Ventura Family Resources

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Here is some information about baby, kid, parent, family locations and activities of interest in the Ventura, California area (whether you live here or near here or are planning a visit).  I’ll add more from time to time.  Feel free to share additional info.

In addition to the listings that follow, Ventura in general is a fun family-friendly city with lots to do: beaches, parks, playgrounds, events, shops, and more.

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Beaches

There are several beaches in Ventura.  Some of my picks for kids and families are Harbor Cove and Marina Park.  See http://www.ventura.com/activities/beaches/

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Ahi taco at Beach House Tacos on Ventura Pier

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Beach House Tacos, Ventura Pier

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Ventura Pier

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Playground on beach next to Ventura Pier

      Ventura Pier

Go for a walk on the pier and take in the beauty of the ocean, then have lunch at either Eric Ericsson’s Fish Co. or Beach House Tacos, both on the pier.

You can also rent bikes or surreys or take a walk along the promenade, relax on the beach.  Your kids will love the playground that is right on the beach!

Info: http://www.cityofventura.net/venturapier; http://www.beachhousefish.com/#about; http://www.wheelfunrentals.com/listlocations/34

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Some pirates at Ventura Harbor

Ventura Harbor

This is a fun place for families to spend the day.  You can rent a boat, take a boat tour (for whale watching or just to tour the Harbor), visit a museum, shop, eat, have ice cream, play in an arcade, ride a merry-go-round, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the marina.  http://www.venturaharborvillage.com/

The carousel/arcade is located at 1567 Spinnaker Dr., #100, Ventura, CA 93301.  Call (805) 644-3234 or visit www.venturavillagecarousel.com

 

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Rental boat, Ventura Harbor

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On a boat ride in Ventura Harbor

Harbor water activities:

Rent a kayak: http://www.cikayak.com/

Explorer Diving Adventures: http://www.explorerdiveboat.com/

Take a Harbor tour: http://www.explorerdiveboat.com/

Go on a sailing adventure: http://www.adventuresailingventura.com/ and http://www.pacsail.com/

Go scuba diving: http://www.peaceboat.com/ and http://www.raptordive.com/ and http://spectreboat.com/

Cruise to the Channel Islands: http://www.islandpackers.com

More boat rental info:

http://venturaboatrentals.com/HomePage.html

http://venturaharbor.com/directory/ventura-boat-rentals/

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Viewing Tower, Channel Islands National Park Visiting Center

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Tide pool/aquarium at Channel Islands National Park Center

Learn about ocean life and enjoy a stunning view:

The Robert J. Lagomarsino Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center (at 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA  93001) has a live tidal pool, book/gift shop, and a viewing tower with a stunning view of the Ventura Harbor, Ventura coastline and Channel Island.  You can also watch a 25-minute movie, “Treasure in the Sea,” narrated by Kevin Costner.  http://www.venturaharborvillage.com/ventura-harbor-village-cinp.htm

Eat at the Harbor:

805 Bar & Grilled Cheese – great views of the marina, outdoor seating, live music, delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, nice wine selection

1575 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura, CA 93001; (

805) 642-9463; http://www.805barandgrilledcheese.com/home.html

The Parlor – simple, casual, burgers and hot dogs

1575 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura, CA 93001; (805) 658-2837

Brophy Brothers Restaurant & Clam Bar – great food, including seafood, sandwiches, salads, etc., with awesome views of the Harbor

1559 Spinnaker Dr., (805) 639-0865; http://www.brophybros.com

The Greek at the Harbor – fun experience, traditional Greek food and burgers and more; great view of the Harbor

1583 Spinnaker Dr.; (805) 650-5350; http://www.greekattheharbor.com

Coastal Cone Ice Cream – sweet treats include 32 ice cream flavor and “the Giant Waffle Cone”

1583 Spinnaker Dr., (805) 658-2837

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Thille Park, Ventura

Parks

Ventura has numerous great parks.  Many (but not all) are listed here: http://www.ventura.com/activities/parks/

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Clubhouse Fun Zone, Ventura

Other Fun Stuff

The Clubhouse Fun Zone

4535 McGrath St., Unit B, Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 639-0414; http://theclubhousefunzone.com/

Golf N’ Stuff

5555 Walker Street, Ventura, Ca., 93003
(805) 644-7131; http://www.golfnstuff.com/location/ventura/index.htm

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Pump It Up in Ventura

Pump It Up: The Inflatable Party Zone

5120 Ralston St., Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 339-9669; http://www.pumpitupparty.com/ca/ventura/home-p1q25.htm

Chuck E. Cheese’s

4714 Telephone Rd., Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 644-9777

Kid & Family Stores

Little Birdy Lane Kids & Maternity Consignment Boutique

2538 E. Main St., Ventura, CA  93003 (between Seaward & Loma Vista)

(805) 667-8232; http://www.littlebirdylane.com/

Lakeshore

4705 Telephone Road, Ventura, CA  93003

(805) 289-1550; http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/

Barnes & Noble (in Ventura Gateway)

4820 Telephone Road, Ventura, CA  93003

(805) 339-0990; http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

The Crabby Baby

1058 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura, CA  93001

(805) 628-3944; http://www.thecrabbybaby.com/

Babies R Us

2340 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard, CA 93030

(805) 988-5951; www.babiesrus.com

Toys R Us

2975 Johnson Dr., Ventura, CA 93004

(805) 642-3764; www.toysrus.com

Target

(2 locations in Ventura)

4200 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 644-9871

245 S. Mills Rd., Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 535-2752

More Kid-Friendly Restaurants

In addition to the ones I’ve mentioned above:

Panara Bread – good kids’ menu and yummy baked goods; my daughter loves the mac and cheese

Ventura Gateway, 495 Prospect St., Ventura, CA, 93003; (805) 58-2700; www.panerabread.com

Chick-fil-et – the best indoor playground in town – fun, clean

1321 Eastman Ave., Ventura, CA  93003; (805) 339-0977; www.chick-fil-a.com/ventura

Joe’s Crab Shack – total family fun; outside playground; ocean views

567 Sanjon Rd., Ventura, CA  93001; (805) 643-3725; www.joescrabshack.com

Harbor Cove Café – casual, dine outside; breakfast and lunch; overlooks marina; across street from beach

1867 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura, CA 93001; (805) 658-1639; http://www.harborcovecafe.com

 

Feel free to send me additional kid and family friendly locations in and around Ventura, California.  Thanks!  lorigranieri@sbcglobal.net

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