Posted: Monday, Dec 21st, 2015

By Visit Ventura

(Re)Discover Five of Ventura’s Hidden Gems

5. Marina Park

Marina Park

  • Dog friendly beach
  • Large grass park with grills & picnic tables
  • Views of the marina and incoming/outgoing boats at the harbor mouth
  • Family playground with pirate ship and zip line
  • Fishing/viewing dock
  • Great for beach strolls (connects to over 3 miles of sandy beach!)
  • Free parking

4. San Buenaventura Mission & Gardens

San Buenaventura Mission gardens

  • One of two missions in California that are located downtown
  • One of the only missions to have wooden bells (still featured in their museum along with the mission’s original doors!)
  • Last mission founded by Saint Junipero Serra who was canonized by Pope Francis in fall 2015
  • Known for beautiful mission gardens
  • It’s twin 120-foot Norfolk pine trees were designated California Millennium landmark trees
  • Extend your adventure by visiting Ventura County Museum, and the historic and archaeological sites that surround the mission

3. Bike Paths

  • Start from San Buenaventura State Beach Park
  • Short ride suitable for beginners: Promenade bike path to downtown Ventura (approximately 2 miles alongside the beach)
  • Mostly flat ride suitable for day trips: Coastal pike path to Santa Barbara approximately (32 miles alongside historic Highway 1)
  • Slightly challenging climb suitable for day’s workout: Ventura River Trail & Ojai Valley Trail bike paths approximately 15 miles alongside route 33
  • Many cyclists stop in Ventura on trips between Los Angeles and San Francisco to take advantage of our great weather year-round
  • Upgrades to our bike paths mean cyclists are protected from traffic

2. The Jolly Oyster

The Jolly Oyster

  • Inside San Buenaventura State Beach Park
  • Shuck your own fresh, local and sustainably farmed oysters beachside
  • Unique foodie experience with grills and picnic tables by the beach
  • Oyster shuckers, salsas and non-shellfish menu items available
  • You can bring your dog and your own (alcoholic) beverages!

1. Ventura Botanical Gardens & Grant Park

Serra Cross at Grant Park

  • Amazing viewpoints where you can see downtown Ventura, the coast, the Channel Islands, and sunsets on the water
  • Ventura Botanical Gardens sit above historic City Hall and lead to Serra Cross at Grant Park
  • Guided botanical garden walk available with mobile app
  • Dog friendly
  • Free parking behind City Hall or at Grant Park

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