A tribute to an earlier era of firefighting, the A.J. Comstock Fire Museum provides a window exhibit into the past, with displays of equipment and historical photographs from the turn of the century, and the history and growth of Ventura County’s Fire Department, including the Chinese Fire Company which operated in Ventura for nearly 30 years.
Named after Ventura Mayor (1969-1973) Albert R Albinger, the museum is built on the home site of saloon keeper and early mayor Angel Escondon, and displays artifacts spanning 3,500 years of Ventura history encompassing 5 different cultures (Chumash, Spanish, Mexican, Chinese and circa 1850 U.S.) from a single archaeological site next to San Buenaventura Mission.
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The Casitas Water Adventure is open throughout the summer months. Children and adults alike can enjoy two distinct water playgrounds. For the younger children, a multi-level jungle gym with waterfalls, bridges and slides in a lagoon with water up to 18" deep.
Ventura, CA, 93001 http://www.venturacraftsmanhomes.com/VenturaLandmarkHomes_05.html The Elwell house was built in 1892 and belonged to William Elwell and his wife Edel Frieda Tico Elwell, descendants of important California and Yankee families.
Harbor Cove Beach is the beach at the end of the peninsula in front of Ventura’s Harbor. Harbor Cove is protected by jetties and a breakwater so it is the best swimming beach in the Ventura area. Most of the other beaches near here have strong rip currents making them dangerous places to swim.
McGrath State Beach is one of the best bird-watching areas in California, with the lush riverbanks of the Santa Clara River and sand dunes along the shore. Two miles of beach provide surfing and fishing opportunities, however, swimmers are urged to use caution because of strong currents and riptides. The park offers campsites by the beach.
Mission San Buenaventura is a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscans in present-day Ventura, California. Founded on March 31, 1782, it was the ninth Spanish mission established in California and the last to be established by Father Junípero Serra.
Mondos Beach is a small sand and rock beach in a gap between homes along Pacific Coast Highway west of Ventura, CA. South of Mondos is the Solimar Beach Colony near Solimar Beach and north is Faria Beach Colony near Faria Beach. Mondos is good for beginner surfers and those on longboards. Stand-up paddleboarders also launch here.
The Ortega Adobe is an architectural example of smaller adobe homes that once lined Main Street in sharp contrast to the residences of wealthy landowners nearby. It was within this adobe that Emilio Ortega first began fire-roasting chiles, believed to be the first commercial food operation of its kind in California.
Oxnard Beach Park is a family friendly beach located in-between the Oxnard Shores neighborhood and the Embassy Suites Resort. This gorgeous stretch of beach features rolling lawns, free public barbecue areas, volleyball courts, kids play area, skating and jogging paths.
Solimar Beach is amazing--easy drive up the coast from Ventura, parking on the side of the road, nice white sand, and great surf. I used to come here almost every day during the summer time. At 63 degrees outside you could lie on the beach and be perfectly warm with a light breeze. What a great beach. Dogs are allowed.
Surfer’s Knoll Beach is across from the restaurants and shops at Ventura Harbor Village. Surfers Knoll has its own small parking lot where Spinnaker Drive turns north, but you can park at the Village and walk across the street if it is full. This spot is obviously popular for surfing, but for most of us, it is an excellent spot for beach combing.
Surfers Point Beach at Seaside Park in Ventura, California is located at the Ventura River mouth. A lagoon forms where the river backs up behind the beach which makes this a great birding location. The point faces south so waves coming from the west curl around it making right hand waves that roll in consistently.
If you live in Ventura you know these trees. We call them Two Trees. We are a simple town without pretention. Many towns — probably every town, if you know the town well enough — have an icon. The world bursts with iconic landmarks. They are usually quite grand. Paris has The Eiffel Tower. New York has the Statue of Liberty. Sydney, the Opera House.
Ventura Keys / Pierpont The Pierpont / Ventura Keys neighborhood is one of the best places in Ventura County to call home. The Keys is located along the water and features beachfront homes, waterfront homes with large docks, duplexes and beautiful single-family homes.