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Ventura is a walkable, family-friendly neighbourhood with convenient options for restaurants and cafés. In addition to its friendly people, the neighbourhood has many charming qualities. Take in the natural beauty of the sea, beaches, and sunsets—or broaden your horizons with some local live music. A stay at one of the hotels in Ventura makes it easy to venture out into the larger area.
Stroll the halls at Albinger Archaeological Museum, Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art, or Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife. You can buy tickets to live performances at Santa Paula Theatre Center, Santa Barbara Bowl, and Lobero Theater. Some landmarks that can't be missed include Mission San Buenaventura, San Buenaventura Mission, and Olivas Adobe Historical Park. Meditation Mount, Santa Barbara Zoo, and Ty Warner Sea Center are family favourites.
Shopping, biking, and camping are a few popular activities in the area. Soak up some sun at McGrath State Beach, Silver Strand Beach, and Rincon Beach Park. Local parks like Lake Casitas Recreation Area, Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary, and Tar Pits Park are peaceful spots. If you have some more time, pay a visit to Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Pier, or Ventura Harbor.
Don't miss some of the area's most popular attractions, such as Presidio Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and Mission Santa Barbara. You can also visit Channel Islands Harbor, Ojai Art Center, and galerie102.
If you want to head out of town, you can hop aboard a train at Ventura Station. Learn about your options for water transportation at the port.
The Oxnard, CA (OXR) airport is 14.3 km (8.9 miles) from Ventura. Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) is the next closest airport, 51.2 km (31.8 miles) away.