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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- McGrath Family Farm. Pick your own strawberries, tomatoes, squash, or pumpkins, depending on the season. Cost: Call for availability and pricing.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mission San Buenaventura. Learn about California history at the Mission by the Sea in downtown Ventura. Cost: $10 per family.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ojai Olive Oil Ranch. Tour working olive groves and sample infused oils Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Cost: Free.
- Meditation Mount. It’s just a short walk from the entrance to Ojai’s most scenic overlook. Cost: $2 suggested donation.
- 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.