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Fun For All Fun For All If you are looking for a child-friendly, stress-free destination for a family holiday, Ventura offers many opportunities for recreation and entertainment that appeal to all ages.
 
 
 

Ventura Family Fun

At Ventura Harbor, kids can take a spin on the delightful carousel or a cruise around the harbor. Families can also rent kayaks or paddle boats to explore the nooks and crannies of the harbor, nearby keys and shore on their own. Mom, dad, grandparents, and kids alike will enjoy the Channel Islands Visitors Center, which presents films and fascinating exhibits. We highly recommend a trip to the Channel Islands to experience dolphins, whales, and all the wonders of these magnificent islands firsthand. 

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The Jolly Oyster
At The Jolly Oyster you will find the freshest oysters and clams in Southern California. That's because they come straight from our farm.

911 San Pedro St.
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 798-4944

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Adventure Sailing Charters
Sailing the wind – it’s peaceful. The captain and crew welcome you aboard the schooner Morning Star! Luxury and real adventure – affordable and on your doorstep. Full & Half-Day Charters. Come Sail Away with Us!

Ventura Harbor Village, 1575 Spinnaker Dr., Dock D
Ventura, CA 93001
805-794-8703

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805 Waverunner Rentals
1404 Anchors Way
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 844-1694
www.805waverunner.com/locations

Jet ski and waverunner rentals....

 
AiRealistic - AirealYoga - Ventura Circus
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AiRealistic - AirealYoga - Ventura Circus
4476 DuPont Ct., Suite B
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone: (805) 340-3412
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http://www.venturacircus.com/

AIReal Yoga™ is the first and ONLY form of Aerial Yoga accredited by the Yoga Alliance. AIReal Yoga™ uses a looped fabric (hammock) that swivels freel...

Amtrak
Located at Harbor Blvd. and Figueroa Street
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 800-USA-RAIL
Tollfree: 800-USA-RAIL
http://www.amtrak.com

Travel on Amtrak to Ventura. The Pacific Surfliner traveling between San Diego, LA/OC and San Luis Obispo, stops 10 times daily in Ventura. The Coast...

 
Arroyo Verde Park
5101 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
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http://www.cityofventura.net/files/public_works/parks/resources/Arroyo_Verde_Trail_Map.pdf

Is a beautiful and important natural preserve and recreational resource. The park consists of 132 acres of relatively rugged land - featuring 14 acres...

Camino Real Park
Dean Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
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38-acre complex including eight tennis courts (lighted), two softball fields (lighted), a regulation softball/baseball diamond (lighted), two youth ba...

 
Channel Islands National Park
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Channel Islands National Park
@11 miles off coast of Ventura
Five Islands, CA 93001
Phone: 805-658-5730
http://www.nps.gov/chis

One of Ventura's most wondrous attractions, often referred to as the American Galapagos is accessible for multi-day camping trips. (14 miles off coast...

Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center
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Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center
1901 Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 658-5730
Alt. Phone: (805) 658-5700
Fax: (805) 658-5799
http://www.nps.gov/chis/

Learn about the spectacular islands which lie just off of Ventura's coast at this visitor center which also features a tide pool, museum, lectures and...

 
Channel Islands Sports Fishing
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Channel Islands Sports Fishing
4151 S. Victoria Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93035
Phone: (805) 382-1612
http://www.channelislandssportfishing.com/

Ocean fishing. Open party trips, private charters,1/2 to 3/4 day, overnight and outer island excursions. Whale watching cruises out of the Channel Isl...

City of Ventura, Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center
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City of Ventura, Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center
Located at Marina Park
2950 Pierpont Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-643-3612
http://www.ci.ventura.ca.us/depts/comm_serv/sailing_kayak/

The Leo Robbins Sailing Center is a U.S. Sailing National award winning facility and has been a community sailing facility for over 35 years. The Sail...

 
Cory Kruseman's Sprint Car Midget Driving School
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Cory Kruseman's Sprint Car Midget Driving School
10 W. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 649-1243
www.kruseman.com

Our Goal at Cory Kruseman's Sprint Car and Midget Driving School is to give the Fan or Race Car Driver some safe seat time and instruction in a Sprint...

