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    Catch a flick at Century Theatre

    by tvdandy Written May 26, 2011

    You don't want to look old before your time do you? Spend some time indoors to avoid sunburned wrinkles. Century movie house is a great place to catch movies in Downtown Ventura. This movie theatre has an almost indie vibe. The true Ventura spirit. They have all the latest releases and some independent movies as wel.

    Century Movie Theater - Ventura, CA
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  • Great Surfing Spots

    by shacksimple Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Some of the best beaches and surfing in Ventura County are not right off the freeway. Sometimes you have to travel through town a bit to get there. And sometimes the locals aren't as friendly as they should be. But weekdays at Silver Strand in Oxnard can be a delight. Those kinds of days make me wonder why I work.

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    George Stuart Collections - Ventura Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Once again I will say I feel blessed to see such a wonderful exhibit as this. It travels across the country, but this museum has a portion of his collection continuously on exhibit in the museum's Smith Gallery. Oh my goodness! I can't tell the detail in the faces of these dolls. The customes are excellent. He trives to make them as accurate as he can from drawings, paintings or what is available as far as history provides. "Excellent!"

    Parking:
    There is a free parking lot on the West side of the Museum, which is accessible from both Main and Santa Clara Streets. There is also parking along the street on both Main and Santa Clara Streets.

    Museum Hours:
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.

    Also closed for New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Admission:

    Members Free
    General (18-61) $4.00
    Senior and AAA $3.00
    Children (6-17) $1.00

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    Free Wheeling Exhibit - Ventura Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Does any one remember their first bike? Raise your hand! Hmm, I see, many do! I remember for my 8th birthday, my dad took me to K-mart and as always I just followed. I followed him to the bike department and he said, "It's your birthday, pick the bike you want!" I can't tell you how precious that moment that was. I picked of course what was popular. A blue banana seat bike with the high handle bars with the little basket that hanged in front. It is a good thing my mom never watched me much when I rode my bike......lol! See, I think this exhibit will bring back so many memories of those precious yesteryears:-) It is small, yet wonderful! Much to enjoy here!
    Museum Hours:
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.

    Also closed for New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Admission:

    Members Free
    General (18-61) $4.00
    Senior and AAA $3.00
    Children (6-17) $1.00

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  • Unique bikes from Wheel Fun Rentals

    by Al.S Written Jul 24, 2009

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    Rent one of the many unique cycles offered at Wheel Fun Rentals. They have traditional beach cruisers and mountain bikes, as well as fun trikes and four wheelers. They even offer three to eight passenger surreys- great for the whole family.
    The location at the Ventura pier has bike tours to Ojai that come with multi speed bikes, helmets, locks, maps, and more to enhance your enjoyment.

    Family on Surrey Deuce Coupe Bike Tours
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    City Hall - the Old Courthouse

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Jun 30, 2009

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    The current Ventura City Hall is in the old Ventura County Courthouse. It is up the hill from the rest of downtown and looks over the town with a nice view towards the Pacific Ocean. It is a fairly impressive building, and because it was the old courthouse for the entire county, it is far larger and more ornate than anything the city itself would have had from the same time. It has an impressive, dominant position over the town.

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    Mission San Buenaventura

    by Jim_Eliason Written Sep 1, 2008

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    This was one of the later missions, finished in 1809 and is still an active parish today. The grounds are somewhat limited due to modern Parish buildings but it's still a peaceful oasis in downtown Ventura.

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    MISSION COURTYARD

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 14, 2008

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    The lovely, peaceful and serene MISSION COURTYARD contains a fountain, gardens, Star Pine trees and a shrine to the Blessed Virgin.
    Under Padre Cambron, a seven mile-long aquaduct was constructed to bring Ventura River water to the Mission. With this water, the Mission was able to maintain its flourishing gardens and orchards.
    I really enjoyed this area of the Mission and even saw a teeny hummingbird fluttering near the fountain.

