I have lived in this County for almost 15 years and never went to the Albinger Archaeological Museum. This is a preserved archaeological exploration site and visitor center in downtown area.
There on display is evidence of Native American culture 3,500 years old; Chumash village site, which was settled in approximately AD 1500; the archaeologists uncovered the foundation of original mission as well.
The museum covers archaeological history going back over ten thousand years to recent, the excavations surrounding the museum are of the mission. You will see the stone foundations of two buildings that once housed the Indian workers and the stone foundations of the first church. The first church, or the forgotten church, began construction in 1787, was demolished in 1790, and rediscovered in 1974.
Located at 113 E. Main Street in Ventura.
Open Weds. – Fri. from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Sat. & Sun. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. , closed Mondays.
Admission is free, but donations are graciously accepted.
Good and Inexpensive
This restaurant combines fast food with restaurant dining. It's called, "Italian Faster Food". It is always busy and the food is fresh, healthy, hot and good.
There are several locations: Ventura, Santa Barbara, Goleta and Camarillo
Very inexpensive, good for those on a budget or with a lot of mouths to feed. I really enjoy the dinner salad with the gorgonzola cheese, pear, walnuts and raspberry vinagrette dressing.
You can have a choice of pasta: Angel hair, Penne, Fettucini, Ravioli, etc with your choice of sauce: Putanesca, Pesto, Alfredo, Marinara then add in: Meatballs, Vegetables , mushrooms, etc. All served with garlic bread.
San Buenaventura State Park
I love to bring my boys here. We always have a wonderful time. This beach allows swimming, surfing and picnicking. The beach has two miles of sandy beach, sand dunes, picnic sites, a parking lot, a snack bar and a beach-equipment rental shop, restrooms, showers, and a wonderful biking, jogging, or skating path. Oh lots of wonderful shade trees too!
Ventura County encompasses a good deal of agricultural land, and throughout the county on any given day you can find a certified farmer's market.
Here in the City of Ventura the market is on Saturday mornings in this location AND in the lot of the Pacific View Mall Wednesdays 9 to 1 pm.
You can buy fresh baked bread, local honey, avocados, oranges, and yes of course, our famous strawberries!!
The flowers I put on my front door each week comes from the farmer's market.
You can eat your way through the market: Tamales, bar-b-que, baked goods, coffee and sodas.
Open: Saturdays 8:30 am to Noon (downtown location)
Wednesdays: Parking lot of the Pacific View Mall 9 to 1 pm (Main Street and Mills)