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Ventura: The Ultimate Family Vacation in California

Ventura is the California beach town that dreams are made of – warm, welcoming, unpretentious, and packed full of delicious restaurants and adventurous, family friendly activities. While most families flock to popular California towns like Santa Barbara and Big Sur, Ventura is the hidden gem of Highway 1. Sandwiched between the Topatopa Mountains and the picturesque Pacific Ocean, Ventura has long been known as a sweet surf town and the jumping off point for Channel Islands National Park. But that’s only scratching the surface of this seaside darling. When it comes to the ultimate family vacation in California, Ventura has it all.

Where to Stay in Ventura

While there are various options for places to stay in Ventura, our pick for the best hotel for families is Waypoint Ventura, a vintage trailer hotel. You can choose from a wide variety of refurbished trailers, all of which are unique and have been expertly decorated for a one-of-a-kind experience. The trailers vary in size and can accommodate up to 8 people. In addition to offering unique accommodations, Waypoint also offers free bikes, cornhole, swings, a BBQ fire pit, and more. Plus, Waypoint is walking distance to the Ventura Pier and the beach. This is the place to stay for a family vacation in California.

Best Activities in Ventura

Ventura Botanical Gardens: Spread across over 100 acres of picturesque mountain terraces, the Ventura Botanical Garden has over 30,000 plants sprinkles on its hillside location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Entrance costs only $7 per person.

Rent Surrey Bikes with Wheel Fun Rentals: One of the best adventures in Ventura is biking along the beach with a bike rental from Wheel Fun Rentals. You can rent a double surrey bike for $39 per hour, which can fit up to six adults and two children under the age of 6. This is a great experience for a family vacation in California.

Hike in Arroyo Verde Park: If you’re booking a family vacation to Ventura, you won’t want to miss Arroyo Verde Park. There are beautiful trails to hike and explore and a large inclusive playground to play on. Plus, parking is free on the weekdays except holidays. There is a small fee on the weekends.

Mondo’s Beach: While Ventura has plenty of beautiful beaches, Mondo’s Beach is extra special. Located right off Highway 1, this local’s favorite is lined with large boulders on one side and the Pacific Ocean to the other side. The beach comes alive in the mornings as the sun peaks out over the Topatopa Mountains. This spot is a favorite of surfers, too!

The Channel Islands: Ventura is the gateway to Channel Islands National Park. If you want to kick up your adventure factor on your family vacation to Ventura, book a day trip to Santa Cruz Island with Island Packers. Within 3 hours of Ventura, you can go hiking and kayaking on one of the most awe-inspiring National Parks on earth.

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