Cory Tile Art
1575 Spinnaker Dr., #106A
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 644-8453
Fax: (805) 654-0162
www.corytileart.com

Gallery of tile murals, unique local gifts, back-splashes & accent tiles, kodak photo kiosk, live green screen photos, murals of all sizes, kitchen an...

 
Discovery Ventura
1888 E. Thompson Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 452-4967
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www.discoveryventura.com

Simplistic and re-purposing best describe the theme throughout the development of the California-lifestyle project. All are welcome to enjoy the l...

Explorer Ocean Adventures
1583 Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-646-0836
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http://www.explorerdiveboat.com

Charter year-round, & seasonal twilight fishing...

 
Fillmore & Western Railway Co.
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Fillmore & Western Railway Co.
351 Santa Clara Ave.
Fillmore, CA 93016
Phone: (805) 524-0330
Fax: (805) 524-1838
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www.fwry.com

Antique train offering scenic rides between Fillmore and Santa Paula. More than 200 feature films, television commercials and music videos have celebr...

Golf N' Stuff
5555 Walker St.
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone: (805) 644-7148
Alt. Phone: (805) 644-7131
Fax: (805) 644-7151
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http://www.golfnstuff.com

Miniature golf and arcade games for kids. With two fun and entertaining 18-hole courses to choose from, Golf N’ Stuff in Ventura prides itself in pre...

 
Gull Wings Children's Museum
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Gull Wings Children's Museum
418 West Fourth St.
Oxnard, CA 93030
Phone: 805-483-3005
http://www.gullwings.org

Interactive hands-on museum for children ages 2 to 12 featuring exhibits and art activities, model trains, rock and mineral displays, optical illusion...

Harbor Cove Beach (Mom's Beach)
Harbor Cove Beach (Mom's Beach)
End of Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, CA 93001

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Island Packers
1691 Spinnaker Dr.
Suite 105B
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-642-1393
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http://www.islandpackers.com

Island Packers Cruises operates year around to the Channel Islands National Park. Half day and all day nature tours, camping, kayaking and hiking on ...

Jim Hall Kart Racing School
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Jim Hall Kart Racing School
10 W. Harbor Blvd.
At Ventura County Fairgrounds
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 654-1329
Fax: 654-0227
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www.jhrkartracing.com

High-performance Race Driving Learn the skills and feel the thrills of competitive race car driving in 80-mph racing karts, the training ground of th...

 
Jim Hall Track Time
10 W. Harbor Blvd.
At Ventura County Fairgrounds
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 654-1329
Alt. Phone: (805) 988-4520
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www.jhrkartracing.com

Southern California's Coolest Track! Open to the public. Come Race your family and friends! The new Jim Hall Track Time gives you real kart-racing-f...

Los Padres National Forest
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Los Padres National Forest
The entrance to the forest is 30 minutes North of Ventura
Ojai, CA 93023
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http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/

Offers a vast network of more challenging trails for experienced hikers. Los Padres National Forest encompasses approximately 1.75 million acres of...

 
Los Padres National Forest Ranger Station
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Los Padres National Forest Ranger Station
1190 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
Phone: (805) 646-4348
Fax: (805) 646-4348
http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/lospadres

Stop in for free trail maps and info about the Los Padres National Forest....

Marina Park
South end Pierpont Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
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This 15-acre beachfront park at the south end of Pierpont Boulevard is a great place to watch boats cruise out of the harbor, fish off the launching d...

 
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Family Fun  

Bring the Family! 

Families can spend lots of quality time together on the mainland, too. See monarch butterflies roosting in the trees at Camino Real Park, or go for a hike in Ojai or in the Los Padres National Forest. You can also relax at nearby Lake Casitas, where you can rent flat-bottom boats, fish, and, in the summer months, frolic in a children's waterplay-ground.

Ventura's beaches are a great place to take the family.  Many areas have playgrounds on the sand.

Local theater companies regularly run theatre camps for kids as well as featuring children's programming.  

Don't miss a trip to Skating Plus or at Golf N'Stuff kids can choose from activities including miniature golf, bumper boats, bumper cars, Lil'Indy race cars, arcades, and more.

Just a  short drive from Ventura, you can take the kids for a ride on the Fillmore & Western Railway in Fillmore and learn about their famous Hollywood trains.