    The Mission Courtyard Lovely Fountain Shrine to Blessed Virgin
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    MISSION SAN BUENAVENTURA

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 14, 2008

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    Established in 1782, the MISSION SAN BUENAVENTURA was the 9th and last mission founded by Padre Junipero Serra. The Mission was named in honor of Saint Bonaventure.
    The Mission's Bell , which was donated by a long-time parishioner, hangs in the bell tower above the four ancient hand-operated bells.
    Inside the Mission Church, which was quite dark, you can see simple wooden pews, the confessionals, Baptistry in the Serra Chapel, Stations of the Cross paintings, wooden consecration crosses, the main altar and the shrine to the Crucifixion. You may also light one of the candles in the area next to the altar.
    Donation: $2.00

    Mission San Buenaventura Courtyard of the Mission

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    Serra Cross at Grant Park

    by HotSpotJ Written Apr 8, 2008

    On Easter Sunday, March 31, 1782, Spanish missionary, Father Junipero Serra, founded Mission San Buenaventura. Shortly after the Mission’s founding, a large wooden cross was planted on top of a hill overlooking the Mission church. This highly visible cross served as a road sign for travelers in search of the Mission. This cross has been twice removed, though the current cross was erected in 1912. The now privately funded Grant Park is home to the Serra Cross and provides for a relaxing setting with one of the most spectacular views in Southern California. During my time in Ventura I'd jog up to the cross and take some fabulous photos... I'd recommend this to anyone visiting or living in the area.

    Serra Cross Serra Cross The Cross from a distance The view from the Cross View from the Cross
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    Exploring Downtown Ventura

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 9, 2007

    Ventura's downtown is very picturesque, with some pretty streets, a few museums, and nice squares. Check out Figueroa Square--directly in front of the Mission. It has a fountain, a couple murals, and provides some quiet space.

    Downtown's Main Street is lined with shops, restaurants, and attractions. I arrived too late for the Museum of Art and History or the Archeological Museum, but they're nearby.

    Main Street in downtown Ventura Murals at Figueroa Plaza The fountain The Albinger Archeological Museum The Museum of Art and History
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    Main Street

    by HotSpotJ Written Nov 3, 2007

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    The center of Ventura is the intersection of Main Street and California. Here you'll find the amazing shops, pubs, and boutiques of Ventura. The 1782 Mission is also on Main Street. Parking is very hassle free here, so come down and spend a day in Ventura!

    Ventura Main Street
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    Why the beach of course.

    by tvdandy Written Oct 5, 2007

    Well, after all, this is a beachtown. The beaches are clean with less seaweed then Santa Barbara.
    Their is also a pier for fishing. I believe the main thing here is the surfing, there are some good breaks here and everybody and their mama had a board. The sands are nice and wide. The only thing I did not like is that the sun did not set in the ocean, this is a hit or miss on the Central Coast.

    Ventura Beach, CA Pier on Ventura beach surfer on Ventura beach sun setting on Ventura beach husband and wife surfers, it's a family affair
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    Mission San Buenaventura

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 10, 2007

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    Founded in 1782 by Fray Junipero Serra on Easter Morning, March 31 and the ninth and last founded during his lifetime, and one of six he personally dedicated. A permanent construction began in 1792, but was not complete till almost 1809 and dedicated on Sept. 9. Services began the very next day.
    The mission survived earthquakes and pirates. It's land and possessions were seized by the Mexican government, but later after the state was part of the union Bishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany petitioned the United States Government to return that part of the Mission holdings comprising the church, clergy residence, cemetery, orchard, and vineyard to the Catholic Church. The request was granted in the form of a Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on May 23, 1862.

    This mission is still a very active catholic church. I was so impressed with how they have kept the interior as it was over two hundred years. The paintings on the walls are all original and so old. Masses are still held here, so be sure not to interrupt a mass during your visit. It has a gift shop and mini museum and a beautiful patio area too.

    MISSION SAN BUENAVENTURA Historical Marker NO. 310

    Hours:
    Mon - Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Closed Major Holidays

    Admission:
    Donation for the Museum and a self-guided tour is $1.00 for adults and 50 cents for children.

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    China Alley

    by Dabs Updated May 12, 2007

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    Right near the Peirano Grocery building is a Chinese gate marking the entrance to China Alley. There's really nothing to see down the alley, I suppose the gate serves as a historical reminder about the Chinese in Ventura.

    The Chinese settled in Ventura in the 1860s working mostly as farmers, laborers and domestic help. Around 200 Chinese lived there until the 1920s in their own community, nothing of "Chinatown" exists there today. I'm not sure if the gate is original or a reproduction.

    For an in depth look at the Chinese in California, take a look at this section of the National Park Service website.

    China Alley

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