24 Hours – Downtown/Historical District

24 HoursDowntown/Historical District
Day 1: Downtown/Historical District (see above)

9am – Walk from your accommodation, or park in the 24 hour parking in the free structure on California street, or in the free lot behind the city hall. You won’t need your car today!

9:30am – Walk down to the Cajun Kitchen for a delicious traditional breakfast, or try out something with a Southern spin, and treat yourself to some fresh beignets–powdered sugar coated, bite-sized, french-style donuts.

10:30 – From there it’s a short walk to the historical part of Downtown for lots to look at and learn. The Mission San Buenaventura is free to the public and opens at 10am. Stop in to explore this piece of living history.

11am – Just down the street, the Museum of Ventura County opens its doors at 11am. Inside you will find exhibits on Ventura cultural history, including Chumash and Mission-era artifacts, as well as fine art, and changing exhibits.

12:30-3:30pm – Walk just a few blocks down the street and rent a Pedalina four-wheel bike for the whole family from Wheel Fun Rentals or Ventura Bike Depot and ride it up the paved Promenade and Omer Rains Bike Trail along the beachfront. Enjoy the ocean views as you make your way to the Ventura Pier and stop in for a casual lunch at Beach House Fish Tacos. Take a leisurely ride back to the Depot along the promenade, stopping to play at the children’s playground by the pier and beach along the way.

4pm – After dropping off the rental bike, stop into Palermo> on Main Street for an afternoon pick-me-up. Gelato for the whole family and a cup of coffee for the grown-ups. The attached gift shop has something for everybody.

5pm – Take a walk up to the Ventura Botanical Gardens for a beautiful view and photo op in California’s lovely golden evening sunlight. The winding uphill stroll, with lots of plants and expansive views to see, is a favorite of kids, pets, and adults alike.

6pm – Either call it quits for the day, or grab a healthy dinner at Nature’s Grill, and then a handmade milkshake for the kids at the 50s throwback diner Busy Bee Cafe. Unwind with a family movie across the street at the Century Downtown Theater, complete with recliner chairs and bulk candy to snack on.