Ventura Boat Rentals offers a variety of boat excursions to fit any
budget including dinner Cruises, tours, private charters,
and of course, boat rentals. After quick and simple instruction you'll
find yourself cruising the harbor with ease, whether it be paddling
your boat Flintstone-style, kayaking or steering an electric boat. As
you cruise the harbor, don’t be surprised to spot sea
lions sunning on the docks or popping up next to your
boat to get a closer look at you. When you’re done, the Coastal Cone,
located across the launching dock, is a great way to reward yourself
with an ice cream for a job well done.
Kayaking and Exploring Sea Caves
is a natural kayak playground. For an extra special treat, try kayaking
in the sea caves of Santa Cruz Island. And everything you need to get
started is here at the harbor, here's
your guide to get started.
Channel Islands Mainland Visitor Center
Among the fun things to do around the harbor, this is well worth the
past the Harbor Village. This small but informative center features a
museum, a living tide pool, island models
and educational films where you and your children can learn about the
ancient history of these majestic islands and the approximately 145
unique species, found nowhere else in the world, that call these
The lookout tower next to the museum offers breathtaking
views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby islands.
Tip: The patio area overlooking the harbor
makes a great place for a fun family picnic.
Shopping and Hanging out
Even shopping is one of the fun things to do in Ventura Harbor Village.
There is a wide variety of specialty shops in the village. Here are a
few of my personal favorites: The Harbor Wind and Kite Company where
you can find an extensive selection of specialty kites. If you are
looking for a hat, the Harbor Hatter
won’t disappoint with just about any type of hat imaginable and over
1000 hats in stock. For the ladies, Ventura Swimwear
is a local favorite since they carry a big selection of mix &
match separates. Last but not least, the Treasure Cove
has quality, unique sea-themed jewelry pieces that will look pretty on
you without breaking the budget. Here's a full list of specialty shops at the Harbor.
Village Carousel and Arcade Remember
when a ride on a carousel was all it took to make you happy?
You stood fidgeting in line with your horse already picked out and
sprinted to it the minute the ride guy released the gate. What elation
when you scored the one you wanted!
Well, you can relive this nostalgic
moment with a visit to the Village Carousel and Arcade.
The full size
36-horse carousel is the only indoor carousel in Ventura County, and
only one of the many fun things to do here.
The arcade is equipped with
skee-ball, video games, whacking games, hoops and more! Prizes such as
candy, yo-yo’s, Frisbees, and other toys can be traded in for tickets
earned. The snack bar serves ice cream, candied apples, chocolate
pretzels, cookies, popcorn, etc. Oh, did I mention the kids will have
Ventura Harbor Comedy Club
26-years and still laughing! This hometown comedy club books fresh and
Sun-Bathing and Swimming
Sometimes one of most fun things to do is just relaxing. Soak up the
rays on the harbor lawn as you watch the boats drift quietly by or on
the sandy beaches directly across the harbor village. A life guard is
on duty at the lagoon shaped beach which is perfect for swimming in
calmer waters, especially if you have children. Take caution if you
plan to swim on the other side of the jetty since rip-tide currents are
common in this area and there is no life guard station on hand. Click
here for more about these and other Ventura Beaches