Outside Ventura: Itinerary

The City of Ventura makes a great base from which to launch excursions into other fascinating communities and attractions throughout Ventura County!

Day One


Begin your day with a coffee and pastry or full breakfast at one of downtown Ventura’s specialty cafes before your Ventura County adventure begins.

The wonders of Heritage Valley await! Pristine orchards and orange groves will salute you as you drive through the “Citrus Valley of the World.”

Hop aboard the Fillmore and Western Railway, an antique train offering rides through gorgeous country to quaint Santa Paula and beyond.

Once in Santa Paula, visit the popular California Oil Museum, which chronicles the history of this region’s oil industry.

In Piru is the Rancho Camulos Museum-one of the best surviving examples of an early California rancho in its original rural environment. This 40-acre national historic landmark exists on an 1,800 acre working ranch.


Grab some lunch in one of the historic Heritage Valley towns before heading east to Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor. Magic Mountain is famous for its outrageous roller coasters, other rides, games, eateries and shows. While Hurricane Harbor is a water park with more than 22 water rides!


Head back to Ventura in time to soak up the sunset views and sentimental vibes along the Old Coast Highway. Then, Ventura Harbor Village is idyllic for an evening of dining, views and peaceful marina scenery. Complete your evening by making reservations for an entertaining historic walking tour where local storytellers share eye-opening lore of downtown Ventura’s ghosts, rich history and colorful characters.

Day Two


Breakfast time. Bagels, pastries, coffee on the go as well as “eat-in” cafes are all part of the beach culture experience along the Seaward Avenue Beach District.

Head to the hills of Ojai for guided, western-style horseback riding (make reservations). Or, travel Highway 33 west to Lake Casitas for mountain biking, boat rentals, bike rentals or backcountry hiking.  The Casitas Water Adventure includes a water playground;  1,200 foot long flowing river where guests ride inner tubes through a waterfall and under fog filled bridges and jet sprays. The Lazy River attraction includes a separate lagoon and zero depth pool with a waterfall and various water spray features for children.

Los Padres National Forest offers more challenging trails, while Arroyo Verde Park in Ventura has scenic jogging trails through canyons and foothills. Trail maps are available at Great Pacific Ironworks and at the Patagonia store.


Ojai’s downtown is a delight with its boutiques, art galleries, small-town ambience and the dramatic mountains rising just above showcasing a daily “Pink Moment”.

Visit the Art Museum, the Aviation Museum and the Agricultural Museum of the Museum of Ventura County in Santa Paula.  Santa Paula also offers a self-guided walking tour of the many murals downtown.


Courtyard cafes, historic venues and grills with gusto serve up a great experience for both casual and fine dining in Ventura’s downtown district. Looking for evening entertainment? The Rubicon Theatre is known for offering big talent in an intimate setting, while The Livery Theatre presents a lively mix of drama and improvisational comedy.

Day Three


Grab an invigorating breakfast along the waterfront or harbor areas before heading over to The Ventura County Maritime Museum in Oxnard, which showcases an internationally renowned collection of maritime artifacts; The Carnegie Art Museum, which houses art, photography and decorative arts in a 1906 neoclassical building; and the Gull Wings Children’s Museum, an interactive hands-on experience for children ages two to 12.


After lunch, how about a garden stroll? Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks includes Japanese, French, Italian and English garden landscaping as well as an elegant Mission Courtyard design and a classic rose garden.

And, about 45 minutes south of Ventura is the beautifully curated Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley.


Dinner sounds good, huh? How about a casual, “beachy” experience at one of the hot spots along the Seaward Avenue Beach District? Many of these funky, affordable and delicious cafes are extremely popular with visitors and locals alike!

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