Santa Paula Travel Guide

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    Happy 8 year old on first airplane ride.
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    Eight year old CoPilot at the controls.
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Santa Paula Things to Do

  • Historical Downtown - 1873

    What is so wonderful about a lot of little towns is there is usually always a Main St. and Santa Paula is no different. Lots of wonderful little shops here to stroll around and look. Some nice benches to relax on and enjoy the sunny weather here:-)

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  • Odd Fellows' Clock Tower 1905

    This is another beautiful center piece in the historical downtown area. They show this tower by appointment only. They are even shops in the basement too!Aparently it is one of the many campsite used by the "Portola Expedition"Used August 11, 1769Odd Fellows Town Clock Ventura County Landmark No. 61

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  • The Little Red School House

    Santa Clara School house was built in 1896 at the cost of $2,635 to house 35 studentsof different ages from all over the local area. The first teacher was Miss Martha Seaward who was payed a whopping $60 a month. It is still to this day a working school house. They give a tour, but it is by appointments only.Little Red 1896 School House Ventura...

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  • Morenton Bay Fig Tree

    Planted in July 4 in 1879 and is considered a Ventura County Historical Landmark #79. Me and the hubby was so impressed by it's size because we have never seen a "Fig" so huge.Morenton Bay Fig Tree Ventura County Landmark No. 79

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  • Aviation Museum of Santa Paula

    A non-profit corporation established at the Santa Paula Airport to preserve the history of the airport and its collection of old, rare, antique & classic aircraft and countless other aviation memorabilia. Consists at present of 9 museum hangers & under construction a WWII hanger. The Airport Museum holds free open house the first Sunday of every...

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  • "Harvey" at the SPTC

    Updated: The current play of the 2009 season is "Harvey", a favorite for decades; performances now through December 20, 2009.The Santa Paula Theater Center presents the ever popular comedy "Harvey" by Mary Chase, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama , making its Broadway debut in 1944. "Harvey" was also made into a motion picture starring James...

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  • The Santa Paula Theater Center

    The Santa Paula Theater Center playhouse is housed in an imposing old large mansion just one block west on Main Street from the Cape Cod Model Boat Museum. Known as The Ebell Club of Santa Paula in 1913, the mansion is Ventura County Historical Landmark No. 70. Set back on the southeast corner of 7th Street and Main behind a large grassy city park,...

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  • Current Exhibit@California Oil Museum

    A new exhibit commemorates the 80th Anniversary of the Saint Francis Dam Disaster. This dam, erected as part of the Los Angeles water supply aqueduct system, burst in 1928-sending a torrent of dammed-up water in the night cascading in a flood down the Santa Clara River Valley. Towns, including Santa Paula were inundated with loss of life. The dam's...

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  • Crude Oil Production Rigs

    In the hills and mountain sides of South Mountain south of Santa Paula and Sulphur Mountain north and west of Santa Paula are numerous working oil fields whose apparatus can be seen on the skylines. I find these rigs fascinating because there are working oil and gas fields only a few miles from my home at the coast. Along South Mountain Road near...

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  • Santa Paula Train Depot

    September 1, 1887 - Santa Paula Branch of SP railroad was completed. Now is serves a shortline track from Fillmore and houses the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce.Southern Pacific Railroad Depot Ventura County Landmark No. 23

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  • The Mill

    The oldest established business in Santa Paula. The Mill built in 1888 to house many of the railroad operations and equipment. It is now a wonderfully filled antique shop with many unique items and has a very nice gift shop too!The Mill Ventura County Landmark No. 69

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  • Union Oil Building - 1890

    As with most little Califonia towns can owe their thanks to two things. Black Gold and the Rail Road. Progress seems to stem from either of these things. Union Oil Company Building was established in Santa Paul in 1890 by oil pioneers Thomas Bard, Lyman Stewart, and Wallace Hardison. It's cost to build such a structure was $38,000. It has some...

