Ventura’s Historic Downtown Cultural District is permeated by early California history. Historic homes, museums, boutiques, Mission San Buenaventura, antique shops and restaurants adorn our palm tree-lined streets. Things are changing in this historic district, which began as Father Junipero Serra’s ninth and final mission settlement. In the last few years, downtown Ventura has welcomed many new shops, restaurants, galleries and day spas.
Thriving cultural district of artists and performers of all disciplines is also influencing the momentum and direction of downtown’s development. The award-winning Rubicon Theatre is attracting big name talent to its intimate auditorium set in an old church. Galleries stay open late on the first Friday of each month welcoming strollers in to enjoy some hospitality and meet featured artists. Ventura’s famous ArtWalks are also held downtown twice a year and a variety of Street Fairs, holiday celebrations and parades are staged as well.
So what makes Downtown Ventura different? The unique merchants, one-of-kind dining experiences and the friendly nature of the people. Downtown epitomizes Ventura’s loving embrace of all things eclectic and unique as well as its sensibility in preserving real California heritage. Enjoy a cappuccino in a local cafe before taking in some of the breathtaking old buildings scattered throughout downtown. Shop The Downtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market the original Ventura County certified farmers’ market with over 45 California farmers and food vendors. Intimate wine bars, breweries, and a variety of restaurants with delicious nibbles are all within walking distance.
From surfer-chill to sophisticated, nestled beneath hillsides and just off the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Ventura has something for everyone. Known for our eclectic, family owned-stores, cultural arts, thriving music and foodie scene and perfect weather, Downtown is the ideal place to spend the day, weekend or week. With more than 65 restaurants, 110 shops, 35 salons and relaxation venues, miles of beaches and mountain trails, you are destined to create a home away from home.
Downtown Ventura can be easily be accessed by Highway 101 or Amtrak Surfliner. Once you’re here, cruise around town on a free trolley that runs from 11 am to 11 pm Wednesday through Sunday. For more information visit venturatrolley.com or call 805.827.4444.