- The list below includes 144 free or cheap things to do in or near Ventura, California, including 82 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Beaches, Movie Theaters and Bike Paths.
- From Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path to Marina Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Ventura and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Moorpark, Ojai, Camarillo and Oxnard.
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Cyclists get quite the workout on the Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path, which stretches between Ventura and Ojai. The smooth, paved surface is perfect for both racing and mountain bikes. Rollerbladers are also welcome.
From its location at the mouth of the Ventura River, Emma Wood State Beach is popular with anglers who often catch perch, bass, cabezon and corbina, as well as people who often spot dolphins just off the rocky shore. This beach offers several camping areas.
Accessible by ferry, the Channel Islands National Park consists of five small islands and offers a variety of outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, and camping. Oftentimes visitors can spot whales, foxes, and other wildlife on their trip.
The only remaining Monterey-style adobe home from the Rancho era, Olivas Adobe is a California Historic Landmark with a house and courtyard guests may tour. The location may be reserved for weddings, fiestas, and receptions.
Ventura's Lake Casitas Recreation Area is a huge park with over 400 individual campsites. It is a popular fishing destination. Visitors also hiking, birdwatching and fishing. Campsites must be reserved.
A sprawling county park covering 132 acres, Arroyo Verde Park features a nature center, as well as miles of hiking and running trails. The park also offers two playgrounds as well as picnic areas with barbecue grills.