The Best Water Activities For Families Near Los Angeles 2021!

Updated: Mar 18

(Updated March 17, 2021) If you live in Los Angeles, you don't have to go far to enjoy water activities in this beautiful city with endless sunshine and so many opportunities for fun. From kayaking to surfing to cruises and sailing, there are so many water activities to choose from to enjoy with your family.

Hornblower Cruises

13755 Fiji Way

Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

Enjoy views of the Marina on a dinner cruise, sunset cruise (seasonal), or brunch cruise with your kids. Soak up views of passing sailboats and sea animals. Hornblower’s fleet of five ships is located in the heart of the Marina, at Fisherman’s Village, with ample parking. Take a Marina del Rey cruise any time of the year. They also offer Marina del Rey winter holiday cruises, New Year’s Eve cruises, Mother’s Day cruises, Father’s Day cruises, 4th of July cruises, and Thanksgiving cruises.

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Marina del Rey Boat Rentals

13717 Fiji Way

Marina del Rey, CA, 90292

Have some family fun on the water and explore the harbor by kayak, paddleboard, sailboat, motor boat, electric Duffy boat, or jet ski. Hourly rentals are available and no special license is required. Look for the kiosk behind El Torito restaurant in Fisherman’s Village. Make a reservation at 310-360-4444.

Marina del Rey Sportfishing and Whale Watching

13552 Fiji Way

Marina Del Rey, CA 920292

Take a public fishing trip departing from Dock 52 and head out onto Santa Monica Bay on the hunt for halibut, sea bass, and more. Guides are available to help if you have no experience. Tackle and fishing licenses are on the boat. Whale watching and wildlife excursions also run year-round.

Due to the mandated reduced passenger capacities on all of the trips, the way to ensure your spot is to book online.

Surfing Lessons

Aloha Brothers

1600 Pacific Ave

Venice, CA 90291

Take a group surfing lesson at Venice beach with the entire family, or private surfing lesson. The instructors at Aloha Brothers are trained to give you the best surfing experience.

Blue Pacific Yachting

13723 Fiji Way, B-U6

Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Blue Pacific Yachting offers variety of sailboats for instruction, sailing by members and chartering by the public. Their fleet includes everything from 25 foot Merit 25, to the luxurious, comfortable Lagoon 380, 38 foot catamaran. The staff of dedicated sailing professionals.

Marina del Rey WaterBus

13755 Fiji Way

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Take a WaterBus around the Marina in summer months. The WaterBus service runs Thursdays through Sundays, plus summer holidays. For just $1 per ride, you can take the WaterBus to eight stops in the Marina, including Burton Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village, Waterfront Walk, Dolphin Marina, Marina “Mother’s” Beach, and more. Bikes and strollers welcome aboard. You can purchase your ticket from the dock attendants stationed at each WaterBus stop.

Pedal Boat

Echo Park Lake

751 Echo Park Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Echo Park pedal boats are a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your family! Your kids will love the swan boats at Echo Park. The stylish swans feature the option of a shade covering for sunny days, are easy to maneuver, and are a great fun for everyone.

Paddle Method

Various Locations

Take a group stand-up paddle lesson and tours/team-building excursions in Marina harbor, Santa Monica Beach, Malibu, or Venice. Reservations are required in advance. Paddle Method is an accredited SUP school that is all about making SUP instruction fun and accessible for all.

Kayak Tours

LA River

Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve

Burbank Blvd. at Woodley Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 91436

Paddle the LA River and experience a one-of-a-kind Los Angeles kayaking experience. These guided kayak tours are in the "Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve" section, which is the most natural, wonderfully green part, within one of two official Recreational Zones. It's a leisurely, 2.5-mile flatwater paddle, with deeper water and few obstacles. You'll paddle in your single kayak for approximately 2 1/4 hrs., with all basic equipment provided (boat, life jacket, paddle, helmet), as you learn all about the LA River from experienced boating staff. This activity is usually doable for kids 10 years and up.

UCLA Marina Aquatic Center

14001 Fiji Way

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

The MAC is home to kayaking, rowing, sailing, surfing, stand up paddleboarding and windsurfing classes, as well as MAC Junior Rowing Team, and youth boating programs. The Marina Aquatic Center is open to the public, and offers equipment rentals, group programs for adults and youth, Semi-private and private lessons, BBQ, fire pit, and great sunset views.

Gondolas D' Amore

14045 Panay Way

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

You don’t need to go to Venice, Italy to enjoy an Italian gondola. You can rent a gondola in Marina Del ray on a 32-feet, complete with pillows, music, lamps, gondolier, appetizers, and drinks. The gandola seat up to 6 passengers. Gondola are $150 for 2 People, $185 for 3 People, and $210 for 4 People. Reservations are required in advance. Ages 12+

Davey’s Locker Whale Watching

309 Palm St. #A

Newport Beach, CA 92661

See giant blue whales, finback whales, gray whales and many more in their natural habitat at a whale watching cruise! With one the largest marine protected parks just outside of Newport Bay, whales and dolphin of all types can be viewed as soon as you leave the bay. Use promo code ‘mommy50’ in the ‘promo code/voucher code’ box and it will take 50% off your entire whale watching order for whale watching in Newport Beach.

Laguna Beach Kayak Tour with Sea Lion Viewing

Fisherman’s Cove

Laguna Beach, CA

Take a 2-hour guided kayak tour from Laguna Beach to see kelp forests, sea lion colonies and reefs. Watch for bright garibaldi fish and playful dolphins as you explore alongside your experienced guide, and learn about the area’s unique ecosystems.

Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour

24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive

Dana Point, CA 92629

Get exclusive underwater glass viewing of some of the largest creatures on earth on Manute’a! The high-tech, high-speed catamaran sailboat offers the world’s most unique dolphin and whale watching experience. Manute’a carries up to 49 passengers with comfortable seating for all.

Cruise Newport Beach

400 Main Street

Newport Beach, CA 92661

Choose from a huge selection of public cruises including sunset, live music, evening, brunch, fiesta, holiday, and many more. Cruise Newport Beach also offers yacht and ship rentals for all size events. Snacks and drinks will be available on the boat. Outside food is also welcome.

Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruise

309 Palm St. #A

Newport Beach, CA 92661

Select from several whale watching cruises year round. The whale watching & dolphin cruises view giant blue whales, finback whales, gray whales, humpback whales, minke whales, several species of dolphin and much more, and start at $16 per person.

Jet Ski Rentals

34671 Puerto Place

Dana Point, CA 92629

If you are looking to take the fun to a whole new level, jet skiing is an activity you should add on your to do list. The Kawasaki high-speed water beasts can be a fun way to spend a day at the beach with your family.

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