Ventura Day Trip
Contrary to popular belief, some of the best things in life are free — like feeling the sun on your face, the sand between your toes and the water over your feet. And it’s those things and more that await visitors in the City of Ventura.
Easily accessible via U.S. Route 101, State Route 33, or State Route 126, Ventura is located 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles on the California coast, and is bordered by the Ventura River at its western boundary and the Santa Clara River at its southern edge.
With its Mediterranean climate, cool sea breezes whisking off the Pacific Ocean help keep temperatures moderate year-round in Ventura.
Ventura is a perfect destination for a day trip with numerous outdoor activities. Surfing, swimming, boating, fishing, and sightseeing, all of which can be accessed from the city’s two bustling ocean harbors.
Ventura Day Trip Things To
The first is Ventura Harbor, a working hub of the local fishing industry intertwined with a thriving retail center, which includes a myriad of seafood restaurants, specialty shops, and entertainment.
The Channel Islands Park Headquarters is located here, and boats to the Islands depart daily. Not far is Channel Islands Harbor, located at the southern end of the Santa Barbara Channel.
The horseshoe-shaped harbor serves as a quaint waterfront resort with hotels, recreation, and a dining marketplace. Activities include diving, boat charters, sea kayaking, sports fishing and whale watching.
Also located on the harbor is the Ventura County Maritime Museum, which offers regularly rotating exhibits, maritime-themed art and model ships.
Nestled between Ventura’s two harbors is the Ventura County Fairgrounds, home of the annual Ventura County Fair and the Ventura Raceway, known as “The best little dirt track in America.”
The fairgrounds also serve as a train station for Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner route, which winds along San Buenaventura State Beach.
The largest beach in the area, San Buenaventura State Beach is a favorite with locals who like to fish from, or surf below its 1,700-foot wooden, which has a snack bar, restaurant and bait shop.
Several special events take place at San Buenaventura State Beach, such as the annual Pirate Festival, triathlon and several amateur and pro volleyball tournaments.
Heading inland, is the historic Ortega Adobe, once home to the Ortega family, now famous for their chili products.
Today the early California Rancho home is operated as a museum and performing arts venue.
Finally, further east, yet only two blocks from the beach, is the city’s vibrant downtown center, which is home to a myriad of museums, art galleries, dining and shopping choices.
It is also home to the Mission San Buenaventura, the Albinger Archeological Museum, the internationally-acclaimed Rubicon Theatre Company and the Majestic Ventura Theatre, known for performances by some of the world’s most renowned theatrical productions and musical artists.
Ventura provides a peaceful, relaxing weekend for those who live in the metropolis to the south and a different view for tourists who see Southern California as Los Angeles.
Next time you are looking for a weekend getaway Ventura should be at the top of your list.
Ventura Day Trip about and hour and a half drive from Los Angeles and two and half hours from Orange County.