try to get there early to snag a court (hours from 8 am to 10 pm). Location: 25th and Ocean Park Blvd.

The nearby Glen Alla Park is a prime paddle tennis destination with three courts available, or you can head to 1800 Ocean Front Walk to play on the renowned Venice Beach Paddle Tennis Courts.



If you scooted down to South Bay last month for the Hermosa Beach Open, then you know how incredibly cool volleyball is. And you know what? You should be playing because it’s super fun and excellent exercise (and don’t worry, you don’t have to be a pro to partake).

Marina “Mother’s” Beach

The incredible upgrades at Mother’s Beach have really made this a prime summer spot (it even received an “A” Rating from Heal the Bay!)—so volleyball here should definitely be on your playtime schedule.

Aside from our fabulous local beach, you’ll also find some excellent volleyball opportunities at Playa del Rey BeachVenice Beach (of course!) and Santa Monica’s vast Clover Park.


Have you been enjoying your summer around Marina del Rey? Let us know where you go to enjoy tennis, volleyball, pool time and your other summertime activities!