Ventura is notorious for being a family-friendly city. There’s a ton to do, whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart. Between the Ventura Harbor Village, the beach, activities like bowling, and a handful of playgrounds, your stay as a family will be one to remember.
Itineraries for Families of All Shapes and Sizes
Crafted with kids of every age (including moms and dads) in mind, these itineraries feature accessibility, education, and fun. Learn how you can make the most out of our awesome outdoor adventures, explore local history, swim safely in the waves, and when to snap the perfect family pic. We’ve also included our favorite family-friendly eateries, tips on the best shopping spots, and even local movie theaters when it’s downtime but not quite bedtime.
The Village Carousel & Arcade is always a hit with the kids. With more than 30 animals, it is the only operating full-sized carousel in Ventura County. The arcade features a variety of games that reward players with tickets for great prizes. Have a family ski ball competition or sit down for a round of Deal or No Deal – the arcade has it all!
Coastal Cone Ice Cream is a delicious local ice cream shop with a friendly owner and an abundance of fun flavors. You have to try the pineapple dole whips!
Harbor Cruises or Rentals at Ventura Harbor are also very popular with families. Rent kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, or pedal boats and enjoy some time on the water. Venture to the Ventura keys and the shoreline to discover the coastal area further.
Channel Islands National Park & Marine Sanctuary is a MUST. Island Packers leads landing trips to the islands with opportunities for hiking, picnics, kayaking, swimming, and more. There are also wildlife viewing cruises along the marine sanctuary around the islands. Chances are you’ll see thousands of dolphins as well as seals and sea lions, and be sure to keep whale migration seasons in mind if seeing those is on your list. And if you can’t make it to the park, head to the Visitor Center for films and intriguing exhibits, including a tank full of marvelous creatures.
Be sure to hit the beach! The seaside playgrounds, wooden pier, taco stops, and bike rentals will keep you busy the whole day through. Be sure to check out the family surreys at Wheel Fun Rentals -always a blast!
Marina Park ‘s pirate ship is very popular with kids and the perfect place to picnic, barbecue, and bask in the sun.
In addition to the parks, family fun awaits at the Ventura Aquatic Center. Cool off at the pool during Open Swim or take a ride down the water slides. If you’d rather stay dry, swing over to Golf N’ Stuff and try your hand at mini golf. Choose between two courses, then hit the Lit’l Indy Raceway or the Bumper Boats.
Buena Lanes is your stop for bowling. Play games, rent shoes, and enjoy a snack. Skating Plus, their next-door neighbor, is an indoor roller skating rink that blasts family-friendly music and offers skate rentals and lockers.
Pet Friendly Businesses