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Best things to do in Ventura

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Restaurant
“A restaurant with an Oyster Bar, great fish and Happy Hour. Usually one of the busier restaurants and they don't take reservations. ”
29 locals recommend
Pier
“quaint ocean town. Make sure to hike up to the cross and walk on the pier, and don't forget to capture all of the Pokemon:)”
36 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Here is where you will find Target, whole foods, restaurants, and movie theater. ”
20 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great views of the Marina from the Patio and Bar. One of the best Happy Hours in Ventura.”
21 locals recommend
Bar
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“Situated in the heart of Mid-Town Ventura, this charming restaurant is situated in a 1920's Spanish style bungalow. It has an award winning wine list, but is also has great Country Fried Steak! Parking is limited, but there is public parking across the street from the restaurant.”
23 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Sports Bar with GREAT food and right by the beach (beautiful white sand beach that isn't crowded)”
14 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Great place to spend an afternoon. Walk around the harbor and peruse the shops. On the other side of the drive is a beautiful beach. There is also a small museum on the Channel Islands.”
23 locals recommend
Church
“Mission San Buenaventura is a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscans in present-day Ventura, California. Founded on March 31, 1782, it was the ninth Spanish mission established in California and the last to be established by Father Junípero Serra. The mission was named after Saint Bonaventure, a 13th century Franciscan saint and Doctor of the Church. The mission is located in the historic downtown of Ventura.”
15 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“A beautiful hike with gorgeous views of Ventura. Visit the Cross at Grant Park at the end of your hike. ”
13 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“There are many activities that go on at the Fairgrounds. Check the calendar for what is happening during your stay! Concerts, Sprint Car races, swap meets, the Ventura County Fair and more.”
13 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“So much to discover at Discovery!! Live music + bowling + full bar + great food... all in one place!!! Fun, stylish, playful atmosphere. And close to the bungalow. ”
14 locals recommend
Park
“A great place for a stroll along the point to watch surfers and take in the beach scene”
17 locals recommend
Beach
“A local park that has a great kid's playground with plenty of restrooms. A great place to go to the beach and have a picnic.”
17 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of our favorite places for a burger and a beer - there's 101 different brews on tap to choose from!”
12 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great Italian food. There is often live music in the bar. They do take reservations so if you want to make sure you get a table, best to call ahead.”
15 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“We love this harbor. It is not as busy as other beach areas and has a nice harbor to eat and shop at. Plus the drive is more peaceful then driving down LA and trying to find parking in more popular areas.”
21 locals recommend