The 10 Best Things to Do in Ventura, United States

November 19, 2017 Elouise Mccaul

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. European explorers encountered a Chumash village, referred to as Shisholop, in Ventura while traveling along the Pacific coast. The eponymous Mission San Buenaventura was founded nearby in 1782 where it benefitted from the water of the Ventura River. The town grew around the mission compound and incorporated in 1866. The development of nearby oil fields in the 1920s and the age of automobile travel created a major real estate boom during which many designated landmark buildings were constructed. The mission and these buildings are at the center of a downtown that has become a cultural, retail, and residential district and visitor destination.
Restaurants in Ventura

1. Serra Cross Park

Barkey Road, Ventura, CA 93001
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Serra Cross Park

Reviewed By FaithA - Ventura, California

It was the most spectacular day and the the view was outstanding while our friends exchanged their vows at the cross. We had ocean breezes and island views for what couldn't have been the most beautiful wedding I've ever witnessed. If you've never gone for a a drive up to the cross pack a picnic lunch and make a day of hiking and people watching you will never forget the outstanding views of downtown Ventura.

2. Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path

Highway 33, Ventura, CA 93003 +1 805-652-1114
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path

Reviewed By Al1111

Pacific vibes all around while enjoying the ride. Capturing the California Vibes /// (get informed)•

3. Anacapa Island

Channel Islands, Channel Islands National Park, CA +1 805-658-5730
Excellent
61%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Anacapa Island

One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is located an hour from Oxnard.

Reviewed By WSJSS

We love scuba diving in Anacapa. Great kelp forests,caves, tuns of sea life, even have seal encounters. We love, love, love scuba diving in Anacapa! One of our favorite dive spots in southern California! Come dive, snorkel in Anacapa, you will fall in love with the world down under

4. The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park

1901 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura, CA 93001-4354 +1 805-658-5730
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park

Reviewed By Susan M - Warren, Michigan

I was so happy to get answers to all my questions. They had exhibits of the island foxes and the island scrub Jay. The volunteers were more than happy to answer my questions. The exhibits are fantastic.

5. Mission San Buenaventura

225 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2622 +1 805-643-4318
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 291 reviews

Mission San Buenaventura

Reviewed By Koda - Los Angeles, California

Lovely old church and peaceful little garden with a nice little museum. A nice respite from crowded Main Street. The church is really lovely with old beams and candles. This was the last of the California missions personally founded by Serra - well worth the stop.

6. Oxnard State Beach and Park

1601 South Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA
Excellent
50%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
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1%
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4.5 based on 99 reviews

Oxnard State Beach and Park

Reviewed By Daniel A - Beijing, China

The first thing you’ll notice besides the ocean, which is in the far back behind the park, is the beautifully lined palm trees. This park has everything you can imagine, baseball field, volleyball areas, shaded bbq areas, unshaded bbq areas, very nice grass, a little marsh and then after a short walk you have a very clean white sand beach. Who can ask for anything more? Oh really no food so you have to bring your own food or buy some vending snacks and drinks.

7. Ventura Pier and Promenade

750 Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA 93001
Excellent
44%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
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4 based on 610 reviews

Ventura Pier and Promenade

Reviewed By Dartravelgirl - Yucaipa, California

We had a nice walk a long the promenade. This beach is popular with surfers. We sat for a while and watched the surfers and the many birds.

8. Ventura City Hall

501 Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001-2697 +1 805-654-7800
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

Ventura City Hall

Reviewed By Sundancer93003 - Ventura, California

This building has been the setting for some movies, "Chinatown" being one. The lovely marble inside and the detailed carvings outside the building show its history. A few years ago I went on a ghost tour that included this building. Spooky!

