20 Things to Do near Oxnard for under $20

The sleepy town of Oxnard, California, is the perfect getaway, complete with white beaches and a cozy harbor. Surfing, sailing, sunbathing, and even island hopping are all popular activities in this coastal destination.

But if you’re the kind of traveler who likes to explore out-of-the-way and budget-friendly attractions, this post is for you. We’ve compiled 20 of our favorite things to do near Oxnard, all of which cost under $20.


  1. Channel Islands Maritime Museum. This local treasure features an impressive collection of maritime art and hand-crafted ship models. Cost: $5 for adults and $2 for children over six.
  1. Downtown Oxnard Farmers Market. Stock your rental kitchen at this year-round market, open Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Cost: Pay for only what you eat.
  1. Channel Islands Ice Center. Practice your skills while spending time with loved ones at this non-profit rink in Ventura. Cost: $9.50 admission, $2.50 skate rental.
  1. Gull Wings Children’s Museum. The county’s only children’s museum features hands-on science exhibits, crafts, and more. Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for children over two.
  1. Heritage Square. This historic site features 15 beautifully restored buildings. Docent-guided tours are available on the weekends. Cost: Free on your own or $5 per adult with a guide.
  1. McGrath Family Farm. Pick your own strawberries, tomatoes, squash, or pumpkins, depending on the season. Cost: Call for availability and pricing.
  1. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. Learn about the 40th president’s life and legacy. Cost: $16 for adults, $9 for children ages 11 to 17, $6 for children ages three to 10.
  1. Wine Tasting. Sample exclusive vintages from Oxnard’s four tasting rooms or simply stop by the California Welcome Center in The Collection at RiverPark. Cost: About $10 to $15 per person.
  1. Mullin Automotive Museum. This new museum showcases the beauty of French automotive styling. Open select Saturdays. Cost: $15 for adults, $8 for children ages three through 11.
  1. Murphy Auto Museum. Explore a collection of more than 70 vintage automobiles from 1903 to modern times. Cost: $9 for adults, free for children 12 and under.
  1. Mission San Buenaventura. Learn about California history at the Mission by the Sea in downtown Ventura. Cost: $10 per family.
  1. Ventura Botanical Gardens. Located in the foothills above City Hall, the gardens include the one-mile Demonstration Trail, which leads to spectacular views from Grant Park. Cost: Free.
  1. Arroyo Verde Park. This 132-acre park includes miles of trails and open grass areas where you can enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch. Cost: $5 maximum for weekend parking.
  1. Underwood Family Farms. Watch the farm animals frolic and meet a few up close at the weekend animal show. Cost: $3 weekdays/$6 weekends, free for children under two.
  1. Beer Tasting. Try a new brew at Surf Brewery, Poseidon Brewing Company, or Anacapa Brewing Company, all in Ventura. Cost: Tasting flights from $10 to $20.
  1. Museum of Ventura County. This eclectic museum on Ventura’s Main Street exhibits art, historical artifacts, and more. Cost: $5 adults, $1 children six and older.
  1. Ventura River Trail. Follow the old Southern Pacific Railroad 6.3 miles through Ventura’s former agricultural and industrial zone to the Ojai Valley Trail. Cost: Free.
  1. Ojai Olive Oil Ranch. Tour working olive groves and sample infused oils Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Cost: Free.
  1. Meditation Mount. It’s just a short walk from the entrance to Ojai’s most scenic overlook. Cost: $2 suggested donation.
  1. California Oil Museum. This Santa Paula museum tells the history of one of California’s most important industries. Cost: $4 suggested donation.

Looking for the perfect place to stay? Channel Island Shores in Oxnard is only minutes from the harbor and one block from the beach.



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