Day Four – Ventura Harbor
Spend a day exploring Ventura Harbor. The Harbor Village has a little something for everyone, with tons of restaurants and cafes, art galleries, and window shopping. Be sure to explore the Carousel and Arcade and the brand new Escape Room, great for kids or the inner child in us all. Check in at The Channel Islands National Park Visitor’s Center to engage with the interactive exhibits and learn all about the unique ecosystem of Ventura and the Channel Islands. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are also available to rent for exploring the gentle waters of the harbor, or if you’re feeling inspired to get out there, consider booking a whale-watching and animal sighting cruise from Island Packers.
Need some more beach-time? Stop in at Harbor Cove Beach (“Mother’s Beach”) to play in the calm waves, or walk along Surfer’s Knoll, whose long sandbar extends into the marshlands, excellent for wildlife viewing. You won’t have to pack a lunch for your day at the harbor. Some of Ventura’s most iconic eateries are located here: Andria’s Seafood has the 2nd best fish and chips in the country according to Coastal Living Magazine, The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood offers tons of family-friendly entertainment, including traditional Greek table dances and belly dancing, and Baja Bay Surf ‘n Tacos offers shark tacos.