The Marina Park is a perfect destination for some family picnic time. Overlooking the beach, the park has a playground for kids and your four legged friends can also run and play fetch here. With free parking and refreshing sea breeze, the marina park is ideal for a day out.
For those who wish to watch the adventures of the sea closely, head to the Surfers Point at Seaside Park. Thrill seekers and experienced surfers can be seen frolicking on the waves. The beach waters are also famous for dolphin watching, so one can also simply take a stroll and catch a glimpse of dolphins.
The Mission San Buenaventura parish church introduces visitors to the community's Spanish colonial roots. The church's exterior is whitewashed with red hues. There are guided tours held that explores the church from its garden to its Chumash history. Also on location is a church museum and a gift shop that displays Chumash artifacts along with other religious items. Renowned for its mission bells, the parish church is more than just an attraction. Regular masses are held and the congregation mostly comprises locals.
With hundreds of species of flora that originate out of 5 different Mediterranean climatic conditions across the world, the Ventura Botanical Gardens have a plethora of plant life across the 109 acre (44.11 hectares) park. You can also come by to understand the background and features of each of the plants at this site through guides present during the day.
Peek into the culture and history of Ventura at this wonderful museum. From permanent to temporary exhibits, everything at this museum tells the story that goes as far as the first Native settlers. The museum also hosts several cultural shows which are a treat to attend.
Charming and vibrant, the Ventura Harbour Village has everything from retail to food. Quaint eateries with umbrella-clad patios, colorful shops and bobbing yachts characterize this lovely, sunny spot. Whether you want to go kayaking in the waters or get some retail therapy, the Ventura Harbour Village has it all.
Although Oxnard is an hour's drive north from Los Angeles, this art gallery merits the trip. Constructed with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie in 1906, the building itself is really the main attraction and is mentioned in the National Register of Historic Places. The elegant Neoclassical structure was originally used as a library but was transformed into a cultural center in 1963. The art collection consists primarily of 20th century works, including the Carnegie collection that began in 1924. View works of masters like Arthur Beaumont, Cornelius Botke, Colin Campbell Cooper, Katherine Leighton and many others.
Heritage Square is a remarkable site where the city's distinct history is preserved. A major tourist attraction by itself, the site also doubles up as an event venue playing host to weddings, concerts and wine tasting sessions. Guided tours are conducted.