Things to Do in Ventura



  • Wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley
  • Sample Ice Cream with a silver spoon at local favorite McConell's Ice Cream shop on State St. in SB
  • Visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove (Dec- Feb) in Goleta, the surrounding Ellwood Mesa is great all year
  • Sample a local brew at: Figeuroa Mtn brewery, 805, Surf, or several others
  • Drive PCH through Malibu- perhaps stop for overpriced seafood at popular biker hangout Neptune's Net
  • Get stuck in LA traffic
  • Hike Sandstone Peak in Malibu (short and longer variations, your choice)
  • Eat at Cold Springs Tavern above SB off Hwy. 154
  • Tour SB, don't miss the view from the top of the courthouse
  • Visit the seal rookery on the Carpinteria bluffs, a short walk from Linden Ave or Exit Bailard Rd. (Jan.-April)
  • Hang out in SB's funk zone for dining, drinking, art, and culture
  • Check out the Danish enclave of Solvang


  • Ski Mammoth
  • Visit the Getty Center Museum in LA
  • Check out Venice Beach and Canals
  • Spend a day in LA: Restaurants, shopping, Salsa dancing, nightlife
  • Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Drive Rt. 1 through Big Sur
  • Visit a CA National Park besides Channel Islands: Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Sequoia, Pinnacles
  • Get down to San Diego
  • Get up to San Francisco
  • Go to a theme park: Disneyland, Six Flags, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm...
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