Posted: Tuesday, Jun 16th, 2015
5 Ways to Enjoy Nature in Ventura
Ventura Botanical Gardens. Photo by Stephen Shafer.website. The islands. Check out the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center in the Ventura Harbor to learn about islands like Anacapa and Santa Cruz. Island Packers leads trips to the islands, including whale watching cruises. It’s an ocean lover’s dream. I actually visited Anacapa as a middle school student, and I still remember how incredible Inspiration Point looks. Learn more about the stunning Channel Islands here. Bird watching. When you think of Ventura, birding may not be the immediate thought. However, it is more common here than one might expect! Ever heard of ashy storm-petrels or island scrub-jays? The islands are a prime spot for spotting these flying beauties, and you can find out more about bird watching here. The beach. Ah, there’s nothing like an afternoon in the sand. Whether you go all the time or are a first time visitor in Ventura, the beach is wonderful for surfing, sunbathing, and swimming. Get away from the crowds and go out into the water and jump over the waves like you did as a child. If you have curious kids, take them shell hunting along the shore. If you crave a picture perfect sunset, stay until dusk and you will be astounded.
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