9. Four Brix Winery

2290 Eastman Ave Ste 109, Ventura, CA 93003-7796 +1 805-256-6006
Excellent
90%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 50 reviews

Four Brix Winery

Four Brix Winery - an craft winery located in the heart of Ventura - specializes in internationally-inspired wine blends. We produce wines based upon our four favorite grape growing regions: Italy, France, Spain and California. The word "Brix" is a term for measurement of sugar in grapes; therefore Four Brix equals four sweets spots for great wine! With a total production of around 2,500 cases, these wines are very limited and in high demand. It takes strength, creativity and patience to make great wine, kind of like raising children. In fact, our wine is like our children, so we gave them names: Smitten, Zeductive (Zinfandel and Petite Sirah), Temptress, Rhondezvous (Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah) and Scosso (Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot) are a few of our kids. Once you taste the wines, you realize how apropos the names are. When we aren't making wine, we like to hang out with a glass of wine, listening to music and eating great food. Our favorite place to hang out is at the BrixHouse- our tasting room. But we don't like to hang out alone, so we make sure there is always something going on at the BrixHouse. For Club members, affectionately referred to as "BrixHeads", there are exciting Pick Up Parties at least twice annually. Depending on the time of year, you might be able to attend a Concert in the Cellar, Foodie Friday, Dinner in the Tasting Lounge, BBQ Pizza Nights, a Blending Party or maybe just relax in the BrixHouse with a glass of wine, listening to a smooth sax player. Be sure to get on the email list for up-to-date announcements and events. Visit the BrixHouse- it's 1200 square feet with inviting rich, deep colors, high ceilings, couch area and several table and chairs arrangements. We invite guests to relax and stay; enjoy a tasting or maybe a glass or bottle of wine to share with friends. The Barrel & Production rooms are on-site and typically used for special events. But when you stop by, don't be surprised if you are invited to take a tour with one of the owners. Cheers!

Reviewed By Stacey M - Wind Lake, WI

The place itself was great! Loved the inside! I was just not expecting to find such a great place in a business/industrial park. Don't let that detour you though, the people were SO friendly!! I got there about an hour before close and they were setting up for a big event that weekend. Karen didn't mind in the least and if she did, then I didn't feel rushed a bit. She was so informative and even gave me a quick tour of their place since I was not going to be able to come back again. I felt completely welcomed there and their wines were all very good. I found two in particular that were very much my taste. Thank goodness TSA doesn't restrict the number of bottles you fly domestically with!!!

10. Rubicon Theatre Company

1006 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-0048 +1 805-667-2900
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Rubicon Theatre Company

Rubicon Theatre Company is a non-profit regional theatre based in Ventura, California. True to the name and the vision of founders Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil, the company is committed to providing a nurturing environment for artists where exploration and experimentation are encouraged and supported. Now in its 19th Season, Rubicon has earned a reputation for innovative, reinvigorated productions of classics; and for the development of new works. The company has presented more than 115 diverse mainstage productions to more than 420,000 audience members. Described by critics as “the rising star of the Southern California cultural scene” and the “best theatre between Los Angeles and San Francisco,” the company has won a New York Drama Desk Award (four nominations), the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for “Sustained Excellence,” 14 Ovation Awards, a NAACP Award, and multiple Indy, Garland and Robby Awards. Luminaries such as Susan Clark, Dana Delaney, Bonnie Franklin, Joel Grey, Gregory Harrison, Bill Irwin, Harold Gould, Larry Hagman, Stacy Keach, Michael Learned, Ted Neeley, Paul Provenza, Linda Purl, Joe Spano, Bruce Weitz, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and Stephanie Zimbalist have graced the Rubicon stage. Jack Lemmon and John Ritter made their final stage appearances with Rubicon.

Reviewed By Scigris - Las Vegas, Nevada

My history in theater has been through marriage to a middle school drama teacher whose students and plays have been selected to perform at the state demonstration of "how to act" rivaling high school students not to mention being chosen drama teacher of the year.
I have seen very good middle school and high school plays but never saw anything that compares to what #rubicontheater can do with the youth.

For rehearsing only 3 weeks, this was amazing. Ok. Kids, 8-14 years old, having up to 6 years experience in acting on stage doesn't seem like enough time to hone the skills, but they pull it off perfectly. Enunciation, presence, and emotion interplay wonderfully as these youth performed "James and the Giant Peach, Jr."
I have never seen or read anything about it before so had my doubts. However, I attended in support of a couple whose 11 son had the lead of James in the play.
Again, I say, amazing job.
This theater company will many more visits from me to see such talent performing.

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