Fun Cheap Things to Do in Ventura
Having fun doesn't have to break the bank
(that's no fun!)
Here's our growing list of our favorite fun cheap things to do in
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
the sun on your back, the sand between your toes and the water over
your feet is still free! Here's our Beach by Beach Guide
of activities, amenities, and
Ventura's Bicycle paths
Soaking-up the beautiful sights on Ventura's bike paths with the breeze
in your face doesn't cost a thing. Even if you don't have a bike,
rentals are very affordable, so this is still one of the fun
cheap things to do in Ventura.
Harbor boat/kayak rentals
In Ventura Harbor Village across from Coastal Cone
With 4-person paddle boats and motor boats that hold up to 8, a family
of any size can enjoy a boating experience for $15 to $65.
here for more info.
Arroyo Verde Park Trails
Enter at Foothill and Day Road
Most of the trails here are an easy gradual climb, but it doesn't take
long before you find yourself at a spectacular vista point. It's also 1
of the 2 dog parks in Ventura. On weekends and holidays there is a
parking fee of $2 per hour or
$5 all day, but even then it's still one of our favorite fun cheap
things to do in
Ventura... Read more
Enter at the South end of Pierpont Blvd
It's all here: A beach for sun-bathing, a park for family BBQ's, swings
and slides, a fishing dock, and walking paths with a great view of the
sailboats leaving the marina.
McGrath State Beach Campground
Enter from Harbor Blvd, one mile South of Ventura Harbor
This camping spot is adjacent to uncrowded beaches, nature trails and a
bird estuary. And to round it nicely, it's only a mile from Ventura
Outdoor Yoga at Harbor Village
On the lawn at the end of the shopping area
$5.00 buys you a yoga experience with a backdrop of the harbor boats
here for more info
1440 Eastman Ave.
With $3.00 shows (current, cult and other favorite films),
date night deals
, the Regency is keeping movie going one of
the fun cheap things to do.
Downtown Century Cinema
555 E. Main St.
First matinee every day - $5.00
Seniors every Monday - $5.00
Ventura Improv Company
34 North Palm Street
These funny folks have been providing comic relief in downtown Ventura
for 20 years. Shows are $8.00 for college students, military, seniors
and kids under 12. The rest of us pay $10.00. Be ready to participate!
Downtown/Midtown Thrift Stores
A great find is waiting for you at the right price at one of several
thrift stores in charming downtown. Combined with the great variety of
shops downtown, even shopping is one of the cheap fun
things to do in Ventura.
Farmer’s Market & Local Fruit Stands
colorful display and tantalizing smell of fruits, veggies,
nuts and salsas at Ventura’s
farmer's markets or one of the many farm fresh produce stands
begs you to take juicy bites right there on the spot.
Art galleries in Downtown Ventura
Paintings, photography, sculptures, crafts and more by local artists
are featured in galleries and on display in the shops on an around Main
Street. You may see something you simply must have, but looking (and
appreciating) doesn't cost a thing. Browse
Ventura Art Galleries
Bell Arts Factory
432 N. Ventura Ave
Free art classes for kids on Saturdays. The unique collection of
studios are a great way for kids and adults to watch local artists in
Museum of Ventura County
100 E. Main Street
Admission is free. This is a temporary location during an 18,000 sq ft
expansion of the main building. Not only a great place to view
historical pictures and artifacts, but it also showcases the work of
local artists and photographers on a rotating basis.
here for more museums
566 E. Main St.
our favorite lunch spots. Everything on the menu at this veggie grill
is delicious, healthy and easy on the wallet. The atmosphere is
Vagabond Inn Restaurant
E. Thompson Blvd.
This is the most affordable sit-down breakfast in town that I know of
with decent food and good service.
Little Caeser's Pizzeria
67 West Main St Suite A
$5 Pizzas ready to go (pick-up and cash only).
Gourmet pizza it's not, but not bad for the price, and they don't skimp
on the peperoni.
Hungry for more? Here's all of our favorite Ventura Restaurants...
Panoramic Views from the Crown Plaza
450 Harbor Blvd
For an amazing panoramic view of Ventura take the elevator ride up to
the “Top of the Harbor” Ballroom.
From City Hall on Poli St, head up Brakey Rd and wind all the
way to the top, turn left, then keep right
of Ventura. Save money on lunch and have a picnic here.
This is one of favorite fun cheap things to do in Ventura.
Take a short walk up the promenade near the Crowne Plaza Hotel or make
it a rest stop on a bike
and watch surfers and kite surfers in action and sailboats drifting by.
more about Surfer's Point
Ventura Harbor Village
Enter from Spinaker Road off of Harbor Blvd
On land or water, there are so many fun
cheap things to do
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