10 cheap and free things to do in Ventura County

Need a break? Why spend your precious leisure time stuck in traffic? Or fighting crowds at the airport?  The beautiful coast of Ventura County is so close, with lots of things to do that are free or very cheap indeed.

1. Visit Ventura Pier and Promenade for free – Take a walk on the Ventura Pier, built in 1872, watch the sunset or bring your fishing pole, and walk, run or bike the promenade. The Channel Islands are just offshore. Parking is $2 in an adjacent lot. There’s an annual culinary festival, this year on Oct. 7.