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There’s nothing quite as thrilling as the feeling you get when flying. From soaring in a plane or helicopter, parasailing over the ocean, surfing, skating, and other outdoor sports, there are plenty of ways to catch air in Ventura County Coast’s wide open spaces. Here are some of our favorites!
Take to the Skies by Plane, Helicopter or Parachute in Camarillo
Do you feel the need for speed? Grab your coolest pair of aviator sunglasses and head to Camarillo for all kinds of aviation-themed events and activities. Every August is the annual Wings Over Camarillo Air Show! Located at the Camarillo Airport, this fun, family-friendly event is packed with airborne performances and pyrotechnics, a rare airplane display, exotic car show, and hands-on STEM activities for kids. Orbic Helicopters does regular tours of Ventura County’s stunning coastline and one-of-a-kind Channel Islands National Park. Or feel the ocean breeze whipping against your skin when you plummet from two miles up with Skydive Coastal California. It’ll be the thrill of a lifetime!
Soar Over the Ocean in Oxnard
Breathe in the fresh ocean air and get your toes wet with Channel Islands Parasail in Oxnard! Embark on a parasailing adventure from Marine Emporium Landing in Channel Islands Harbor then launch into the skies straight from the boat. Feel like you’re floating on a cloud above the sparkling blue ocean, taking in unbelievable aerial views of Silver Strand Beach, Hollywood Beach and the Channel Islands!
Want to plan something over-the-top while visiting? Make sure to ask about special packages, including weddings, surprise marriage proposals and private sunset sails.
Get in the Zone in Port Hueneme
Getting air is a slam dunk at Port Hueneme’s Moranda Park! Sports fans of all ages and abilities will have a blast shooting hoops on the park’s two full-size basketball courts (or cheering for their favorite players). And the fun doesn’t stop there: The family-friendly park also has softball fields, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and a playground. Don’t forget to bring lunch and a blanket or some chairs for a relaxing picnic after a day of games!
Harness the Wind While Surfing in Ventura
Ventura is world famous for its surf—C Street/Surfers Point, Rincon Point State Beach, and Mondo’s Beach are all bucket list spots for boarders. (This is why so many professional surfers live in Ventura County Coast.) Watch the pros ride the barrels or try it yourself with a rented board from Ventura Surf Shop. Or take it to the next level with windsurfing or kitesurfing! There are several local surfing schools that offer lessons by the hour.
After a day of getting air, come back down to earth with some mouthwatering grub and cold, foamy brews at one of Ventura’s local restaurants or craft breweries. Can’t decide where to go? The walkable downtown area is perfect for a pub crawl with friends. It’s a fantastic way to unwind after getting some adrenaline-filled thrills!
Take the Big Jump by BMX Biking and Skating
Cruise on down to Camarillo’s Freedom Park for a “wheely” fun day filled with BMX, roller hockey, and R/C racing! The tracks and skating arena are all located less than a mile from each other, so it’s super easy to spend the day here. Love skateboarding? Practice your ollies, flip kicks and landing the perfect nollie at skateparks across Ventura County Coast, including Westpark or Hobert Skate Park in Ventura, Bedford Pinkard Skate Park in Oxnard or Pleasant Valley Skate Park in Camarillo.
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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