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  • California Oil Museum

    This historic building of fine architecture dating to 1890 was the original headquarters of the Union Oil Company. Building cost of construction was just $37,000. This is California Historical Landmark #996 & Ventura County Historical Landmark #36. Oil was first discovered in California near the present day Santa Paula by Chumash Indians in a crude...

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  • Downtown murals

    One of the things that we liked the best about Santa Paula were the attractive and interesting murals painted on the walls of a number of its downtown buildings. The murals (there are currently 8 of them) portray elements of the town's history, its people and its economy.

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  • Beautiful Old Homes

    Santa Paula has many old, stately, well kept turn of the century Victorian homes and excellent examples of the Craftsman period after WW1 and into the 1920s and early 1930s. There are also large old and interesting ranch homes along Foothill Road and Telegraph Road west of town. The old home neighborhoods are enhanced by very large, mature trees...

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Santa Paula Restaurants

  • Restaurant sold-Opened as CAVU. Now...

    THIS RESTAURANT NOW CLOSED! Logsdon's retired and sold the restaurant which was re-named CAVU-a poor name only known to pilot's meaning "Ceiling And Visibility Unlimited". New owners did not last long. Restaurant's last day of operation was 3 February 2013.The new, enlarged Logsdon Restaurant and Lounge with quiet elegance replaced the former...

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  • Restaurant is closed Sadely:(

    It was very hot that day and I was not feeling too good. Yet, when we entered the restaurant the hostess was quick to get us to a very nice table in the corner next to the window. She brought us water right away and they kept it coming. The food was really good too! They served breakfast that day till 3pm. So my boys had pancakes, which they loved....

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  • Best Mexican Food

    Authentic Mexican food...the best restaurant in Santa Paula. It's owned and run by the grandchildren of the original owner. One of them is always there to meet and greet you and make sure that everything runs smoothly. At lunchtime you'll find a different buffet every day of the week.

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Santa Paula Transportation

  • Free Aircraft Rides-Kids 8 to 18

    On the First Sunday of every month, weather permitting, the EAA Young Eagles Program offers free airplane rides to kids from 8 to 18. A national program to encourage aviation interest and careers, the Young Eagles Program has given nearly 3 million children free aircraft rides. In Santa Paula, these are offered by members of the EAA Chapter 723 at...

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  • Free Rides in Electric Carts-at Aviation...

    On the first Sunday of the month the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula at the Santa Paula Airport is open between 10am and 3pm for both Hangar and aircraft displays. The Museum offers electric cart trips between the hangar exhibits using quiet small electric carts for those who do not wish to walk, or have some handicap. They are available at the...

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  • Downtown Trolley's

    They have this service available during festivals or special occasions. It has stops that takes you to all the historical attractions in town. It is a service based out of Ojai.I am still researching this.

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Santa Paula Local Customs

  • Mural-The Chumash Indians

    The heritage of the Chumash Indians native to Ventura County who dwelled in the area now known as Santa Paula and its surrounding environs ages ago is celebrated in a mural on the west-facing wall of the Santa Paula Public Library at 119 No. Eighth Street. This mural of the series was most difficult for me to photograph well because it is...

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  • Mural-Founders & Pilot's of Santa Paula...

    Honoring Founders and Pilot's of Santa Paula's Airport is the theme of the newest mural. This is a bit farther west on Main Street near Fourth Street west of downtown. In a car, it took some time to find it against a west facing wall of a travel agency on the south side of Main.Santa Paula's airport was founded & dedicated August, 1930 by Ralph...

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  • Mural-Celebrating Santa Paula's Latino...

    The Latino heritage is very strong in Santa Paula. A wonderfully colorful and lively mural celebrates Hispanic life, located at a prime location in a Mexican food restaurant's parking lot on the corner of Tenth and Main Street just across from the California Oil Museum. A panoply of Latin life is shown, including a glorious wedding celebration,...

