Ventura County Things To Do
Citrus Capital of the World. The charming City of Santa Paula, California is located 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 14 miles east of Ventura and the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. The center of Ventura County, Santa Paula is situated in the agricultural Santa Clara River Valley.
Known as the "Citrus Capital of the World,” Santa Paulais surrounded by rolling hills, rugged mountain peaks, and orange, lemon and avocado groves. From the natural beauty of the terrain to mild climates and quaint, small town essence, Santa Paula is an outstanding destination with diverse recreational and cultural opportunities.
Channel Islands National Park – Comprising a chain of five islands along the Southern California coast just north of Los Angeles, Channel Islands consists of 249,354 acres that include the islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara and 125,000 acres of submerged lands. The islands and their surrounding one mile of ocean, with its kelp forests, compose Channel Islands National Park where you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, bird watching, kayaking, whale watching, sailing/boating, hiking, wildlife viewing and stargazing. [Top]
Filmore & Western Railway – From arrival at Central Park in Fillmore until the excursion returns, the Fillmore & Western Railway provides a look at the way California used to be, when the orange groves dominated the landscape from Santa Clarita to Ventura and the railroad was small town California’s best friend. Built with equipment from the former Short Line Railroad Co., the train – in it’s 10th year - is a scenic excursion line and a fascinating attraction. Visit www.fwry.com. [Top]
California Oil Museum - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the California Oil Museum in Santa Paula highlights California’s oil industry through interactive displays, videos, working models, games, photographs, restored gas station memorabilia, an authentic turn-of-the-century cable-tool drilling rig, and new exhibits of science, technology, history, and art. Lundgren Park on theMuseum grounds is available for picnics. The Museum is the original home of Union Oil Company built in 1890. Visit www.olimuseum.net. [Top]
Limoneira Tours – Limoneira Tours offers a variety of adventures that take you back in time where you can live the rich history of the Ventura County fields and groves. Experience Hot Air Balloon Rides, Horseback Rides, Backcountry Jeep Tours, Citrus Ranch/Packing House Tours, Chuck Wagon Lunch, Gourmet Orchard Dining, and Historic Hometown Tours. The one-hour hot air balloon rides, which launch in Santa Paula, offer panoramic views of the Santa Clara Valley, Topa Mountains, Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. Visit www.limoneiratours.com. [Top]
Lake Piru Recreational Area - Lake Piru is in Ventura County, California, in the Los Padres National Forest next to the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. The beautiful foothill lake offers excellent boating, water skiing, trout/bass fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, a picnic area with a wonderful view of the lake, a marina, and a stocked store. Visit www.lake-piru.org. [Top]
Mission San Buenventura – The ninth mission in the California chain, San Buenaventura was founded in 1782 by Father Serra on the beach of the Santa Barbara Channel. One of the main reasons for the mission’s prosperity was the extensive irrigation provided by a seven-mile aqueduct that brought water from the Ventura River. Visit the church that was restored to its original state in 1957. [Top]
Los Padres National Forest - Los Padres National Forest encompasses 1.75 million acres in the coastal mountains of Southern California. The forest stretches 220 miles from the Big Sur Coast to western Los Angeles County. Los Padres National Forest features beautiful streams, rivers and beaches for a variety of recreational activities. Miles of trails offer hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The Forest has 10 designated Wildernesses areas comprising 875,000 acres. [Top]
Six Flags Magic Mountain – A California thrill ride haven, Six Flags Magic Mountain Los Angeles features 16 world-class roller coasters and 100 rides, games, attractions, shows and events for the entire family. Magic Mountain features the largest collection of XTREME roller coasters on the Planet and is home to 11 different world records. Experience Flashback, the world's only hairpin drop coaster, or Colossus, the tallest (48”) and fastest wooden coaster in the West. Visit www.sixflags.com/parks/magicmountain. [Top]
Mountain View Golf Course – Play Mountain View Golf Course in Santa Paula, CA, a beautiful and challenging 18-hole, 5501-yard course with rolling hills, tree-lined fairways water hazards, men’s and ladies tees, and a stocked pro shop. Call (805) 525-1571 or visit www.mountainviewgc.com for rates and tee times. [Top]
Santa Paula Airport – Founded in 1930, Santa Paula Airport is a private airport Santa and home of many experimental and antique craft, many of which are used in movie and TV productions, and the Aviation Museum. The private hangars house a variety of vintage aircraft and collections of memorabilia from antique radios to racecars. Hangar Number One tells the story of the founding of the airport. [Top]
Steckel Park – Steckel Park is a Ventura County day-use park with fishing, hiking, creekside camping facilities, shade trees, a playground, horseshoe pits, a softball field barbecue areas, and an aviary. Santa Paula Creek flows through this beautiful Santa Paula park. Visit http://gsa.countyofventura.org/parks/parkinfo.htm. [Top]
Santa Paula Murals – See the brilliant murals that bring life to a century-old downtown Santa Paula. The Murals of Santa Paula celebrate Santa Paula's multicultural history by the California’s most accomplished muralists. Each mural tells a fascinating story and each artist was carefully chosen to depict that aspect of the unique city’s history. [Top]
Santa Paula, CA 93060