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A 100% Dad-Approved Road Trip
Get away from it all with Dad to Ventura County Coast, a friendly, down-to-earth community known for its rad beaches, A-game Nothing beats the gift of quality time with loved ones, so we designed a dad-approved road trip to appeal to all kinds of dads. Outdoorsy dudes, good vibes givers, super family men, you name it! Friendly and down-to-earth, Ventura County Coast is always here for you with amazing beaches, A-game golf courses, must-try restaurants, cool craft breweries and epic trails. Think of our mountains, islands, the Pacific and chain of laid-back communities as your playground. Be as active or as chilled out as you want to be. This entertaining line-up is all about making memories with pops.
4 Days, 40 Miles
Ventura County Coast is accessible from both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Coming from the north? Flip the itinerary!
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Stop 1: Camarillo Grove Park
6968 E Camarillo Springs Rd
Start your day with a leg-stretching, fresh-air breathing hike around Camarillo Grove Park. Nestled near the base of the Conejo Grade at the end of Camarillo Springs Road, the rustic park offers a variety of hiking options. The lower loop is an easier, gently sloping trail with oak trees, sage and volcanic rock formations. The upper loop is considered moderate at over one mile in length, with an approximate 600-foot vertical differential. If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll enjoy the park’s nature-based play equipment and native gardens.
Stop 2: Camarillo Barrelworks
2024 Ventura Blvd, Camarillo
Hit The Mark for lunch and afternoon refreshments. The gourmet marketplace is home to Freda’s Kitchen, Topa Topa Brewing Co., Rori’s Artisanal Ice Cream and Café Ficelle. Nosh on pizza, sip an IPA and cleanse your palate for the next adventure with a coffee or ice cream.
If you want to carry on with a brew trek, find more good vibes at the one-of-a-kind Camarillo Barrelworks. Dad will love this family-owned and operated establishment, which serves locally made beer from Flat Fish Brewing Company and wine from Cantara Cellars. Check their weekly event schedule for live music and food offerings from local restaurants and food trucks. And if you’re traveling with your favorite canine, bring them along! The patio is dog friendly.
Stop 3: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA, USA
History buffs might opt instead for a visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Here, you can step into the very same Air Force One that flew our nation’s 40th POTUS to 25+ countries and 45+ states.
Stop 1: River Ridge Golf Club
2401 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard
It doesn’t get much better than a round of golf with Dad and an ocean view. Book a morning tee time at River Ridge Golf Club where you’ll find two 18-hole courses and killer views. Up for some multi-generational play? The whole family will feel like they’re on top of the world at the Vineyard Course, a beginner-friendly setup with 360-views of the ocean and nearby Santa Clara River. The Victoria Lakes Course is all about strategy with a par-five hole right off the bat that has lakes straddling both sides.
Photo Credit: @riverridgegolfclub
Stop 2: Hook, Line & Sinker
2077 N. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard
After time on the links, head just a mile or so up the road for some fresh local catch at Hook, Line & Sinker. This casual, family-friendly restaurant and fish market serves fresh fish served fried, hot off the griddle or in sandwiches. The chowder is renowned as are the oysters on the half shell. The retro, cookout vibe and ocean-inspired decor sets a great backdrop for chowing down on seriously good seafood.
Stop 3: Mullin Automotive Museum
1421 Emerson Avenue, Oxnard
If there’s a car buff among you, there are two spots to cruise by. Open Fridays and Saturdays, Mullin Automotive Museum is a showcase of 20th-century French automotive styling and design. Founder/Collector Peter W. Mullin is a devoted supporter of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and other concours events around the globe and has driven his cars in vintage races and rallies in the United States and abroad. The equally impressive Murphy Auto Museum houses a collection of 50+ classic, vintage and antique American cars—plus an art gallery and tiki lounge! It’s open Saturdays and Sundays.
Close out the day at The Waterside Restaurant, where you can soak up harbor views and a stunning sunset. If you’re craving a margarita, Yolanda’s serves up delicious Mexican cuisine and is also at the Oxnard Harbor.
Destination: Port Hueneme
Stop 1: Port Hueneme Beach
550 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme
Spend the morning at delightfully uncrowded Port Hueneme Beach, the ultimate place to toss around the Frisbee or build sandcastles with the kids. Swimmers and surfers will dig the glassy waves rolling into shore, and fishing enthusiasts can perfect their cast-off on Port Hueneme Pier.
Do some more sightseeing on a mellow bike ride. Wheel Fun Rentals has an outpost in the Holiday Inn Express and Port Hueneme offers 12 miles of trails to explore, including a smooth beachfront path.
Stop 2: U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
3201 N Ventura Rd, Port Hueneme
If Dad likes a bit of military history, check out the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum. This truly unique museum sits outside of the perimeter fence of the Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme. The exhibits memorialize the work of the Civil Engineer Corps and the Naval Construction Force (a.k.a. Seabees) through photos, equipment and artifacts from U.S. Navy building projects at home and abroad.
When hunger strikes, hit Dave’s Hot Chicken in the Mandalay Village Marketplace. Or get your fill of fresh catch at Surfside Seafood back at the beach. The halibut fish & chips are a true local classic!
Stop 1: Ventura Boat Rentals
1567 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura
From kayaks and SUP boards to pedal or power boats, it’s all about getting out on the water in Ventura. Let “Captain Dad” take the helm of an electric boat from Ventura Boat Rentals and cruise around the harbor. If you’re feeling more ambitious, they’ll also rent kayaks and paddle boards for human powered adventures at sea. If Dad prefers to chill out, let him sit back and relax while a pro takes you on an informative private guided harbor tour (40-minute minimum) where resident sea lions are known to make frequent cameos.
Photo Credit: @visitventura
Stop 2: Beach House Fish and MadeWest Brewing Company Taproom
Ventura Pier, 668 Harbor Blvd., Ventura
Back on land, sip award-winning brews at MadeWest Brewing Co. Taproom on the Ventura Pier. Their American Pale Ale and IPA are total crowd pleasers that pair well with the mouthwatering surf and turf from the taproom’s next-door neighbor, Beach House Fish.
Take a late afternoon hike in Harmon Canyon Preserve or grab an afternoon tee time at Olivas Links. Cap off the day strolling and browsing around downtown Ventura. Come dinner time, foodies will be down with Model Citizen, who put an artful twist on their cuisine and cocktails. And it’s all about the burgers at Bombay Bar & Grill.
Photo Credit: @madewestbeer
Things to Pack
With year-round sunshine, you can bet you will need your sunglasses on this road trip.
You will need your bathing suit for our 22 miles of beaches. Get ready to soak in the sun.
With so many amazing views, you won’t want to be without your camera on this road trip!
Ventura Coast Coast has miles of trails to explore. From coastal walks to mountain treks, there’s something for everyone.
Since we are on the coast, the ocean breeze cools us off in the evenings. Bring a light jacket to throw on at night and in the mornings.
Spending all day in the sun? Protect your skin! It’s what the dermatologist ordered.
Your Favorite Hat
Whether you are spending your day at the beach, exploring the Channel Islands National Park or simply cruising around town, keep the sun out of your face with your favorite hat.
Outfit for a Night Out
Don’t forget an outfit for a nice dinner and a night out on the town.
No matter what city you are in, there are views everywhere. Maybe you will spot dolphins or even a whale!
Pack Like a Local
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