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Santa Paula Warnings and Dangers

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    The area south of the stanchions and ropes (the runway side) is RESTRICTED AREA for pilots and airport personnel only. Please do not enter. There are active aircraft on the ground as well as in the air. Pilots have very limited visibility from the cockpit while on the ground. AVOID PROPELLER AREA ON ALL AIRCRAFT , INCLUDING PROPELLERS THAT ARE NOT TURNING. Keep children and pets within your reach at all times. This is all for your safety. -Thank you and enjoy your visit. Courtesy the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula A Non-profit Corporation.

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Santa Paula What to Pack

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    by Tugboatguy Updated Dec 14, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: A waist or 'fanny' pack is handy to wear while traveling around Santa Paula attractions. In town, it is suggested you wear it in front for safety. If women have a strap purse, sling it over your neck rather than on one shoulder and hold it with one hand in crowds. Be aware of your surroundings on crowded streets downtown.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure to bring light colored, porous shirts and blouses for summer travel here as it can get very hot in July, August and September, meaning 90 degrees F up to 100+ F. Make sure you have bottled water on trips and a large hat that can shade you. I have a broad-brim Tilley hat with band under chin to keep it from blowing off in the wind.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring and use liberal sunscreen at least SPF-30 and recoat often because perspiration dilutes its effective protection. Bugs or mosquitos are not a problem because of lack of standing water and the Ventura County Agricultural Advisor makes sure no bugs damage crops with effective pest contol programs. If you are allergic to bee stings, however, take proper precautions, as beekeeping is prevalent for honey production in the Santa Clara Valley.

    Photo Equipment: Photo film and batteries are readily available. If using a digital camera, a large storage capacity card may be helpful. My digital camera has a 512 MB SD card inserted, with a spare 256 MB card. If using a rechargeable battery camera, be sure to bring your charger with you. Standard is 117 Volt AC , 60 cycles (Hertz) current.

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Santa Paula Off The Beaten Path

  • Exotic Animals Displaced by Fire

    Several exotic animals (in addition to pet horses and milk cows) were evacuated and displaced by the (Labor) Day Fire in the Los Padres Mountains to various animal shelters. The pictures show two large Arabian Dromedary (one-hump) Camels and also one of several South American Alpaca Llamas, noted for their fine wool. These animals have been a...

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  • Hiking And Camping in the Los Padres...

    The Los Padres National Forest & Mountains just north of Santa Paula normally offer many rugged campsites, scenic vistas, hiking trails, waterfalls, pools and creeks to explore and enjoy. With the so-called Day Fire ravaging much of this area, one needs some current guidance as to what areas have been reopened for public use. The National Forest...

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  • Day Fire Smolders 4 Months After First...

    It seems incredible, but the Day Fire in the Los Padres National Forest and Mountains is STILL NOT OUT!, continuing to smolder four+ months after it's Labor Day September 4, 2006 start! In smoldering pockets and underground deep tree roots, the fire continues to burn, and the area is still closed to mountain climbers and forest hikes. The burned...

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Santa Paula Sports & Outdoors

  • He Built His Own Golf Course

    Ozzie Osborn is a retired Navy Seabee* who loves golf. He loves it so much that, about a dozen years ago, he bought some land along South Mountain Road and singlehandedly built his own nine hole, par 27 golf course. After all, The Seabees' motto is "Can do!" All holes are par 3. Ozzie has had 8 aces (holes in one), 7 on his own course! He had the...

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  • City Skateboard Park

    The city of Santa Paula has erected a large enclosed smooth concrete skateboard park with multiple slope gradients and levels of difficulty within the downtown Veteran's Memorial Park. There is a gated entrance with a two sided sign bearing bilingual (English and Spanish) rules for use of the facility. Prominent is the requirement for wearing a...

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  • Mountain View Golf Course

    Mountain View Golf Course is a picturesque conventional 18 hole semi-private golf course built into the side of the South Mountain foothills. Front nine par 35, back nine par 34 for 69 total from the men's tees. Ladies tees front nine par 38, back nine par 36 for 74 total. 150 yard markers located in the middle of the fairways. The last time I...

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