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Ventura and Ojai City Trip - Attractions

The Museum of Ventura County in California

What to See & Do in Ventura and Ojai

Get the details on important landmarks, attractions and resources for your trip to Ventura and Ojai.

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SHOPPING

Bart's Books
302 W. Matilija St.
Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-3755
www.bartsbooksojai.com
Here you will find more than 100,000 used and rare books. The honor-system is alive and well here, where after-hours customers drop coins into a metal box to pay for books from the street-facing outdoor shelves.

Shopping, restaurants, and interactive marine life exhibits are on hand at the Ventura Harbor Village
Ventura Harbor Village

Farmers Market
City parking lot at Santa Clara and Palm Streets
Ventura, CA 93001
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon
805-529-6266
Purchase fresh produce like strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes and squash from local farmers.

East Matilija Street near Canada Street
Ojai, CA 93023
Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
805-698-5555
Ojai specialties such as citrus, lavender, honey and olive oil are available here.

R.J. Canning Flea Market
www.rgcshows.com

Held about six times a year, this huge flea market features more than 700 vendors.

Ventura Harbor Village
1583 Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-642-8538
www.venturaharborvillage.com
Outdoor mall with shops, restaurants and places to book fishing trips and cruises. Especially fun are the marine life exhibits: one is a "please touch" area with whale baleen and starfish, and the other is a "no-touch" area with local live sea specimens.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Anacapa Island
www.nps.gov
Fifteen miles offshore from Ventura, Anacapa Island is the only Channel Island to have retained its American Indian name. Here you will see the largest colony of the endangered California brown pelican. Activities include camping, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking and more.

Bicycles of Ojai
108 Canada St.
Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-7736
www.bicyclesofojai.com
A great way to get a feel for Ojai is to bike along the many nature trails with valley views.

An aerial view of the Ventura Harbor
Aerial view of the Ventura Harbor

Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center
1901 Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-658-5730
www.nps.gov
If you don't have time to visit Anacapa or Santa Cruz Islands, learn about these national preserves here.

The Derby Club
Seaside Park
10 W. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-653-2533
www.venturacountyfair.org
Spend an afternoon at the races. There is an off-track racehorse betting facility where you can dine at the oceanview dining room, The Island View Club, while watching the race on tableside televisions.

Island Packers
1691 Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-642-1393
www.islandpackers.com
Guided excursions of Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, known as the "American Galapagos."

The picturesque Channel Islands off of the Ventura coast
Channel Islands

Lake Casitas Recreation Area
11311 Santa Ana Rd.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-649-2233
www.lakecasitas.info
Fish, boat and relax while nature-watching on Lake Casitas.

Meditation Mount
10340 Reeves Rd.
Ojai, CA 93023
805 646-5508
www.meditation.com
This is a prime sunset-watching spot where you can experience a true Ojai "pink moment."

Santa Cruz Island
www.nps.gov
Twenty miles offshore from Ventura, Santa Cruz Island is home to a stunning array of sea caves, and is an excellent place for whale and dolphin sightings.

SPAS

SPA by Diane Loring
The Historic Love House
119 S. Figueroa St.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-641-0022
www.spaventura.com
Rejuvenate with the likes of a chocolate mineral buff, foot reflexology or hot stone treatment.

The pool at Oaks at Ojai
The pool at Oaks at Ojai

The Angelic Touch Day Spa
212 E. Matilija St.
Ojai, CA 93023
805-640-6536
www.theangelictouch.net

The Oaks at Ojai
122 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
800-753-6257
www.oaksspa.com

Spa Ojai at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
905 Country Club Rd.
Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-1111
www.ojairesort.com

LIBRARIES/MUSEUMS

Krishnamurti Library & Archives
1070 McAndrew Rd.
Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-4773
www.kfa.org
East Indian philosopher Krishnamurti made Ojai his home and lectured about self-realization here until his death in 1986; at the library, his lectures are preserved on tape.

Ojai Valley Museum
130 W. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
805-640-1390
www.ojaivalleymuseum.org
Learn about Ojai's history through changing exhibitions held at a Mission-style building downtown.

Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-653-0323
www.venturamuseum.org
Permanent displays include mission and rancho period works, vintage surfboards and the George Stuart Historical Figures — 200 figurines depicting famous (and infamous) historical personalities.

THEATRES/MUSIC

The Ojai Art Center & Ojai Center Theater
113 S. Montgomery St.
Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-0117
www.ojaiartcenter.org
Discover local artists and take a tour of famed Ojai ceramist Beatrice Wood's studio.

Ojai Music Festival

201 S. Signal St.
Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-2053
www.ojaifestival.org
In June, modern classical music is performed underneath the oaks.

Rubicon Theatre Company

The Laurel Theater
1006 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-667-2900
www.rubicontheatre.org
Watch plays performed by professional actors at one of the area's most esteemed theaters.

The Ventura Theater hosts live rock concerts and other visiting acts
Ventura Theater

Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut St.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-653-0721
www.venturatheater.net
One of the most happening night spots with live rock concerts and other visiting acts.

RESOURCES

For more information on Ventura, go to www.ventura-usa.com or visit the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau at 89 S. California St., Ventura, 805-648-2075 or 800-333-2989.


MORE VENTURA/OJAI INFORMATION

* Ventura Theater image courtesy of www.venturatheater.net
* All other images courtesy of www.ventura-usa.com

(Updated: 09/23/13 RED)


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