Families are always welcome in Ventura County Coast, whether it’s summer, winter, spring or fall. Here in Southern California, the climate is always mild and the ocean is calling.
Here are nine of our favorite family-friendly activities in Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard and Port Hueneme!
1. McGrath Family Farm
Visit the McGrath Family Farm where U-pick your own produce! Depending on the season, you can pick tomatoes, winter squash, pumpkins, or strawberries! It’s a fun and rewarding way to spend time with the family. PC: @laurabear
2. Discover Channel Islands Maritime Museum
Channel Islands Maritime Museum’s collection of maritime paintings, ship models, and artifacts, rivals some of the finest European and U.S. collections. Seascape paintings by 17th century Dutch masters, 18th and 19th century English Romantics, French Impressionist painter Boudin, and unparalleled contemporary maritime painters complement the finest museum-quality ship models on the West Coast, including the Marple Models: nine exquisite, highly detailed scratch-built warships; and intricate “bone models” carved by French soldiers held captive during the early 19th century Napoleonic wars.
3. Spend The Day At Ventura Harbor Village
There is plenty to do at Ventura Harbor Village to keep the family entertained all day. Get out on the water by kayak, a duffy boat, paddle boats or a stand-up paddleboard. The harbor village also has boutique shops (to make mom happy), many dining options where families will be able to please any palate, a vintage carousel, and an arcade. Additionally, the headquarters of the Island Packers is located within the harbor village. Island Packers sends daily ferries out to Channel Islands National Park, and has whale watching and marine wildlife tours. Plus, Surfer’s Knoll – the local beach – is right across the street. Reward yourselves with an ice cream scoop (or two) from Coastal Cone as the sun goes down over the water. PC: @venturaharbor
4. Go On A Channel Islands Wildlife Cruise With Island Packers
Enjoy a three-hour adventure on a narrated cruise along the north shore of Anacapa Island with Island Packers Cruises. There are sightings of sea lions, seals, dolphins, whales, island birds, a historic lighthouse, caves, and more. Wildlife sightings are dependant on the season, be sure to ask Island Packers representatives on what you’re likely to see during your cruise. Boats can be accessed through both Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura Harbor Village. Don’t forget to bring your camera! PC: @rachel.esco
5. Relax At Surfer’s Point Beach
Sometimes the best way to spend time with the family is to simply relax together. Surfer’s Point Beach at Seaside Park is a popular family spot to play in the surf, dig in the sand, have a picnic in the sunshine, and dip your toes in the water. It’s also a dog-friendly beach (as long as they’re kept on a leash). PC: @travelforpictures
6. Score A Hole-In-One At Golf N’ Stuff
Golf N’ Stuff is another great destination to keep the whole family busy all day! There’s miniature golf, go-kart racing, laser tag, bumper boats, bumper cars, an arcade, and a snack bar! Your only tough decision will be which activity to choose first. PC: @golfnstuffventura
7. Kayak At Anacapa Island With Blue Ocean Kayaking
Blue Ocean Kayaking provides guided tours and equipment for all levels of thrill seekers. Take in breathtaking views of the island and natural wonders such as high weathered cliffs, secluded coves, undersea kelp beds, beautiful sea caves, marine life, seals, birds, and reefs! PC: @puppy_joyful
8. Roller Skate On The Dancefloor At Skating Plus
For families with older children, a roller skating trip is a great and cost-efficient family activity. With 80’s tunes playing and the disco ball spinning, Skating Plus, located, is always ready to show your family a good time. PC: @deweynicks
9. Strike Out at Harley’s Camarillo Bowl
Harley’s Bowl is the place to go for good food and hours of fun. This fun, local place also has specials on certain days like family night, cosmic bowling, and quarter mania. PC: @mermenchii
10. Paint Your Own Pottery At FireFly Ceramics
With more than 500 different pottery shapes to paint, Firefly Ceramics is a great destination to let your kid’s creativity flourish. Everything is provided to create a masterpiece, the studio will even glaze and fire your creation it in their kiln. PC: @mullishab
With so much to see and do, you are going to want to stay a while. Click here for the complete list of hotels and other places to stay in Ventura County Coast!