AdVentura Time!

Ahhh, that new summer scent! Kick off the official start of the season with a big adVentura. That’s right, Ventura pops with summer delights like a scenic riverside bike trail to Ojai, with pit stops for coffee, beer, burritos, and a craft distillery, plus lakeside hiking, camping, boating, and some epic disc golf too.

Week 06.23.2021
Regions Southern CA

Ojai There!

Ride the Ventura to Ojai Bike Path

Woman riding her bike over a bridge on the Ventura to Ojai bike path
Woman bike riding next to a ranch fence and pastoral landscape with trees on the Ventura to Ojai bike trail
If a substantive and super scenic bike ride is right in your wheelhouse, do the 30-mile (round-trip) Ventura-to-Ojai bike path that begins (and ends) near the Ventura shoreline, pit stopping in delightful Ojai for food and drinks.
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Sea You Soon!

Favorite Attractions at Reopened Monterey Bay Aquarium

Kelp forest at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Sea otters at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium
After over a year of being closed, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is ready for some quality time with you! A visit to Monterey this time of year is a refreshing coastal escape of beaches and bike paths and beautiful blooms, with a big bonus: The region’s marquee attraction is at the heart of it all.
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Camp Casitas

Camp, paddle, and play disc golf at Lake Casitas Recreation Area near Ventura

Young man posing for the camera on a boat at the dock at Lake Casitas near Ventura
Person playing disc golf at Coyote Point Disc Golf Course at Lake Casitas Recreation Area near Ventura
Friends playing disc golf at Coyote Point Disco Golf Course at Lake Casitas Recreation Area near Ventura
Just 20 minutes from downtown Ventura, Lake Casitas Recreation Area is like summer camp all over again. There’s a 5.75-mile shoreline hike, a rugged disc golf experience, and reservoir boating. There’s also nearly 450 campsites across its massive grounds.
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River, Meet Ocean

Exploring the Ventura River Estuary

The city of Ventura is officially known as Buenaventura, meaning “good fortune.” That applies to one of the least-known but most abundant estuaries in the region, where the Ventura River meets the Pacific Ocean at Emma Wood State Beach. If you have the good fortune to visit, you’
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